Allison Notter

Allison and I met each other during our freshman year at Reed College. I was absolutely smitten by her piercing blue eyes of ice, rimmed with white clouds and deep black centers. Like a glacier. Snow and ice. If you took Mendenhall glacier, smashed it together, pressed it into two stones about 1/2" in diameter, those still wouldn’t do Allison’s justice. They were that blue, clear, and deep.
I tried to woo her. We never "dated". Just the college experience of discovering how to navigate young adulthood.
My fondest memory was taking her out for coffee, or Chai in her case, down on Hawthorne, at some hippie café shop. We sat outside, under a tree, lit with strings of white Christmas lights. We talked. For hours. It was the first time that I talked to someone like that. We shared our dreams. Talked about our lives. What our hopes were. Our futures ahead of us.
She told me about India. The year she spent in the middle of nowhere, in some village, teaching English. I thought she was the bravest, most courageous woman.
She listened to me. She had this understanding, nonjudgmental attitude. She heard me. I felt ok to be open with her. I had never talked to someone like that. But she had this comforting demeanor, like it’s ok, I’m hear for you.
When we walked back to campus, and we said goodnight outside her dorm, I didn’t feel the need to put a move on. Or sneak a kiss. It felt like a mutual respect. Like it didn’t need to happen.
She was my first experience at love. She was so beautiful And smart. And cool. And brave. And sexy. And warm.
I looked her up on Bing a couple of days ago. I was reminiscing about Reed. And was wondering how she was. I was sure she was doing something good for the world. That’s who she is.
And I found this Tribute.
I wish I could have told her how much I admired her strength and courage. I read all the posts. And it looks exactly how I imagined her life would turn out. Following her passions. Helping and educating. Touching so many lives.
She was special.

David

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Love

The Sun and The color Yellow will always remind me of you Allison. Miss you so much every day! Was having a rough morning with thoughts jumbling all over the place. Then I remember you, instantly LOVE comes to my heart, and all the turmoil within disappears. I Love you.

Anais

Allison

Alice,The layers on layers of our laughter about how you got your nickname. I miss you now as always, and find it hard to believe
it’s been 2 years. I just got a text from Joni saying, “Her laugh was sunshine. I can hear it still.” I do too. I do.
Missing you, loving you Alice, my lovely friend.
Jeanie

For Allison

Allisoncita,

I just went dancing at Andrea’s Cha Cha Club in Portland. It was such a fold in the space time continuum to be there with all the old regulars that I felt like it was 1999. I kept expecting to see you walk through the door with a huge smile on your face. It was hard to be there without you since the last time I was in Portland (2005) you were there with me. I had a fun time, but I’ll admit there was a little quiet weeping in the back of the club, thinking about you and missing you. I know you are still dancing where ever you are.

I can’t listen to Celia Cruz’ "Por si acaso no regreso" without thinking of you.

http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=28441826&ac=now

Un abrazo fuerte,
Allisondote

Allison on my mind

Allison is on my mind everyday. I always felt completely at ease around her, and she truly brought out the best in me. I became louder, more giggly, and animated in her presence – she made me feel calm and more alive. She exuded a gentleness that I have yet to find in anyone else. She was an unbelievably unique and beautiful person who impacted me a great deal.

We met in 2002 at the american dance festival, came back to new york, and were friends since. I am so grateful that we met and got to know each other. i wish we could have had more time together; that we all could have had more time with her.

She’s with me when I take class, when I go out dancing, and when I hear certain songs. I posted this tonight because this is so hard. She’s in my mind and in my heart.

Jen

Allison

I love you with all my heart Allison…….I miss you so so so much. So many years of closeness, you are irreplaceable and so is our beautiful friendship. Happy Birthday to the most beautiful person and friend one could know. You will always have all my heart. Your admirer, your sister, your friend Naureen.

Memories

Recently on TV I caught a program reflecting on the movie “Stand by me” and the fact that it is now 25 years old. That fact in itself was a point of showing how quick life can come and go. But most importantly, the point was how sometimes even one summer in your childhood, can reflect on your life forever.

Allison and I have that kind of story, it wasn’t a summer but rather a year or two, of being 11 and twelve and wanting nothing more but to be older then what we were. We used to read Sydney Omarrs astrology books in 5th grade class and speak of going to college in California, perhaps becoming movie stars. We snuck to wear that terrible pink frosted lipstick, and I would argue with my mother over wanting the right to wear dangling earrings. (God bless you Mom, miss you every day!)

That year we created our own little yearbook of sorts, filled with some pictures and autographs from our class, our thoughts of the time, song lyrics, quotes.Ironically a couple of years back, just about when I discovered Ali on facebook, I found this book tucked away in an old closest. I contacted her and asked if she remembered it, and indeed she did .She asked me- do you remember wanting to go to UCLA? Can I see this book? After so many years like nothing she invited me to a New Years party, but I was to be out of town. We had several missed connections and left it that one day we would get together. Life being as busy as it can be for all of us, that day never came.

I have a keychain with an Emily Dickinson quote –“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet”. It is a great quote to reflect on because it is the truth. Allison’s part of my life will always be special to me because we were on the verge of turning into teens, and looking back the thoughts and dreams we expressed overall turned out to not be that silly. I think we read those astrology books and what our signs meant because it was an early step in an interest to define our character. One of the last times I saw Allison in person it was in my senior year through Kristen and she walked into the room with a shaved head. Everyone in the room was taken with her beauty and bravery to do such a thing at an age like that. Obviously by her teens Ali had defined that she already was and would continue to be- an extraordinary person.

.I would like to say lastly, with the dramatics of two eleven year old girls we picked out and I handwrote every word to the song “The Way we were”and tucked it into the last page of the book we made. This song has it right; it is the laughter you remember. I hope all that were so close to Allison take comfort over time in all of the happy memories. What a great loss and my heart go out to you all. I will surely never forget her.
-Tandi Lonergan

Allisoncita

We’d lost touch in recent years, so I just heard the news tonight looking through the Reed Alumni magazine.

I’m so honored to have shared #20 on her 25 things with her. I danced with her at Andrea’s Cha Cha club in Portland for years. Those were some of the happiest times of my life, made all the richer by Allison’s presence. Not only was she an amazing dancer, but as all of you know, the deep and profound joy she found in doing the things she loved was contagious. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

Allisoncita (little Allison),

I hope there are salsa clubs wherever you are now.

I miss you,
Allisondote (big Allison)

Allison & Allison at Audra’s wedding 2005

Allison Notter

I don’t feel like I have any place talking about Allison as it’s been over a decade since I had spoken to her, but hearing this sad news has really affected me more that I expected.

I dated allison briefly in college 14 years ago and I can still distinctly remember her unrelenting love of life that shone through her every day that I knew her. Her spirit and character still leaves and impression despite the years that I had spoken with her.

I offer my deepest condolences to her friends and family.

-Terence Tso

Allison

Allison-you are with me every single day…..not sure how to ever get “over” this…one day at a time….just read these 25 things from your facebook-miss you more than ever….each minute more than the last…..I love you so so much-i hope you can hear me. Your admirer and friend, Naureen or “Noords” or “Naura” as u used to call me sometimes…..I’m so sad without you.

25 Things about Allison – taken from her Facebook page

1. I am a 4th generation New Yorker.

2. My maternal great grandmother owned a candy store (solo) around south street seaport. Maybe this is where I get my sweet tooth from. The store also provied a communal telephone to nearby residents.

