We’re so excited to welcome new Revolutions Rockstar Alyson. Alyson discovered uforia through Hip Hop Club but soon found her true calling in the Underground. Hailing from New Jersey, but now a die-hard Bay Area girl, former ballerina and by day mechanical engineer is taking the Palo Alto Underground by storm! A perfect blend of total grit and killer dance moves make Alyson’s Revolutions a CANNOT miss.
Read on for Pro Tips on latte art, silversmithing, and how Alyson likes to get her groove on:
Favorite Palo Alto Hot Spots?
I love Tacolicious; the Pacific cod tacos are my favorite hands down. Zombie Runner (running + coffee… need I say more) on California Ave is another go-to spot of mine. Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi is a total hidden gem. Pro tip: hamachi avocado roll.
What do you do in your spare time?
By day, I’m a mechanical engineer at IDEO in Palo Alto. I love building! I worked at the Stanford Product Realization Lab in college and always have a few shop projects that I’m working on in my garage or at work.
Last fall, my mom lost a gold ring that she had for many years and loved, so I recreated it by machining a mold and investment casting a new one. She was ecstatic! Silversmithing projects are my favorite because they combine fine art with engineering and a personal connection to the user.
Most recently, I’ve fallen in love with surfing. At this point, it’s mostly a lot of paddling and falling over but I’m addicted to the water and the challenge.
Where do you find your uforia?
I find my uforia in helping people achieve goals they didn’t think they could achieve. For me, nothing is more satisfying than seeing the look on a people’s faces when they realize they can challenge themselves in new ways. Whether I’m helping a client solve an engineering problem at work or riding with fellow uforians, I’m passionate about inspiring teamwork, dedication, and a positive attitude.
What are your favorite pre/post workout snacks?
Pre-workout I go for a banana with peanut butter. It’s light but gives you so much energy. Post-workout, I love whipping up homemade smoothies! I love trying new combos so come find me to do some recipe swapping!
Favorite songs at the moment?
These are my current favorites: “Knives” by Matoma, “Middle” by DJ Snake, “Revolution” by Diplo, “Temple” by Parson James, &“Gold” by Kiiara. They’re great for zoning out at work and jamming to on the regular.
Anything else you might want to share with our uforians?
My first love is ballet. After incurring an injury that ended my career eight years ago, I rediscovered dance through hip hop at uforia last summer (shout out to Jazon, Briana, and Alisha!) and promised myself I wouldn’t lose dance or my love of movement again. The encouraging and supportive Rockstars pushed me to try Revolutions and I got hooked!