Ms. Allen received her ballet training at the Vancouver Academy of Music under the direction of Soonee Lee. She was also trained at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. During that time, Ms. Allen had the opportunity to study with a great number of renowned dance artists such as David Earle, Laura Alonso, Marquita Lester and Lambros Lambrou.
As a professional dancer, Ms. Allen has danced with the Theatre Ballet of Canada under the direction of Lawrence Gradus and the Ottawa Ballet under the direction of Frank Augustyn. Ms. Allen has performed in Asia and throughout North America and has worked with many international artists, among them Lynn Seymour, Karen Kain, and Christopher House.
Ms. Allen’s repertoire ranges from classical ballet to original choreography. She has performed in many classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Paquita and La Fille Mal Gardee, as well as numerous pieces from renowned choreographers. These pieces include Bella by Danny Grossman, Cecilia by Lawrence Gradus, Glass House by Christopher House, Tin Soldier by Timothy Spain, Inching by Danny Gossman, and Sleep Study by David Parsons.
Ms. Allen began teaching ballet in 1990 in Ottawa, and has since been teaching in Canada and the United States. In July of 1999, Ms. Allen co-founded Pacific DanceArts in Vancouver, Canada alongside Li Yaming. With over 20 years of experience in teaching ballet to young children, Ms. Allen has developed a curriculum to enhance the development of students at each stage of a child’s life in order to reach their full potential. Ms. Allen takes pride in creating a strong and well rounded base for children in their early stages of ballet. She believes that technique and creativity as well as the enjoyment of dance are equally important for a student’s success.