3. I lived, worked and traveled in and around India, Pakistan, and Nepal in 1995, experienced many wonderful things but also got very sick.

4. I saved up money to go to India by working in Friendly’s restaurant. It was one of the most fun jobs I have ever had. Who doesn’t like ice cream? I use to have food fights with the line cooks. http://www.friendlys.com/

5. While I was on summer vacation from college I worked, for ONE DAY as a landscaper and planted 100 life size trees. I thought I needed to go to the hospital the next day.

6. My sister is my best friend. We were walking down the street arm in arm in park slope the other day and a 12 year old boy screamed “lesbians”.

7. I have always wanted to be a percussionist. . .i’m working on it in my spare time.

8. When I was 17 I shaved all of my hair off.

9. I never had a cat or dog as a child and always wanted one.

10. I have recently developed alergies to cats, and maybe dogs too?

11. I was a vegetarian from the time I was 16-21, vegan for one of those years.

12. I have a fascination with Cuban music and dance, which was all sparked by a trip I took to the isla in 2000.

13. I love to eat & cook.

14. My favorite horoscopes are by Rob Brensky “Free Will Astrology” – maybe it is because he is a Cancer too!

15. I performed a dance to Madonna’s “Vogue” for a MS talent show. I think the dance for B.B.D.’s “Poison” was the following year. My friend Narueen still enjoys singing that song to me.

16. People ask me if my last name is really Bailerina. . .you know who you are. . .

17. I am still attached to my Long Island cell phone # even though I haven’t lived there in many years. . .you never know who may want to call you out of the woodwork.

18. I wish I got to meet my maternal grandfather.

19. I worked on and off in the restaurant industry for 14 years, as a server, prep-cook, dish washer, bartender, & hostess. I am in retirement now.

20. I learned to dance Salsa in Portland, OR while in college, in this tiny basement club under a Karaoke bar. I had some of the best dance partners in my life there. Manily recent Cuban immigrants, and yes Irene the old crusties of course (always the best teachers/dancers).

21. I was obsessed with being a blonde when I was in pre-k.

22. The only time I ever missed a flight was to Hawaii in 1999 because I overslept, and SOME PEOPLE can never let me forget it.

23. I am a night owl.

24. I cannot eat breakfast as soon as I wake up it takes me a few hours to have the ganas, unless I am hung over.

25. I speak conversational spanish, even though i am shy about speaking sometimes. I know some urdu/hindi/nepalese and understand some french and portuguese. Who wants to help me solidify these languages?

Bailarina para siempre

I still haven’t come to terms with the loss of my dear friend. Reading the posts on her memorial page just go to show how special of a human being she really was.
I quickly became friends with Allison upon entering NYU. Like many other people have mentioned already, her bright eyes and perfect smile and nicely manicured nails will attract many. I was always so impressed with her beautiful skin, not a single blemish and so perfectly perfect. We had several classes together and if I didn’t see her my week was not complete. She was always so attentive and gave me the incredible sense that she was genuinely listening and interested in what I had to say. We would exchange war stories on school, life, boys, dancing out on the town and simply enjoying each others company. Allison, you will be extremely missed but you shall always remain in my thoughts. Just days before I found out about your passing I was talking about you and much you are/were a part of my New York experience. You shall continue to walk and dance with me throughout the city. I love you girlie. F

Remembering Allison Notter

I was fortunate enough to go to high school with Allison. Having transferred from public school to private school, I was lucky to be welcomed into the class by Allison and everyone else. Allison was unlike anyone I had ever known. Even at such a tender age she was both concerned and informed regarding events around the globe. Some people shine – Allison did, and her bright and warm nature lives on in our fond memories of our collective time together at the Academy, which were undoubtedly some of the very best days of my life. We miss you Alli, and we will always remember how you made the world a better place just by being here.

Matthew Alan Freer, Esq. Lawrence Woodmere Academy, 95

11 January, 2011 00:23

The Allison I knew was the best kind of romantic. She was in love with the world but wouldn’t hesitate for a second to call you out for being corny. Or maybe more often, for having a petty idea. I don’t know the woman she became but I’ll always remember the thoughtful, wise person I knew. Other qualities come to mind: provocative, inspiring, and most of all incredibly full of life. She always surprised me back then. She was a woman amongst girls and boys.

I am shocked by the news, and deeply sad. But also I am full of admiration for what Allison became. Of course she was a dancer! Even then, back in Woodmere, she was dancing with everyone she met, verbally, ideologically, with seriousness and playfully.

We were all lucky to have known you. You were deeply good to the world.

Love,

Jeff

She stole my heart the first time I saw her. Allison is like that.

She stole my heart the first time I saw her. Allison is like that. I was 13 and knew nothing of love, but when I met Allison Notterin Lawrence Woodmere Academy, I had an idea of the kind of person I would want to spend the rest of my life with. Her locker
was right next to mine, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world. Of course her stunning physical beauty was what pierced me, heck everyone,
but as we grew older and moved to high-school, she turned her attention and care to important issues. Allison cared. This made her even more beautiful.
She was active in helping the environment, a member of Greenpeace, community service, and I believe Amnesty International. She stood for important issues and for people
even at a young age. A hero, in the midst of all the “keeping up with the jones'” and the hot new “Z Cavarraci jeans”, she knew there was a big world
outside of our school. Allison was adventure and life. I will remember her handwriting always. In my birthday cards she would always write, “May all your wishes come true.”

love
Greg Siff
LWA Class of ’95

Naureen,

I am so saddened about this. I hope you are well. If you want to talk I am at 310 927 3146.

this tribute is amazing. you are a GREAT friend.

love
Greg

Remembering Allison Notter

When I heard the news, I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me.

I will always remember Allison as being quick with a smile, and the epitome of kindness.

My heart goes out to Allison’s family and her friends, of which there are many. Rest in Peace, Allison.

Keith Cacciola

Woodmere Academy ‘95

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I tried to post on the site twice before seeing this email. I hope they can be deleted….

Goodbye Sweet Lady

When I think back to High School, I remember Allison as a kind, sweet, and sincere girl that could certainly rock some red lipstick. Some 15 years later, nothing had changed. The last time I saw Allison she was dancing the night away at a little club in Tribeca….

She was beautiful.

Rest in peace Allison.

Dale Elliott Vernal
Woodmere Academy ’94

Remembering my friend Allison Notter

It has really broken my heart to hear the news of Allison’s passing. I’ve known Allison since I was 12 yrs old when we both started Woodmere Academy in 1989. She always lit up a room with her smile and was always such a beautiful person inside and outside. We were always very close friends through Junior High School and High School. She was a smart girl with a lot of life in her. I never knew what became of her all these years after High School. It’s sad to learn that I find out she has been a dance instructor and performer after the news that she passed away. I always wondered what she was up to the last 16 years, and I wish I could’ve found a way to contact her to catch up. She will be missed forever. She made a great impact in my life, and I’m sure in many of my classmates lives. Rest In Piece Allison. You will always be missed.

