Dance artist, educator, interdisciplinary choreographer and filmmaker based in Austin, Texas.
Allison Beaty is a dance artist, choreographer, educator, filmmaker, and researcher committed to collaboration and interdisciplinary exploration in all facets of her work. She holds an MFA in Dance (Choreography) from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a BA in Dance with Highest Honors from Texas Tech University.
Allison is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Austin Community College, Texas Tech University, and the University of Central Missouri, having previously taught at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her teaching and choreographic style is informed by release techniques (most notably Safety Release Technique under the mentorship of creator, B.J. Sullivan), somatic practices, improvisation, and her love for psychology/cognitive neuroscience, anatomy, and interdisciplinary creativity.
Allison’s choreographic work is situated in the postmodern/contemporary genre with a focus on process, experimentation and chance, improvisation, and abstraction. Her current creative work focuses on abstraction of neurological and psychological principles of memory through interdisciplinary collaboration with the artistic mediums of dance, music, visual art/projection design, and film.
Allison's concert and screen dance choreography has been presented at the Wicklow ScreenDance Laboratory (Ireland), the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival (Florida), the International ScreenDance Festival (Iowa; Mexico), the 16th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, and the American College Dance Association Southcentral Conference (Texas), among numerous other concerts and festivals across the United States.
Allison is immersed in creative and scholarly research at the intersection of artmaking, pedagogical practice, and scientific inquiry. Her research on collaborative choreographic practices and shared ownership in dance is published in Research in Dance Education and was presented at the 2019 NDEO National Conference in Miami, FL. She remains committed to this research trajectory, seeking to redefine traditional hierarchical power structures and foster a sense of community and shared ownership throughout her various choreographic processes and teaching methods.
Alongside her creative and pedagogical practice, Allison is also engaged in quantitative research in the field of Psychology, examining memory mechanisms for dance expertise in collaboration with Dr. Peter Delaney at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Lane Adams at the University of Illinois Chicago.