Alana Niehoff

Associate Director of Preparatory Dance ProgramSchool of Drama
Alana Niehoff

Alana Niehoff, a native of Aurora, Colorado, is associate director of the Preparatory Dance Program. She is also on faculty of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

As a child, she trained and tested in the Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet techniques. In 1998, at the age of 15, she was one of four Americans chosen to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. Upon arrival home, she was invited by Wes Chapman to join the Alabama Ballet, where she performed soloist and principal roles. Following her time in Alabama, she was selected by John Meehan to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in New York City. While there, she also performed with the main company during their Metropolitan Opera season.

Niehoff continued to become one of the world famous Radio City Rockettes and performed with the company for 11 years. As a Rockette, she appeared on various national television shows and was featured in Dance Spirit magazine. Additionally, Niehoff has performed with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in Colorado and alongside stars such as Liza Minnelli, Richard Simmons, Tim Gunn, Jane Lynch and the cast of Ugly Betty. She received acting training at T. Schreiber and at William Esper Studios, and appeared in the world premier of Maury Yeston's Hans Christian Andersen with Maine State Music Theatre. She has taught and choreographed across the United States for nearly two decades.

Education
  • Royal Academy of Dance
Credentials
  • Competed at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland at the age of 15
  • An ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum
Career Highlights
  • Member of the Alabama Ballet
  • Member of the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
  • Radio City Rockette for 11 years