Jason Hernandez
Class of ’95
Woodmere Academy

Remembering Allison

Though I can’t say I knew Allison well, or talked to her often, it doesn’t take too long to be touched by her charm, her sparkling eyes, or radiant smile. She was always laughing and helping me to do the same. Secretly I’d dubbed her my favorite classmate and we’d planned to dance in each other’s pieces for the NYU concert. The only consolation that can come from the tragedy of her passing is that surely she lives on through everyone she knew, for we were all instantly and permanently moved by her grace. – Rainy Demerson

Dancing with Allison

Everyone is wishing each other a Happy New Year. I am certain everyone reading this is thinking .."how can we have a Happy New Year without our Alli?" Especially is this true for me! I spent so many of my best New Year’s Eves with you and your awesome dancing posse, including our sisters extraordinaires. Pictures of smiles, dancing, colors flashing, smiles, hair in the air, flash in my eyes when I think of NYE now. Thanks to fantastic parties at your Brooklyn apartment. I always looked forward to NYC visits to see you. The city always feels so alive. When I think of the pulse of NYC, I think of you. Thanks for treating me like family and making me so very happy.

Today I went to my Zumba class. Each week when I have gone I always have thought of you dancing in school and in the many countries blessed to have you as a guest. Dancing in Spain with our Denise are some of my fondest memories. I cried in Zumba today. I don’t know if anyone noticed… Even if they did, it would have been okay. Soccer moms are very understanding people! The tears were dropping down my face as I danced to the latin beats. Then I started laughing because I could hear your voice in my head. You told me how funny it was that I was crying in a 24-hour Fitness class. You told me not to be sad and just to dance and that we would dance together again. You convinced me not to worry, but instead to live, laugh, dance and be my incredible self. Thanks for rubbing off on me!

Alli, I will dance for you tonight and I will try not to cry, but its okay if I do!! Then I could hear your voice laughing at me again. I would relish that.

xo
Amanda

P.S. Later I will be including pictures of you helping me do my hair before my wedding. We have been married six months now. It means so much to me that you were there.

Remembering Dear Allison

“I am standing by the seashore.

A ship at my sides spreads her white sails to the morning breeze

and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.

And I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud

just where sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, “There she goes!”

Gone where? Gone from my sight – that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side.

And just as able to bear her load of living freight to the places of destination.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes”,

There are other eyes watching her coming

and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

(Henry van Dyke)

Allison is not gone, but rather is on her next great adventure.

We cry that she’s left for the unknown, but surely heaven rejoices

upon the arrival of her beautiful soul.

Bless the new angel. May she always dance and laugh.

I will forever remember her with a smile & a twinkle in her eye.

My deepest condolence to all who feel anguish and grief over losing dear Allison. Most especially to her family. There are certain wounds that never heal, and treasured memories that never fade. I pray you will experience some comfort and peace. May you have all the loving support a community of family & friends can provide in this heartbreaking sad time.

Joni

29 December, 2010 23:51

Allison – my dearest friend it is too much to think you are gone. Your beauty, wisdom, and grace invigorated my life as well as everyone else you met. I treasure every moment I was lucky enough to spend with you. Your spirit remains forever in my heart, thank you for everything that you are and for everyone you inspired. love you so much girl. Denise

Allisonnotter.com

Hello,

My name is Colin Goldberg and I am Allison’s 2nd cousin. I run a web design business on Long Island and would like to donate lifetime hosting for allison’s wordpress memorial site. I do mostly wordpress sites, and I have a reseller relationship with a host that can provide wordpress hosting. This way the site can be ad-free, and I would be happy to help out with design as well (I own lots of nice commercial themes) and can set up a photo gallery. Let me know if you would be willing to accept my help. I just got back from the memorial service, which I attended with my parents. My father, Arthur, is Allison’s mom’s cousin. We spent many Christmases with Allison and her family.

Feel free to email me or call at 631-965-0538. It is easy to move the existing site from wordpress.com. I would just set up the account, the domain would have to be pointed to my server, and I would install wordpress, giving you admin access. Then you could just import the posts by entering your wordpress.com blog name, username and password.

Best Wishes,
Colin

http://www.Everbeta.com/
http://www.colingoldberg.com/

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allison notter

I am Rabia Ashraf and I got to know Allison through the Rashid Family. I also grew up with her and Jessica. I am devastated with this news and I don’t know what to say. You were a sister to me just like Naureen and I’m very grateful to God that I got to know you. Even though I didn’t see you often, you were still a part of my family. My family was shaken by this news just as well and they miss you too. Your laughter lit up the whole room and it’s sad to think that we won’t get to experience that moment again. We love you and we miss you and we will always keep you in our hearts. You were an amazing person from inside and out. Rest in peace and keep smiling in heaven. Love you

Allison Bailarina

Allison,

I remember when you first walked into my Salsa class in Brooklyn. You have one of those rare open, bright faces that promise full-hearted enthusiasm and participation – a true gift for a teacher. You were taking my beginner salsa class, and despite your obvious experience and talent, participated fully and humbly throughout the workshop…a true artist.

Last year we decided to do an exchange – help with the holiday party for a private Afro-Cuban class. We focused on Oshun: love, sensuality, sweet waters of the river. You connect so deeply with this energy. It’s such a mystery to me…this connection…but it’s real and profound, and I would never attempt to fully understand why we love what we love. Allison, I know you love the Orishas, and as one of my mentors said to me, they know you love them too.

Thank you for the spirit and grace that you brought to my classes. Thank you for your open-hearted sincerity. May your courage continue to inspire and your spirit continue to nourish your family, friends, students, and all who had the opportunity to be and dance in your presence.

Love,

Becky

Allison Notter

Allison was such a lovely, sweet spirit. I first met her when we were both part of an Afro-Cuban performance group. No matter how crazy things got Allison was calm and patient and handled all the ups and downs with equanimity and grace. Allison never got to take my NYU course, but she was one of the dancers in the piece I choreographed for last year’s Faculty Concert. She was always conscientious and cooperative. I chose her for her part because of her gracefulness and the quality of free flow in her movements It was exactly what I wanted in order to convey the idea of a spirit returning to earth. What a terrible irony that she danced the role of my father, who died young, and now she is gone too.
The last time I saw her was at her farewell party, just before she left for Cuba. For all her sweetness and quiet manner I thought she was damn courageous to follow her dream and take off for a year in Cuba. It’s so hard to believe that she will never return. I feel fortunate to have known her and worked with her. Her spirit will live in those who remember her.

Diane Duggan
NYU Dance Education Faculty

Posting for Allison’s Page

Hi,
Hi,
My deep thanks for posting this message for Allison.

Allison,
My sweet "little friend," I know you are smiling and dancing wherever you are — the girlish one with the iron determination, centered, focused, always at the ready with a fitting word. Your light and your love radiate, radiate gracefully, strongly through all of us — I hear your giggles and smile at your sweetness, smile at your sweetness and dance with you.

My deepest sympathy to your family and friends, your wonderful mom, and sister Jessica. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

(picture attached.)

She’s so beautiful

Her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they’re not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
She’s so beautiful
And I’ll tell her every day
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
Girl you’re amazing
The way you are

Dear Allison,
I miss you, I love you, I’ll never forget you. You were a phenomenal role model for me growing up and my sisters and I have so much to be thankful for because we knew you. The light you have given me is shining through this unparalleled void in my heart; you are part of everything I am and I’ll always carry you with me into the new year and for the rest of my life. I am going to make sure the newest addition to our family also feels your presence through the years; beyond the smiles, laughs, embrace, hugs, kisses, and love of life you have already given him. He’s so lucky to have met such an important influence and person in our lives. I may never get over this news but what’s for sure is that I (and *countless* others) love you and miss you with all our heart and soul. God bless you Allison and Merry Christmas angel ❤

Always thinking of you and missing you with so much love,
Adnan Rashid

Allison

I knew Allison from the afro-cuban dance circles and a mutual friend. Over the years, we attended a few performances together and studied dance with Felix “Pupy” Insua. The news of her passing was shocking. She and her bright spirit continues to penetrate my thoughts since I found out a few days ago. The little but cherished time I spent with Allison, have left a lasting imprint on my heart. Her solar energy, beautiful smile and laugh and passion for dance was unforgettable. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. This was a great loss to all of us!

