FAVORITE LIFE QUOTE: "Live the life you love. Love the life you live."
OCCUPATION: Cardioradiographer - Cardiac Catheterization & Angiography Labs
Sports Team: Waving my Terrible Towel for my hometown team…The Pittsburgh Steelers!
Cartoon Character: Donkey from the movie Shrek. I have literally seen this movie 1,825 times…every night…for 5 years straight! And yes, I can quote the entire movie!
Hobbies: Dancing, drawing, singing, reading & traveling
Movie: Billy Madison, White Chicks, Tangled, Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek...oh who am I kidding, I like all the Shreks!
Actor/Actress: Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone & Melissa McCarthy
Artist/Band: Lady Gaga, Pink & Shinedown
TV Show: Dancing with the Stars
Restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings for the food, Fiesta Ranchera for the margaritas
Food: I like salad! Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. Fine, it was pizza. I like pizza!
Ice Cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Game to Play: Cards Against Humanity, anything Mario, really any game…who doesn’t like games!
WHAT IS YOUR DANCE BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE?
I have been dancing since I could walk and have been in love with it ever since. I have trained for over 25 years in all dance genres & have choreographed and danced professionally for over a decade. I have trained extensively in lyrical, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. However, my heart belongs to ballet and pointe, in which I trained under a noted ballet master intensively for 15 years. I was invited to be a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Company and have performed in numerous productions, including the roles of Clara and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. I am a decorated competitive soloist & UCA All-Star Cheerleader. I’m no stranger to performing on the football field as this will be my 12th season dancing at the Coliseum!
WHAT ARE SOME PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES YOU’VE PURSUED THROUGH DANCE?
I have choreographed and danced professionally for over a decade. I have also had the pleasure of dancing professionally at the Coliseum since Bloomington football’s inaugural season in 2006 and have danced for the Bloomington Edge, Bloomington Extreme, Bloomington Flex and Central Illinois Drive. I have represented the sports teams of the Coliseum as the arena promotional spokesperson. I have danced everywhere from the middle of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue at The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival to under the Arch for the St. Louis Cardinals to the court of the WNBA Chicago Sky. My credits include numerous music videos, a featured dancer in the Ultimate Cheerleader Publications, MTV’s “Made” and many more.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES? Schmal, Alisaurus, Ali, Poopsie, Munchie, Roonie, Ali-suhn, Al
MY TEAMMATES DESCRIBE ME AS...Fun!
WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I'm a tomboy that likes to work on cars with my dad, my favorite pet growing up was my ferret named Jade & I'm addicted to ChapStick.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK TWO CELEBRITIES TO BE YOUR PARENTS WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Adam Sandler and Kevin James
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? The ability to freeze time
WHAT IS THE MOST EMBARRASSING SONG ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW? “Baby Got Back”
FINISH THIS STATEMENT: I am most proud of…Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from college, my life adventures & the person I have become.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY? At 5 years old, I competed in my first solo dance competition. I debuted my routine, “Alisaurus,” a take-off of my name and the nature of my song, “Dinosaur Rock n’ Roll.” I was awarded first place in my category. I was also awarded “Overall Top Score” of the entire competition that included dancers from all over the nation, up through 18 years of age. I took home an “Overall Top Score” trophy, which stood taller than me!
Not only did my parents encourage me to pursue my love of dance and performance, but also they joined in as well! Some of my favorite childhood memories include my parents taking the stage alongside me. My whole family performed in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with my dad as a soloist performing the role of Reuben. My family also spent many years performing in The Nutcracker…which sets the stage for my #1 fondest childhood “Dance Dad” moment. My dad was in full stage makeup before the start of the performance. My tights ripped and my “Dance Dad” quickly addressed my dance emergency and saved the day by volunteering to run to Walgreens to get me a pair of tights. He ran in and asked in which aisle he could find women’s tights. After being met with several perplexed stares, he remembered he was in full stage makeup…blue eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick and all. Best “Dance Dad” ever.
And…honorable mention goes to…jumping off my garage roof onto our trampoline when my parents weren't looking…that ranks up there pretty high too!
WHAT BRINGS A SMILE TO YOUR FACE? Spending time with the people I love and care about. Also…dessert!
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? Pictures
YOUR PERFECT DAY WOULD BE...Waking up on a beach in Cancun with a book in one hand and a drink in the other…spending the day relaxing with family and friends!
MY LIFE IN ONE WORD...Remarkable
BIGGEST ADVENTURE...Swimming with sharks in the open waters of Punta Cana. Don’t worry guys…I’m still here!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Good old detasseling
WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Hemsworth…it’s impossible for a girl to pick just one!
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? On a rare night off…jumping into my rocking chair with my pillow and popping in a good movie…you know what movie that is!
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM VACATION DESTINATION? Scuba diving in Hawaii
FAVORITE THING TO DO IN BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL? Work hard…play harder!
WHAT IS YOUR JUNK FOOD WEAKNESS? Chocolate...anything with chocolate!
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST? My sister - My forever friend. There are a lot of things that make life more beautiful - my sister is one of them. I have someone special to share laughter and good times with, someone to love and lean on, and someone to create treasured memories with. Jenna is so much more than a sister to me - she’s the golden thread to the meaning of life, a special part of my heart and I am so grateful for her. I strive to be like her every day.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? My parents. They introduced me to dance at a very young age and taught me that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. They are always my number one motivators and cheerleaders! They embody the type of person I strive to be every day. My mother - for her selflessness, her inspiration, her love and her unwavering belief in me. She instilled in me the importance of giving everything 110% and to always pursue my dreams. She is the most inspirational and wonderful woman I have ever met and I strive to be more like her every day. My father - for his strength and guidance, his affirmed confidence in me and for being the absolute best lifelong “Dance Dad” a girl could ever ask for. My parents will always be my #1 role models and heroes.
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL AMBITION? To always be the best I can be in all of my endeavors and to make everlasting memories with those I love.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO AUDITION FOR THE EDGE? For the love of dance and the love of living on the EDGE!
IF YOU COULD SAY ANYTHING TO THE EDGE FANS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? You’re awesome! Thank you for letting us entertain you! We have the best fans! Go Edge!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PART OF THE EDGE DANCE TEAM? When my boots first hit the turf 12 seasons ago, I knew the football field was destined to be my stage. How blessed I am to do what I love - dance! I am so fortunate to get to share this experience with girls who are not only my teammates but also lifelong friends. I have met some wonderful people along the way and will always cherish these friendships and experiences. I'm also so grateful for the opportunity to serve as a role model for many young people in the community, both on and off the field.