Alison Roper has danced through two pregnancies and a bone infection. She’s had roles from the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Girl from Ipanema. After 18 years and over a hundred different productions with Oregon Ballet Theater (OBT), Roper has decided it’s time to retire.
“Celebrate” will be Roper’s last performance with OBT. The show includes a piece choreographed by Helen Pickett, Matjash Mrozewski, and a piece crafted specifically to showcase Roper’s talent. After her final bows, Roper will still be involved with OBT — but will switch her focus to fundraising for the company.
In honor of Roper’s retirement, OPB asked her to step off the stage and dance around Portland: