Ali is originally from Cleveland, OH. She trained at the former School of Cleveland Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Miami City Ballet School, with summer study at the National Ballet School of Canada, the Chautauqua Institution, Jacob’s Pillow, and BalletX. She has danced professionally with Texas Ballet Theater, Eugene Ballet Company, and Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She danced at the Hollywood Bowl Opening Night Gala with the LA Philharmonic and is featured in Steve Childs’ 2009 documentary, And We Will Dance. In 2014, Ali relocated to New York City to both continue her performance career and attend Columbia University.
In New York City, she has danced with Eglevsky Ballet, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Movement Headquarters Ballet Company, Claudia Schreier Dance, Lydia Johnson Dance, and has performed as a guest principal artist across the country. Her repertoire includes the title role in Cinderella, the title role in The Snow Maiden, the principal role in Rite of Spring, Clara and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker, a principal role in Suite Dreams, and soloist roles in works by George Balanchine, Ben Stevenson, Gerald Arpino, Agnes DeMille, Claudia Schreier, Amy Hall Garner, Emery LeCrone, and numerous other choreographers.
Ali graduated from Columbia University in 2020 as the salutatorian of her class, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and as the recipient of the Jennifer A. Pack Prize for excellence in the study of psychology and neuroscience. She continues to work in the field of psychology and as a psychology researcher, in addition to dancing.