A California native, Allyson began her training in San Diego. She trained at San Elijo Dance Academy under the direction of Ben and Lauri-Michelle Houk. Through her teenage years she participated in numerous competitions and was awarded Los Angeles Music Center Award for Excellence, Starlight Top Score, Spotlight Outstanding Costume (of which she made) and High Score for Solo, and Spotlight Gold awards for solo and member. While with San Elijo Youth Ballet, Ms. Barkdull performed in Napoli, Symphony in C; leading roles include Medora in Le Corsaire; and Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Arabian, Chinese and Spanish solos in The Nutcracker. Other performances include Ben Houk’s Shout, Lincoln Park contemporary piece; and Cello, a pas de deux choreographed for her by Ben Houk. She continued her studies in many forms of dance at Palomar College and performed the pas de trios in Paquita. Other local credits are with the Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and performed and choreographed a solo to Firebird accompanied by the San Diego Symphony for the Hot Shots Concert. She has participated in summer programs including Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kaatsbaan (directed by Kevin McKenzie and Martine van Hamel formerly of American Ballet Theater), and Alonzo King’s Lines Professional Intensive. This took her to Pittsburgh Ballet where she danced in the Graduate Program, performing and choreographing. Ms. Barkdull joined Anaheim Ballet in 2009, highlights include Arabian Pas de Deux and Spanish Pas de Deux in their Nutcracker; and the Anaheim International Dance Festival. In 2012, she joined American Contemporary Ballet in coordination with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has performed Lincoln Jones Apothéose de Corelli (Francois Couperin) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (Maurice Ravel). Currently Ms. Barkdull shares her love of dance by teaching others at 4S Dance Academy.