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EEE Company Profile:

Eclectic Edge Ensemble

Allison Doughty-Marquesen

College Attended/Degree: BFA in Dance from University of  MN, MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University

Number of years with EEE:  9 1/2 - WOW, time flies ;)

Besides your time in class and rehearsal with EEE, what are your other jobs? I am an adjunct dance faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato; I teach/choreograph a few nights a week here in the Twin Cities; am a holistic nutrition and health coach; and the best job of all - I'm a mom to an 18 month old future super star named Nolan. 

What do you love about being an EEE dancer? There are many things... two of the greatest factors that come to mind; 1. Karis' choreography often challenges me to move and think differently than what is innate in my body. This pushes me to become a better dancer and a more well rounded artist. 2. EEE is a family of beautiful dancers and people. Some of us have been together a long time, and the kinship is very strong. We support each other inside the studio and out, and we laugh a LOT. 

As a dancer, what's something you're learning right now/ something that's inspiring you? As we prepare to remount Snow Bound! for it's 5 year anniversary in March, I am back rehearsing the "Spring's First Flower" solo. This was a challenging and very rewarding piece to work on then, and it's interesting to come back to it after so much has happened in my own professional and personal life. In many ways it's very much "in me," however there is a great newness to it that makes it exciting. I look forward to seeing how it will turn out by performance time. 

  • Random/fun fact about yourself: I don't watch much TV, but I LOVE the show "The Office." I've seen every episode about 1,000 times and it never gets old. If I ever had to work in a typical office setting, I certainly hope that Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute would be working there too. :)