Ali McKeon is an independent choreographer, filmmaker and director of the Ali McKeon Dance Project and CRAFT dance series. Currently, she works with Menlowe Ballet in Menlo Park, California and Adaptations Dance Theater in Haiku, Maui as a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker.
Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Dance from Stanford University (2011) and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine (2014). She has studied with master teachers such as Kristine Elliott, Diane Frank, Muriel Maffre, Tong Wang, Diane Diefenderfer, and Loretta Livingston and has danced for Robert Moses, Amy Seiwert, Jodie Gates, Garen Scribner, Quinn Wharton, and Lisa Naugle. She has received numerous awards in the academic and dance field including the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts, the UC Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Stanford Award of Excellence, and the UC Irvine Graduate Fellowship.
In 2015, she founded the Ali McKeon Dance Project and its annual project CRAFT Dance Series. The project is an intensive, two-week experimental choreographic lab led by co-artistic directors Ali McKeon and Stefanie Maughan. The project's mission is to cultivate a collaborative, high-stakes, time-sensitive environment in order to produce works that are instinctive and raw; and at the same time cohesive, imaginative, grand. For more information about this project, please visit www.craftseries.org.
Along with her direction of CRAFT dance series and her professional appointments with Menlowe Ballet and Adaptations Dance Theater, she is an active member of the larger Bay Area community participating in various independent projects with filmmakers, fashion designers, and other choreographers. She has been invited as a guest lecturer and senior mentor at Stanford University and West Valley College and has set original works on the students at both institutions.