Simona DeFeo
+19175733680 (NYC)
+4915156892897 (Berlin)
+393345333547 (Milano)
simonadefeo@legato.ws
skype: simonadefeo

To the lovely Al

Your hands. Over the past few days, when I sit silently and think about you, I focus on your hands. Of course I see your smile, your head tilting backwards with a hearty laugh, the way you floated when you moved, the cadence of your voice, your eyes, and your overall glow – but most of all I focus on those hands. What is it about them that seems to grab me? I remember your hands to be so beautiful. Your fingers – so long, thin, feminine and gentle. Your fingernails were always so well manicured, painted a fresh bright color. And when you talked, your hands danced around, animating the story you were telling. I remember always being so distracted by the way your hands could take over a story. I could hear what you were saying just by watching them. Like the way you would place your hand on your sternum if you were expressing concern or surprise – it was so tender yet so energized.

And then there was your touch. You could lay your hand on my shoulder or my arm and I would immediately feel a sense a calm. Or how comforting it felt when you used to casually boing my curls whenever you felt the moment called for it. Your warmth and your kindness radiated out of your fingertips – literally. You showed so much compassion and spirit without even uttering a word. It was those hands. There was something magical inside you. I swear there was.

I miss you too much already
Rachel

Remembering Allison

25 quick years later and the picture is, of course, no longer the same. This is, at best guess, Christmas Day 1985 – Allison and her sister Jessica welcome their cousin Philip Weinmann to their house for the annual Notter family Christmas feast. Back in those days there were lots of “little” cousins, and a few more yet to come. Those big family gatherings were pure slices of American family Christmas tradition and we all still treasure those memories.

Life and situations all too often fracture families, and such is the case here. That same Christmas table today would of course not be close to the same as it was back then, but that doesn’t mean that those of us no longer inside the family circle didn’t keep up with the activities of all the cousins as they grew to adulthood. All, even the ones not yet born when this picture was snapped are grown now, but are still close. The aunts and uncles can still keep up through our children’s contact with the cousins.

Allison’s great adventures to come always seemed telegraphed by her as a child via her vibrant enthusiasm for people and the constant inquiring sparkle in her eye. She was a beautiful child and from what I’ve read here and heard from my children, she grew to be a stunning woman both outside, and more importantly, inside. I hope that we all can take solace in the vision that she passed on while doing what fed her soul and passions the most. We have lost the ability to physically touch her, but not the ability to let her continue to inwardly touch and motivate us. All of us need to carry a bit of her spirit with us for the rest of our lives and remind ourselves that she helped us color our own life with hers.

I have included below the lyrics to one of my favorite Jackson Browne songs, which seems to me to be intimately fitting and may help to remind us all of the importance of the “dance” of life.

Thank you for the bit of color you added to my life Allison. May you dance freely now and forever.

Neal Weinmann
(uncle, father to Allison’s cousins Philip and Michelle Weinmann)

For a Dancer by Jackson Browne

Keep a fire burning in your eye
Pay attention to the open sky
You never know what will be coming down
I don’t remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must have thought you’d always be around
Always keeping things real by playing the clown
Now you’re nowhere to be found

I don’t know what happens when people die
Can’t seem to grasp it as hard as I try
It’s like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
That I can’t sing
I can’t help listening
And I can’t help feeling stupid standing ’round
Crying as they ease you down
‘Cause I know that you’d rather we were dancing
Dancing our sorrow away
(Right on dancing)
No matter what fate chooses to play
(There’s nothing you can do about it anyway)

Just do the steps that you’ve been shown
By everyone you’ve ever known
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Another’s steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you’ll do alone

Keep a fire for the human race
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
And just as easily it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around
(The world keeps turning around and around)
Go on and make a joyful sound

Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
But you’ll never know

Allison’s Gift

Dearest Allison,

Over the past several days I have been slowing coming to terms with the shocking news of your passing. What I’d like to share here, is how I’ve started to think of you as a gift. When I think of you I hear laughter. I see your bright eyes and wide rosy smile. I feel your warmth and kindness. The presence of your dedication and passion to our favorite mode of expression and way of finding the most out of life is palpable.

Knowing you in life has always been a gift. I still don’t speak of you in the past…perhaps because I feel your spirit so strongly. Allison, you are so sweet, kind, joyful, expressive, thoughtful, generous, dedicated, humble, focused, sensitive, strong, willful, intelligent, talented, and beautiful. It is so hard to accept your passing and so I must focus on the gift that you have offered to I believe all those who have known you but that I certainly feel in the way you have lived your life. And now, your gift extends beyond your life – to its abrupt transition from here to another form. The strength, energy, and beauty of your spirit shines brightly. You followed and were realizing a dream that is not easy to pursue. I admire you. I mourn your passing dreadfully. I will forever miss you. I will always remember you. I will treasure my memory of you, Allison. Thank you for living a life so full of passion and love! You are now not just my friend but my teacher.

To Allison’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. To all those close to Allison, my deepest sympathies.

Allison, I am so thankful we got to know each other and you will forever reside in my heart.

With all my love,
Ann

Allison Notter

Hi there,
I would like to post the following on Allison’s memorial page.

To my lovely little chica bonita, you were such a great friend to me in my NYC years and it was always such a pleasure to see your smiling face and hear your sweet laughter. You were a dancer not just in body but in your beautiful dancing spirit that always made me smile. You touched the heart of someone half way across the world, I’m burning a candle for you in little old New Zealand! I will miss you dearly! All my love to your family and friends! Zanna xxx

Many thanks,
Zanna

remembering Allison

Allison,
You came into NYU with a strong cohort who are open and warm as you are. It made for incredible bonding and that bonding continued this year even as you were away. You reached out to your new friends through dance, and they are continuing to dance with you. We will miss your clear direction, conviction to pursue your dreams, and passion for the true power of non-verbal expression. With appreciation,

Susan R. Koff, Ed.D., Director
Dance Education Program
NYU Steinhardt
35 W. 4th Street, Suite 777
New York, NY 10012
(212) 992-9384
http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/dance

Beautiful amazing Allison

Words cannot express our sadness for the passing of Allison. Ali’s spirit, joy, kindness and inner beauty will live on forever through her family and friends….she has clearly touched so many lives…more than she even knew…

I remember her always laughing smiling and listening to the words you were saying really listening and caring about you.
What an amazing woman. Keep dancing Ali…and watch over us all. You are an angel.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Notter family now and always.

Maryann and Scott Troy and Family

Always remember…Never forget

I will ALWAYS remember…

-how amused we would be by simply dressing up and making poor Jessica take hundreds amongst hundreds of photographs of us in our various outfits and poses.

-dancing at Pats Dance Studio and Dance Electra and looking forward to seeing what costume they would choose for our end of the year recital (of course always including much lycra, sequence and patent leather).

-getting into trouble at camp and you ALWAYS being soooooo innocent because you were the “quiet one”.

-thinking it was such a great idea to slather ourselves in cooking oil to get a beautiful “golden” tan.

