ABOUT

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
- Maya Angelou
Dance was my first passion. I grew up a military brat and moved frequently. Creative expression became my one constant. I was bit by the creative bug and began to discover other creative outlets. I played the violin, piano and also took to drawing. One of my earliest and favorite memories as a child was listening to my father tell stories of his childhood. That is when I developed a love for the art of storytelling. When I look back, I am grateful for these early experiences because it is where I learned to connect, communicate and cope. 
Art isn’t good or bad. It exists. I believe creative expression is a form of communication that universally connects us to the human condition. We all have stories to tell and movement is the primary medium I use to create narratives. I am passionate about sharing my creative process because I believe art is a learned skill.  It is a way for us to explore, investigate, and heal collectively. As a social conscious artist, I am dedicated to showcasing work that serves to initiate conversation. I believe social change starts from within. Art is a form of activism and I use my work to protest injustice, proclaim life’s gifts and provide for my community.

Art isn’t good or bad. It exists. 

- Alyssa

Artist

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

I grew up immersed in the arts and my work is influenced by my diverse training in dance, music and theatre. I received my B.F.A in Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. 

Professionally I have danced for Disneyland Resort, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, IsadoraNOW, Visionary Dance Theatre, and PGK Dance Project. While dancing for Disneyland Resort,I performed with Demi Lovato, Anika Noni Rose, and Cheryl Burke. I've recently focused on pursuing a musical theatre career and worked with with La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theatre, and Oceanside Theater Company.

Educator

“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.” – Louise Bourgeois

Creativity is a tool and I believe the ability to express one’s self and relate to others. It is a skill that can be very valuable in various professions and social experiences. 

As an arts advocate I educate people on why art matters. I partner with arts organizations as a guest artist and host performances, events, and workshops.

As a teacher I train young dancers and adults with fitness goals how to use their bodies physically and creatively. I use the pilates method to improve body awareness and prevent injury. I use choreography to enhance a dancers performance skills. 

Creator

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." 

 - Coretta Scott King

I am the founder of Continuum Arts Project and co-founder or arts & wellness collective, Soultry Sisters. As a leader, I provide opportunities to connect, create and celebrate as a community.  I use my platforms to create a safe place for people to learn, grow and creatively express themselves.

Arts Advocate

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.” – Jean Vanier

Professional development for artists can get overlooked and sometimes the resources aren't as accessible to independent artists. 
 
In 2018, I received a mentorship grant through the William Male Foundation. I was able to concentrate and dedicate time to train in voice and acting as I auditioned and pursued musical theatre. ​
The William Male Foundation believes in giving support directly to artists who are connected to the San Diego community and looking to professionally develop and diversify their skill set. 
I am now a member of the selection committee. I enjoy advocating for the arts and helping other San Diego artists grow and thrive.
The William Male Foundation awards grants twice a year. 
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