Prima Ballerina Alison Roper retires Portland Monthly Magazine
Veteran Dancer Alison Roper of Oregon Ballet Theatre Takes Her Final Bow - Portland Monthly Magazine.
“She’s too tall,” a gymnastics coach told a 9-year-old Alison Roper and her mom in 1984. “Try ballet.” That tossed-off comment proved a boon for Portland audiences, who have watched the striking, 5-foot-8 ballerina leap, twirl, and slink her way through Oregon Ballet Theatre productions for nearly two decades. As the company’s longest-serving member, the versatile dancer has tackled everything from The Nutcracker’s iconic Sugar Plum Fairy to meaty leads in postmodern
Balanchine classics and avant-garde works. After 18 seasons under three wildly different artistic directors, the steadfast mother of two takes her final bow this month.