-your brilliant selection of movies you chose for us to see at the East Hampton movie theatre…

ha-ha Jess you can vouch for me on this one!

-spending WAY to much $ on bras before we ever even needed them

(at least I didn’t anyway).

-getting yelled at for ordering”WHITE BREAD” at the health food store in Montauk.

-Mrs. Milne crying when she read Charlotte’s Web to us and the disgusting fruit fly infested composite pile that grew daily by the sink.

-teaching you to ride a bike at 13 years old…LOL.

-your classic (yet scary) way of doing a 3-point turn in drivers ed class.

-how you and I are the only two people in the world that could get lost in the middle ofOceanside.

-trips to my grandparents condo in Floridawhere we needed permission just to simply walk on the beach.

-waiting to see what would be the next color you’d choose to polish your nails.

-looking forward to hearing what your next adventure would be.

-you introducing me to all different kinds of music (and of course the mixes you would put on tape for me).

-playing tennis, skiing, bike riding, exploring with you.

-how relaxing it felt just to take a catnap randomly in the warm, hot sun on that grassy green hill in Oregon.

-how we thought we knew NYC inside and out by our trips to Urban Outfitters andWashingtonSquarePark.

-discovering that putting a drizzle of amaretto on ice cream could taste like a piece of heaven (or

we thought so anyway).

-admiring you for choosing to do something and not caring what anyone else thought.

-your love of cooking, dancing, teaching, learning.

-your amazing ability to just listen, listen, listen.

-looking forward to my birthdays just to read what you would write in my birthday card.

I will NEVER forget…

-the beautiful girl who always received the other half of the “best friend” heart charm we bought at the flea market.

-the woman I’ve been friends with for 26 out of the 33 years of our lives.

-you being such an intricate part of my “family”

-the gorgeous face behind the dreaded, bald, slicked back or “beach bummed” main of hair on your head.

-your kind, gentle ways of making everyone feel so relaxed and calm.

-the laughter and smile that could light up a room.

-the way your were able to write and express your most inner thoughts and ideas (and wishing I could channel some of that right now).

-how you were always there for me at all of the special moments of my life…and how they would of NEVER of been complete without you.

-how you would do anything for anyone at anytime.

-how you would glow for me in happiness when I told you I was getting married and having children.

-your piercing blue eyes.

-your smile.

-how graceful, happy, beautiful, smart…..always…LAUGHING, LAUGHING, LAUGHING

-the way we were able to know what each other was thinking without even saying a word.

LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, DANCE, DREAM

…my soul mate…my forever angel…my B.F.F….Allison

With love and hope and memories…your BEST FRIEND FOREVER…Kristen

23 December, 2010 03:11

Bright, positive, kind – a wonderful spirit

Allison and I met over the summer, as she was in the midst of planning her upcoming year. Immediately her joy was infectious – we shared plans, excitement and laughter. Her positivity and kindness just radiated out for all to see. Kind, disarming, passionate, talented, and a great friend. I will always try to keep her joy with me, just as I know she has touched so many others as well.

Anne

22 December, 2010 21:10

My name is Adnan and I am Naureen’s younger brother. I just found out last night and am having a really difficult time processing how my life has changed forever in an instant. Allison has been a part of my life and family since I was a baby and I just can’t fathom growing up without her always there now. I have so much to say but for now…Rest in peace my beloved Allison. This is only the beginning my dear friend- I love you, i miss you, i will never forget you + us and the things you taught me, and neither can the scores of people who you have touched and inspired so deeply. You were a best friend to my sister and a sister to me. You are and continue to be a member of the Rashid family, a regular, one of us. To say that all of us are going to miss your luminous presence is an understatement. This loss has shaken every single one of us and we are going to miss you and think of you all the time. Even our extended family who knew you can’t believe this. Thank you for always supporting me and telling me to be myself. Thank you for always being a breath of fresh air. Thank you for being there for our family in times of good and bad. Thank you for every single thing you have given to us as a family and individually; our times together are our most special and cherished. Our memories will live on day in and day out FOREVER. “How lucky am I to have someone that makes saying goodbye so hard?”-Annie …but this isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later 🙂

You made the world a better place just by being in it. For 22 years, you showed me the meaning of fearless, caring, talented, happy, passionate, funny, loving, humble, and kindness all wrapped into 1 fabulous person (who I aspire to be like every single day). I owe + love you more than you know. Thank you for being such an important person in my life as well as a direct source of happiness and positivity. I will always remember and honor you and your name. The world has not heard the last of Allison Notter and I promise you that. You’ve had a ripple-like impact on too many lives for that to ever happen, especially mine. Your presence has been the greatest present to all of us who have had the pleasure and blessing of knowing you. Keep smiling in heaven beautiful princess (the adventure continues)

Loving and thinking of you forever and always,
Nonners (can’t remember the last time you called me anything besides this…my favorite nickname for me). I love this nickname so much that my new website is going to be at Nonners.com. I actually bought that name many years ago. as well as done many other good things. Because of you. (Adnan Rashid loves you Allison Notter)

I never knew I could hurt like this
And everyday life rolls on like:
Wish I could talk to you for a while
Miss you but I try not to cry
As time goes by
And it’s true that you’ve reached a better place
Still I’d give the world to see your face
And I’m right here next to you
But it’s like you’re gone too soon
Now the hardest thing to do is say bye bye
Just lift your head to the sky
Cuz we will never say bye bye
-Mariah Carey

To my dear, dear friend Allison

Dear Alli, I love you so much. My mind is racing with images of you during freshman year at Reed, remember? I remember your laugh the first day I met you, and how beautiful you’ve always been, the gentleness and understanding in your voice, the deep blue stare of your eyes, how much comfort and love you gave me through hard times… I remember being amazed at how daring you were when you told me you had traveled to India before you were 18, and I remember heading out to salsa clubs in Portland together, and dancing with you… what an inspiring dancer you are! -I’ve been crying on and off since I found out, and it’s been hard to reconcile the news about you with the birth of our baby, Devika. Thank you so much, by the way, for sending her that gorgeous outfit. And for leaving us with the memories of your amazing self. I feel so lucky to have met you, and the time we had together. I’ll tell my daughter about you. Wherever you are, please know that we love you and miss you.

Allison Notter

Hi Ali,
It just breaks my heart to know that the world lost a beautiful person. I will always remember you as very sweet and caring with a soothing personality and will never forget your friendship back when we were kids.

May you fly high on the wings of angels, Ali,
As God welcomes you home today
For your peace throughout all eternity
To him is how we pray

May you hear the sound of their trumpets
As angels escort you through
Those pearly gates of heaven
Where loved ones wait for you

May you climb, run,and leap
All throughout heaven’s grounds
Laugh, love, and sing no weight on your shoulders, no reason to frown

Just remember one thing, Ali
To check in on us once in a while
And allow us to feel your presence when we are happy
But especially when we are down

Our faith says we will see you
Though we don’t know where or when
So fly high on the wings of angels, Ali
Unitl we meet again

– And Old Friend, Carol Prada

For Allison

Dear Allison,

I don’t quite know whether we have ever met – it would be odd if we haven’t considering that our respective journeys in life mirrored each other in many respects – we both trained in dance at NYU, both have studied and performed with Pupy, and both developed a passion for Cuban dance that ultimately took us to Cuba in the quest for deeper study and understanding of the magic that spoke to us through this island’s dance traditions. As a former, fellow professional dancer, and a current medical student, I am profoundly saddened, moved and very disturbed by your story. I can imagine that many of your family members and friends will struggle trying to come to terms with the inexplicable cruelty of the universe in taking you away from them at this time and in this way.

