Rose Alicia Allen is an Oakland-based program manager at an SF-based college-access organization and yoga instructor. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Spanish Linguistics from Sonoma State University, loves avocados, and her rescue dog Katsu, and if she’s not at work or in a studio, can often be found wiggling around at a music festival/show, or planning her next international adventure.
Rose has been studying movement since she started taking ballet at the age of seven. She fell in love with dance and delved deeper into the ballet world in her high school years under the meticulous guidance of Nevada Union Theatrical Dance program’s former director, Yelena Holt. After losing her connection to a dance community for the first few years of college, Rose transferred to Sonoma State University where she was catapulted into the world of modern dance led by professors including Christine Cali, Kristen Daley, and Scott Wells.
Throughout her time at SSU, Rose was honored to be able to perform in student works as well as crafting her own piece for the SSU Fall Dance show in 2014. More recently, Rose has enjoyed teaching ballet and contemporary dance at Tessa Lee Dance Academy, dancing in the MFA Dance Thesis Concert: (un)wavering at Mills College, and is currently diving into a re-working of one of Christine Cali’s previous works.
After graduating from Sonoma State and finding herself once again less connected to the dance world, Rose was delighted to discover the complementary practice of yoga. Rose’s choreographic dance background strongly influences her yoga sequencing and creativity, and her yoga practice strengthens and balances her body and awareness in her dancing. She hopes to share her passion for dance and yoga with movers of all ages and levels and to foster in her students both power and grace in their movement and in the rest of their lives.
Rose is a Yoga Alliance® E-RYT 200. She completed her 200-hour power yoga teacher training at the former Vibe Yoga in Redwood City, CA under the instruction of Jonathan Rickert. She has completed training in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Trauma Sensitive Yoga West and the Center for Trauma and Embodiment, providing her with the skills to integrate a trauma-informed lens into her offerings. Rose also completed the Yoga for Teens Teacher Training with RISE Yoga for Youth founder Erin Lila Singh and the cYoga 3-day training with Carmen Aguilar and Moises Chi. Rose was The Green Yogi Berkeley’s Yogi of the Month in January 2016.