Alice Bassler Sullivan, Director/Instructor
Born and raised in Alaska, Alice Bassler Sullivan began her dance training in Anchorage, studying with Lynda Lorimer and Steve Primis. In 1975 Ms. Sullivan earned a BFA from the prestigious University of Utah Ballet Department, graduating magna cum laude, while performing with Ballet West. She danced professionally in Seattle as apprentice with the First Chamber Dance Company, and with Minnesota Ballet. She has also served as ballet accompanist for the University of Utah Ballet Department, and at the Department of Continuing Education and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.
Alice returned to Alaska in 1982 and, for 27 years led Alaska Dance Theatre to unprecedented achievements as its Founding Artistic Director. Under her stewardship, ADT received the Mayors Youth Arts Award in 2004 and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Arts Organization in 2005. In these years, she choreographed numerous works and collaborated with all the major arts organizations statewide. In recognition of her outstanding leadership within the community, Ms. Sullivan was named a finalist in the BP Women of Achievement Award and the Athena Awards. Alice has devoted nearly forty years to her career as performer, teacher, choreographer and arts administrator. She has groomed dancers and mentored faculty who have joined prestigious programs and dance companies nationwide. In 2007, the in-house theatre at ADT was named the Alice Bassler Sullivan Theatre to honor her legacy.
In 2010, Ms. Sullivan was awarded the Lorene Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mayor’s Arts Award. Sullivan was also recently honored with a Rasmuson Individual Artist award in the May of 2013. She teaches and choreographs for programs in Anchorage and around the state as director of Alice Bassler Sullivan DanceArts Alaska, including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Sullivan is also an adjunct professor for the UAA Department of Theatre and Dance, and teaches for the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy, Studio Pulse, and The Alaska Club. In the fall of 2011 she launched Eagle River Ballet north of Anchorage to serve the Eagle River community. She is grateful to her family for their unfailing support, and to all the dancers, colleagues, students, musicians, choreographers, and designers who have shaped her career as artist and educator.