Wherever you are, I want to assure you that before leaving the planet, you touched the lives of many through your art and passion. The world is a better place because you were here, and you will not be forgotten. The work of your life has inspired, and will continue to inspire many, and your tragic passing will humble us in our search for meaning in an utterly mysterious universe. Thank you for your work, your passion, your dedication, your love and your story. Peace be upon your soul wheverever it may rest.

My sincerest condolences to all of Allison’s family members and friends.

Ernest Joseph Barthélémy

22 December, 2010 15:58

I had the pleasure of living with Allison for three years and she was the perfect roommate! Always up for fun, always laughing. Her warmth and her energy were simply infectious.

Allison, we will miss you so much. Thank you for your kindness and your generosity. I’m so glad we got to share a space together for my first years in New York.

Much love, Leah

Beautiful Allison…

Allison—

It took me a few days to finally write this. I have been in shock, in disbelief of how such a beautiful light could be extinguished so quickly, too soon and too early. Just a few nights ago, I was walking down near NYU and passed by Favela Cuban, the place we always went salsa dancing, and it made me miss you. I kept thinking about how I excited I would be when you came home from Cuba and that the best way to welcome you home would be a night out at Favela. I actually had the urge to write you an email, but the stress and busy life of finals week pushed the thought out of my mind. I will forever regret that.

For the first few days after I heard, I refused to talk of you in the past tense, I could not bring myself to do it. But now as the shock is wearing off and I am starting to process, I am allowing myself to remember and reflect on our times together.

You were one of the first friends I made at NYU. I remember meeting you, and becoming instant friends. I don’t know who couldn’t…anyone who had the honor of knowing you can agree—it is impossible NOT to be friends with you.

You had an undeniable energy, joy, light and shared that with all around you. You surrounded us with your energy and lifted us up in it.

You had a simple way of loving others as well. I’ll never forget how after a class presentation, choreography showing or after I taught a class, you would slip me a small piece of paper with honest feedback and words of encouragement and support. You did it even when you didn’t have to. It was something so simple but beautiful.

And I will never, ever forget dancing with you. We danced many times in the studio and on stage together. You were a beautiful, amazing dancer. I always loved watching you dance. You had a special way of living in the movement and letting it be a true reflection of your heart and spirit.

Dancing with you was an honor. There is something beautiful that happens when you dance with others…special connections are made that are too hard to explain in words. I am forever connected to you through the movement and creative process we shared in.

Another fond memory, is your birthday and going-away party out in Long Island. One thing that sticks with me is the love and joy you had for your family. I have always loved meeting my friend’s families as I believe it is a true reflection of them. And it was. Your family meant the world to you and you had a beautiful relationship with them. My heart aches for your family as I know they are dealing with the pain of losing you. But I hope your family knows how much you loved talking fondly about them, sharing stories of them and the undeniable love you had for them.

You inspired me. You will always be with me. You will always be honored through dance, laughter, love and joy.

May the way you lifted us up be the way we continue to lift others up. You may be gone but the impact you left here on earth will resound forever.

I love you,

~Kim

Allison

Allison was a dear “sister” friend to my dear sister friend, Naureen – so I knew her through Naureen. My spirit is so disturbed by her loss; it is difficult for me to find any words. While I didn’t know her very well, I have spent enough time around her over the last 8 years to have been struck by her serene presence. Allison was the person whose aura was so amazingly sweet and – her presence, calming. Every time I had the pleasure of being around her, she would do or say something that would bring a “no worries” perspective to the situation. That was just who she was. Every milestone her girlfriends Naureen and Shanequa faced, she was there – so we have the pleasure of spending time together. I am reminded of how much time we spent together just this year alone…Shanequa’s baby shower this year, Naureen’s baby shower this year…we laughed and joked in the hospital when we met each other visiting Shanequa when Zion was born…saying – “can you believe that both of them are doing this huge thing this year, within months of each other…can you believe it?” I asked her – and she said..”I can’t believe it – this is so big – but they are both so ready and will be the best Mothers”. And the party…Allison never missed the party! We partied into the night for Naureen’s birthday this year in July– where the ever stylish sweet Allison wore a pair of funky converse to go with her adorable little dress. How we marveled at how adorable she looked – and comfortable! And how ridiculous that the rest of us were dying with aching feet by the end of the night in out high heels! But we still all danced like there was no tomorrow. Oh Allison, you are missed already, and will remain in all of the hearts of so many people you touched. My heart and prayers go out to you Jessica, and your mom and dad. I know this has to be so hard to bear; all I can say is that God had another plan for this angel.

I am posting a couple of pictures from Naureen’s shower that Allison and I are in together or she and Naureen..and the group picture of all us that came together to put the special day together.

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Quotes which Ali lived by ~ Kristen

If one advances confidently in the direction of her dreams, and endeavors to live the life which she has imagined, she will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. -Henry David Thoreau (modified)

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” -Agnes de Mille

Allison

I miss you gigi

I’ve been sitting in front of my keyboard for so long trying to think of something to say. I write something, I delete it, I write something else, I delete that. I keep trying to find something meaningful to say but the only thing I keep finding are tears. I can’t believe you are not here anymore and can’t believe that I won’t be able to pick the phone and yell “GIGI!” when I answer. I will always remember the fun times and every night before I go to bed I will see this polaroid of you and smile. I love you so much. Amirah

Allison Notter-Memorial Page Website Information-Please post a message, it would help the family.

Dear Allison, I cannot take your beautiful face of my mind. I will always remember your smile, your soft voice and those sudden laughter’s that made you so unique…..so captivating. We would always meet at Naureen’s events and you had a way about you to just light up a room with your red lips, smiling at everyone, asking everyone about their lives, asking me about my life, about my children and always being kind and full of compliments to everyone. I wish we talked some more, danced some more, laughed some more and I am definitely a better person for knowing you. Peace. Bita

I am waiting to sail to a place far away from the realities of everyday life, even if it is just for a moment
I am waiting to go beyond the blue horizon to
a place where happiness is the mantra
I am waiting to go tread far away in a land
where the mermaids call home
I am waiting to go explore places far beyond
the bluest of ocean
THE WAIT IS OVER…
I AM ON MY WAY!

My Dove…

I can’t stop crying. The minute I gain composure, I think about you. I think about us. Our many beautiful talks that start out with a simple story and end with a grandiose enlightened realization about the world, about our lives. I love talking to you more than anything. Sipping on wine, uncovering all our secrets and feeling refreshed after saying the words we were scared to say.

Allison, I miss you. I want you back. I don’t know what to do. The pain is excruciating. This was not suppose to happen. I do not understand. I’m trying to remember. Remember every moment, every detail, every sound, to force you back. Back here with the people who admire, adore and crave your presence. You are one of the most beautiful friends I have ever had. I could tell you anything and loved how you loved me for that.

You’re the girl I saw at Cupping Room six years ago; luscious red lips, swaying your hip as if you were dancing and me desperately wanting to be your friend. I made you my friend…and you let me, remember…Remember, me sleeping in your bed when I was in between apartments and how we couldn’t fall asleep for hours cuz we started giggling, then talking about our secret crushes as if we were ten years old? Remember, our walks, the beaches, Forte Green park, sharing each other’s clothes, and all of our crazy restaurant experiences? I will always remember. Remember you being the happiest I have ever seen you before you left. You finally knew the direction you wanted to take your life. You told me that you were fulfilling one of your longest dreams, dancing in Cuba. Living among another’s culture where you always felt you belonged. I am so proud of you for never holding back.

