, a fourth generation Californian, has the unique distinction of having been associated with America's three major companies.
training from age fifteen at the School of American Ballet
in New York City where she
studied with George Balanchine
illustrious post-Diaghilev faculty.
After graduation from high school she performed with San Francisco's Pacific Ballet, and then joined the national touring company of Camelot.
In 1965, after a year on the road with Camelot, Alaine joined American Ballet Theatre, where she performed corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles.
was coached, during this period by such diverse and exciting choreographers as: Tudor, DeMille, Robbins, Feld, Culberg, Lander, and Tetley, and also danced the classics.
In 1969 Alaine joined the Joffrey Ballet as principal dancer performing leading roles in many ballets including The Green Table, The Dream, Feast of Ashes, The Moor's Pavane, The Still Point, The Three Cornered Hat, Cakewalk and Le Bleu Danube.
After nearly a decade with the Joffrey Ballet
, a serious back injury ended Alaine's performing career, and she
began teaching and coaching in such wide-ranging locations as Europe, Japan, Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean.
In 1986 Alaine moved to Hawaii where she was on faculty at the University of Hawaii for seven years.
In 1993, Alaine
was invited by Kevin McKenzie to return to New York as Ballet Mistress for American Ballet Theatre
, where she
instructed, coached, and rehearsed the world's leading dancers for four years.
Alaine now makes her home in California where she was on faculty at California State, Long Beach for six years.
She continues her association with ABT and annually travels the U.S. auditioning dancers for ABT programs.
has been the Artistic Director various Summer Intensive programs.
In spring 2002 Alaine
had the honor of adjudicating the Pacific Region for Regional Dance America (RDA) and in 2003 was adjudicator for the Southwest Region.
now continues to travel world-wide, offering master classes and workshops and scouting for future ballet professionals.