Leland and Allison Prival are from Los Angeles, California where they nurtured and trained hundreds of aspiring dancers in the art of classical ballet, developing youngsters into artists. Some went on to have illustrious careers in New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey, Boston Ballet, and The Ballet of Israel.
Allison Prival began her classical ballet training on scholarship at Harkness Ballet in New York City at age 12 after training as a competitive figure skater for 6 years. Upon moving to Los Angeles she was offered a scholarship at The Lichine Ballet School where she trained with, Tatiana Riabouchinska (one of the Three Baby Ballerina’s brought to America by David Lichine) and Irina Kosmovska, both from Russia. By 14 she was invited to dance with their company, The Ballet Society of Los Angeles directed by David Lichine.
At 17 Allison migrated to New York City where she was given a position as a Trainee with American Ballet Theater Company. It was in New York that her interests broadened from ballet to musical theatre. She began vocal training and eventually auditioned for musicals where she had the opportunity to perform dance leads and singing leads in classic musicals; Carousel, Brigadoon, Oklahoma, Oliver, Sound of Music, Barnum, Evita, Kismet, Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Shenandoah, Mr. Rodgers, The Jeanette McDonald Nelson Eddy Rep. Co., The San Francisco New Shakespeare Co., and the tour of America, Yes! Allison also studied acting at, Uta Hagen Acting School in New York City, The American Conservatory Theater School in San Francisco, and Lee Strasburg Theater Institute in Los Angeles.
At the close of a satisfying performing career Allison began teaching in New York and soon thereafter moved back home to Los Angeles where she met Leland Prival and joined the staff at The Bert Prival School of Ballet, married Mr. Prival, and became the Assistant Artistic Director where the couple spent many happy years teaching together.