For my birthday this year, we sat at dinner together and you handed me a card with a dove photo inside. Telling me the dove was one of your favorite birds. That this dove represented hope in overcoming our fears and being our guide. You called me a little dove as a joke. Now looking back, I see how it is you that is my dove. In some surreal way, you were telling me that you are at peace.

I will remember you in all that I do. You are my dove now, flying all around, spreading your wings, dancing to the wind, guiding your loved ones to be better, whispering words of hope in times where we need it most.

Remembering you now and forever. Te quiero mucho mi hermana. –Santana

A beautiful person taken too soon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to get know Allison well but I’m devastated by her passing just the same. It is testament to her warm and generous personality that even though I knew her very briefly she could leave such lasting impression. My deepest and sincerest condolences to your family and close friends and I hope that they can take comfort in the fact that though you are gone, the beauty that you brought into the world remains.

h.r.

Allison

Oh Alice, (How we laughed about your nickname)I am going to keep talking to you same as ever, as you are so vivid in my thoughts and so alive in my heart.
I have soooo many photos of you. Photos of you as many characters you actress. Of you and me, that so show the warmth of our friendship.
Of you and all the wonderful people you gather; your great sister, lovely mom, girlfriends and all. You always teach me so much about grace,
about staying centered, about dancing blissfully while keeping track of the mundane. Your giggle and your sigh say it all.
There is always so much to catch up on. I can’t believe you are no longer here in the same way with me, with all of us. But I do believe you
are in a place of intense light and embodied in love. And it’s an infinity bigger than all the love we have for you, and you know we love you infinitely too.
My deepest sympathy to you Jessica, and your mom and dad. Naureen thank you so much for putting this together. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Jeanie

so sorry

It feels so surreal and unbelievable that such a beautiful person isn’t here with us anymore. It is almost impossible to even muster up the words to express what a significant loss this is for everyone who loves her, and everyone who would have loved her in the future – which pretty much would mean anyone who would come across her path. She had so much life in her, so much, so much. It’s hard to imagine how this could have happened. I keep thinking to myself – Is this really happening? It’s taking time to sink in. She was inspiring; she is inspiring, and I count myself lucky to have known her. Looking through the photos on this page reminds me how important friends are, and family, and how important Allison was to so many people. I’m so sorry that she’s gone, but she’ll live on through our memories and stories, and all of the adventures we dedicate to her memory. My thoughts and love to Jessica and the rest of the family.

sweet Allison

Allison girl……..

my world has been turned upside down today. I am in shock right now and it breaks my heart to think I won’t see you again. I am at a loss for words – I was planning to come to Cuba and so we could meet up and dance ourselves silly into the night together and I was feeling worried about you because I hadn’t heard from you since you got there.Your beautiful smile, contagious laughter, incredible eyes, kindness, adventurous spirit, loving, humanness will always be a part of my heart. This world has been blessed by your presence. The voids in me that were filled with joy from the friendship and times we shared will never leave me. I love you and miss you.

Your friend always…….
Brenda

Please friends post info for any vigils/ceremonies. I am in Philly/NYC for the next ten days and then back to Portland, OR on the 30th. Thank you!

In Memory of Allison Notter

Hello all,

Unlike most of the other people who have and will post on this page, I did not know Allison all that well. She was a very close friend of a very close friend of mine. I only had the pleasure of meeting her a handful of times.

The reason I’m writing this is because Allison was one of those rare, special people who made even mere acquaintances feel like they were old friends. From the first time I met her almost a decade ago, and every subsequent meeting thereafter (as rare and irregular as they were), her glowing personality and warmth always brought a smile to my face. I could not help but say a few short words in memory of the remarkable person she was.

My most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

Sincerely,

Hyder A. Naqvi

Portland Friends

Please contact me if you are interested in attending a commemorative event to celebrate the the beautiful life of Allison Notter in the Portland area. I could help organize such an event. I know interest has been expressed for such an event in the San Francisco area too.

Besos y abrazos,
Amanda Macindoe
asmacindoe

Living her dream

Hi Naureen,
I’m a good friend of Allison’s, a dance colleague from Dancing Classroom days, and before I moved to Seattle 8months pregnant and all, we shared a lot of great girlfriend moments the previous years. She offered a sincere, warm, unconditional friendship that was unlike many. I definatly wanted her to be at my future wedding-she was that sort of girlfriend. Allison was living her dream and exhuberantly happy of the fact to be able to travel to Cuba and delve into the culture and folklore of the country she loved so much! I always knew she was a spirit rooted in ancient African philosophy and wisdom. I am absolutely certain she was thankful in her last moments for her wonderful family who offered support and encouragement. Her best bud, her lovely sister, who she loved so much. We had the best time at her New Years Eve parties 🙂 What gives me some sort of comfort is that somewhere in her collections of photos, my little Paloma’s picture will be there, she was so happy for me and my new family and always encouraged my own pursuit of a balanced life in dance. Crazy and all. We love you always Allison…luv Vanessa, Danny and Paloma from Seattle.

Thank you for taking the burden of being the organizer and information collector. I would love to post some photos to her memorial site.

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Allison Notter

I cannot express how saddened I am to hear the news of Allisons passing. I met her because I am the arts liaison at PS63 in Queens and for the past 6 years we have enjoyed participating in the Dancing Classrooms program. Allison was our resident teaching artist for the first 4 years we had the program and, as a result, became near and dear to much of the PS63 family. To this day, even though she has not worked with us for the last two years, staff and former students ask me about her. That is how powerful her gift was.

Over the years I have worked with many teaching artists and have learned that it is a rare and beautiful thing to find someone who is not only a talented and dedicated artist, but is also an extraordinary teacher. Allison understood the nuances of education and had the innate ability to nurture her students toward success. She was also such a pleasure to work with always organized, prompt, professional, articulate and an overall positive presence. It is no wonder she made such an impression on both students and staff.

When she made the decision to pursue a teaching certificate in dance at NYU I was sad that she would no longer be working with us, but also happy that she was following her heart into a field that was such a perfect fit for her talents. Secretly, I hoped that the stars would align in such a way that she would someday come back to 63 and become a permanent member of our family.

To Allisons friends and family, please accept the most genuine of condolences on behalf of the PS63 community. Allisons gentle spirit and loving smile will be forever held in the hearts of all who knew her. She was a precious soul.

Martha Nelson
Artistic Director
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Allison Notter

Hello,

I wanted to contribute a memory of Allison Notter as she was greatly loved by those of us who worked with her teaching ballroom with Dancing Classrooms.

Allison Notter was an inspiration to many but especially to me. She lived her dreams, followed her heart and pursued her passions. I have always admired this in her and have used her strength and freedom as a model in following my own dreams. I think of her often, always wondering what brave, exotic new conquests she will pursue. I think of her when I plan my own crazy travels, and I have always harbored a secret admiration for her fearlessness and commitment to what she loved. Allison Notter is one of the kindest, strongest, most passionate, focused, gentle, caring, sincere people I have ever met, and her absence is a great, great loss. She cast a bright light wherever she went. This is truly tragic.

Allison Notter will remain an inspiration to me.

