After intensive study of Ballet, Graham, Horton and Jazz techniques as a scholarship student at The Alvin Ailey American School in NYC, Ms. Dingle began her professional dance career at age 16. She performed with the Ailey workshop company before accepting an invitation to the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at age 19. Ms. Dingle performed all Ailey ballets including the famous Revelations. In addition she performed works by Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Todd Bolander, George Faison (to name a few) throughout Eastern and Western Europe, South America, Asia, Israel, Northern Africa and most of the United States. She assisted Mr. Ailey with his choreography in his latter pieces and performed a major solo in the dance world, Alvin Ailey’s “Cry”. She has appeared on television in the PBS series: “Dance in America”, and in Japanese commercials for TDK.
Ms. Dingle has studied with top artists such as: Madame Darvash, Finus Jung, Bertrum Ross, Pearl Lang, Joyce Trisler, Pearl Primus, Katherine Dunham, Tom Stevens, Robert Christopher, Walter Raines and Denise Jefferson. Upon retiring from performing, Ms. Dingle has taught at the City University of New York, the Ailey School, Mt. Holyoke, and the University of Georgia. She has also taught at the very first Ailey Camp in Kansas City, which has now turned into a Nationally Acclaimed Program. Ms. Dingle has set Ailey works at Manhattan College as well as taught master classes in children’s programs throughout New York.
In 2008 Ms. Dingle, other Ailey alum and distinguished artists in the dance world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at a spectacular three day gala event at the company’s theater, City Center in New York City. Taking time off from dance to raise a family, she lives in Highland Park with her husband, her daughter Jewel, and her 17 year old son who was home schooled and graduated from Rutgers University in May (Class of 2011).