Thank you,
-Jennifer Brainsky
Dancing Classrooms, NYC
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Thank you for handling this ! I’ve been in shocked and griefing since I heard the news. No words can really convey how i feel so i’m posting some pics of our beautiful Allison along with words that i would love to say to Allison… given another chance. Feel free to post the pics to her memorial as you like.
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Allison is one of the kindest and most beautiful spirits I have experienced. One look in those blue eyes and it’s clear that her light will never die. She cared about everyone she came into contact with and has been an incredibly bright shining light in this world. She laughed a lot and was one of those rare people who followed her dreams relentlessly. I was fortunate to know Allison through many different friends and became good friends with her myself over the past few years. The strength of her friends, and her friendships with them, spoke volumes about her. She spoke often of her family and she clearly both loved them and saw them as a great source of strength. I’ll miss seeing her and hearing her laugh but will always feel her light. Thank you Allison, and thank you to her family and friends for sharing her with the world. Frank

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Shanequa, I agree. I am not ready to post yet either. You are right. She was a magnet. I feel out of orbit as well. I Nothing I write could sum up my thoughts or emotions right now. However, I’ll try. Allison would want us to reflect and use the energy from this tragedy and metamorphosize it into love and sharing. There are few people I have learned as much from as Ali. Things I have learned:
– (even though we argued about this—- "Part-Time Lover" is considered "Stevie- Cheese" and does not reflect his best work
-do not eat a tuna fish sandwich while sitting on a train in Europe
-dance and dance and dance
-and love and love and love
-and give little gifts and tokens of your love, joyous reminders of the connections we feel: cards, candles, words of wisdom
-follow your dreams
-reflect on the beauty of movement and words
-read
-travel
-explore
-and love and love and love
-face your fears
-call your loved ones
-drink red wine
-"The Secret" of positive thinking
-don’t settle for second best (Probably my favorite of her wisdoms)
-bake
-be zesty
-be a good friend, sister, daughter and commit to these relationships
-walk
-Take it in
-Community
-music
-joy
-"Hey girl"
-color / vibrance
-darling dresses and taking the time to look fantastic
-seeing no limits or limitations
-Reaching for the stars
-And above all else a perfect trifecta of beauty, grace, and sass…

There will be more, oh yes, there will be more! That will help us with today. There has been an outcry for West Coast events to commemorate the awesomeness of Ali. Please contact me if you would like to be a part of these events: Portland and/or San Francisco. asmacindoe.

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Allison’s Memorial Webpage

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Dear Allison,

I can’t believe you’re not coming back. I’ll never forget our Harlem Obama night in pajamas, and both of us running around the apartment with our ice packs. Rest in Peace, and keep dancing, wherever you are. We’ll miss you.

Josephine

On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:02 AM, <aldoo13> wrote:

Josephine,

Please forward this information to whomever you think would want to have it. It would help the family a great deal to see these postings. Thank You.

Naureen

Hello Dearest Friends:

To post a message as tribute to Allison on her memorial web page, please send an email to:
Zubu173lafe

To post an audio message: 713-574-9075, code 6954456-

To visit the webpage after you’ve posted or just to look, go to: Allisonnotter.wordpress.com

Love and gratitude to all of you for everything you have meant to Allison and for all your efforts and support moving forward.

The service/funeral details will follow soon. Please don’t forget to send me a list of email addresses of people that you’ve spoken to so I can reach out to them with the upcoming information.

With love and gratitude,
Naureen

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20 December, 2010 16:49

Allison…what a perfect person you are…so beautiful inside and out. This doesn’t even seem real..it’s too hard to digest. Growing up watching you and my sister giggling all the time is what i’m finding myself thinking about most…such a connection you two have…that is something that will always bring a smile to my face. And what an admirable person you are doing everything you’ve dreamed, going everywhere you wanted, and really following your heart…many people can’t say they’ve done that…but you have. I love you Ali and will miss you every single day…thank you for being such an amazing friend to Kristen and a part of our family…you are so loved by us

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20 December, 2010 16:47

Allison…what a perfect person you are…so beautiful inside and out. This doesn’t even seem real..it’s too hard to digest. Growing up watching you and my sister giggling all the time is what i’m finding myself thinking about most…such a connection you two have…that is something that will always bring a smile to my face. And what an admirable person you are doing everything you’ve dreamed, going everywhere you wanted, and really following your heart…many people can’t say they’ve done that…but you have. I love you Ali and will miss you every single day…thank you for being such an amazing friend to Kristen and a part of our family…you are so loved by us

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I am writing from the Dancing Classrooms family where Allison was treasured, loved and appreciated. We cared about her and her schools adored her. What do I remember about Allison? Well, a star has joined the sky. She is/was a light. Piercing blue eyes and that gentle, elegant, kind manner. She will be missed. I am deeply saddened by this loss. -AnaMaria

20 December, 2010 14:32

I want to thank Jessica for having the idea for this site and all those who collectively worked to see it through to fruition. Thank you all for your contributions. I do hope this will be a source of light, like Allison. I am showing up because I say this is our responsibility. Whatever happens after our arrival is subject to many other forces, but if we did not make the effort to show, we can only be disappointed in ourselves about the result. I say this to say, I’m really not ready to make a contribution to this site, because Allison was like a magnet and without her, I feel as if I will fall out of orbit. But that’s just it! Allison was such an extraordinary being, she had an immediate instinct about people and once she let you in her circle you feel as if the intensity of that bond could only be shared between the two of you, but in actuality she so embodied love that that connection existed with everyone she did love. I will miss her and her memory will be kept alive in my heart and I pray also in all of our intentions. ~ Shanequa

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Allison…what words could I possibly use to describe who you are…what you are…I just sent an email out with information about this webpage, and I signed it Allison at first by mistake…you are in my eyes, on my tounge, in my blood and being right now as if you are alive its so strange…I hear your laughter, the laughter you would never try to limit. I can hear it. I see your beautiful one in million, most beautiful blue eyes in thgis universe…your beautiful smile, your bluntness,your ability to create and nurture new close friendships within minutes of meeting someone-your nature to want to help any and everyone and desire to just get to work on the project, nomatter what it is. The beauty about you-one of the eternal many-is you would do everything, be responsible for the most incredible achievement but never be looking or needy of the praise, the attention or the credit. Allison, I cannot stop saying your name and sending messages to you. You have left a hole in my heart, a broken soul for me b/c noone-NOONE could ever replace you…there are literally things in my life that will never never be spoken about again b/c you were my sole confidant on so many things that I didn’t even want to speak to myself about….Allison is a legend, irreplaceable, and her spirit contagious…so alive you could always feel and touch it from miles away. I’m so happy you got to meet my son Allison-he is so lucky to have met you even if he was only going to know you for 3 months before you left for Cuba-i am so happy I’ll be able to tel him he at least met you b/c you are the most incredible role model of following your passions, of giving love like there’s no tomorrow, and of being a soulmate to so many people… Dance,Laugh,Live,Love,Give-
Your fan and friend,Naureen or “Naura” or “Noords” as you would call me sometimes….

Allison’s Memorial

This is Kristina Walton and I am a friend of Allison’s from NYU. I would like to be added to the master list about memorial services.

I am deeply saddened by this loss and am a bit in denial. Allison and I became closer friends during the summer when we did triathlon training together. I’m still in shock

Please keep me updated on all the details.

My deepest sympathies
-Kristina Walton-