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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[Profiles] Disney Star Alyson Stoner biography

 Alyson Stoner

Alyson Stoner was born in Toledo, OH on August 11, 1993. Besides starting pre-school at Maumee Valley Country Day School at age 3, her “career” in dance also started at age 3 at the O’Connell Dance Studios in Toledo where she was trained in tap, jazz and ballet. At age 6, she and older sister, Correy, decided to take modeling and began classes at the former Margaret O’Brien Modeling Studio in Toledo. It was there that the future opportunities of an acting career became apparent. Ms. O’Brien took Alyson to the International Modeling and Talent Association’s New York Convention where she competed in many talent competitions. She took home honors in seven categories including First Place for a Comedic role, Second Place in Dance (as a 6 year old in the 8 to 12 year old category!) and First Runner Up, Actress of the Year.

Off to Los Angeles her family went to interview agents and managers. Shortly after these meetings, it was obvious that she was very enthused about being a performer through acting and dance and during the initial short stay, Alyson auditioned for every type of TV, Commercial, Print, Dance and Movie role available for that age. She found success early on and now has many credits to her name.

For the first few years in L.A., Alyson trained for the more popular Hip Hop style of dance with well-known choreographers Wade Robson, Fatima, Hi Hat, Dave Scott, Shane Sparks and Dante to name a few. It then came as no surprise when she auditioned and was cast to dance in the Missy Elliott “Work It” video which won top honors for Missy Elliott at the Video Music Awards. She went on to perform in two other Missy videos: “Gossip Folks” and “I’m Really Hot”. Missy continued casting Alyson as a dancer in various performances both live and taped, including the Jay Leno Show, American Music Awards, MTV’s Fashionably Loud Spring Break Concert in Miami and at Seattle’s Radio Concert. Her video career didn’t end there as she was called out by Eminem to dance in one of his videos and she was booked to dance at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards with both OutKast and Will Smith.

Her acting career took off soon after her move to L.A. when she booked commercials for Mattel, Hallmark-Disney and McDonald’s and then two ABC TV pilots in the same year. She was cast as “Sally” at age 8 on the popular Disney Channel’s “Mike’s Super Short Show” which ran for five years. In addition, she had a recurring role as “Max” on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and filmed her own pilot for Disney entitled “Better Days”. She has appeared as guest starring roles on Disney’s That’s So Raven as well as Drake & Josh (for Nickelodeon).

Voiceovers have also been a steady job for Alyson with such noted ones as Lilo & Stitch, W.I.T.C.H., Pompoko and Phineas & Ferb. She has performed voicework for many TV shows and movies as well.

Alyson has filmed many TV shows as a guest star but has also booked six ABC/NBC or Disney pilots as the lead or in a leading role in her short career. She has appeared on such talk shows as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Maury Povich’s World’s Most Talent Kids segment, The Sharon Osbourne Talented Kids segment as well as performed live for TV at the American Music Awards, The Kids’ Choice Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.

Her “big screen” career includes roles as “Sarah Baker” in the popular Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 movies starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt; as “Camille” in Step Up starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan; as “Alice” in Alice UpSide Down (where she also sang the title song) and as “Caitlyn” in Disney’s Camp Rock starring among others, the Jonas Brothers.

She continues to enjoy dance as a teacher of hip hop for both children and young teens and has taught master classes in Hollywood, San Diego and nearby Simi Valley. She even performed 26 stage shows with “Fame” Choreographer and Dancer Debbie Allen in “Brothers of the Knight” at age 8. And recently, Bloch Dance Apparel Corporation contracted with Alyson to design her own dance/street shoe line which is scheduled out in the Spring of 2008.

She is now studying with a voice coach and working on a recording career writing some of the music she sings and continues to be active in sports being well trained in basketball (following in sister Jaimee’s footsteps!), softball, soccer, swimming, golf and makes it a practice to work out regularly. Alyson is a very focused home-schooled student and she “dabbles” around on a few musical instruments, loves to cook and attend sporting events when the time allows.
Interesting facts:
Went to Margaret O'Brien's agency and the Star-Bound Modeling Agency in Toledo, Ohio.

Trained at O'Connell Hot Shots Dance Co in Holland, Ohio.

Alyson plays basketball.

Was a member of a dance group called the JammXKids.

She composes and records her songs onto her computer during her free time.

Was a back-up dancer for Will Smith at the 2005 Nickelodan Kids Choice Awards, and also a back-up dancer for OutKast at the 2004 Kid's Choice Awards.

Alyson was a back-up dancer for Missy Elliot and Eminem.

Appeared in the "Learn to Dance" section of the Shark Tale DVD.

Is good friends with Dylan and Cole Sprouse.

Was a celebrity host on Dance Revolution.

Once interviewed Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus for her Amazon special live chat, who is also a friend.

The youngest person to have their own master dance class sessions.

Alyson attends a public school.

Alyson is very involved with charities and taking care of the enviroment.

Alyson isn't really into candie, her type of candy is cereal and frozen yogurt.

The Alyson Stoner Project (2008) (post-production)
Camp Rock (2008) (TV) .... Caitlyn
Alice Upside Down (2007) .... Alice McKinley
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever (2007) (V) (voice) .... Holly Hobbie
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Secret Adventures (2007) (V) (voice) .... Holly Hobbie
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes (2006) (V) (voice) .... Holly Hobbie
Step Up (2006) .... Camille
Better Days (2005) .... Lindy
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Surprise Party (2005) (V) .... Holly Hobbie
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) .... Sarah Baker
Garfield (2004) (voice) .... Kid Rat
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) .... Sarah Baker
Lilo & Stitch (2002) (voice) .... Victoria
Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko (1994) (voice: English version) .... Additional Voices


"Phineas and Ferb" .... Isabella (21 episodes, 2007-2008)
"The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" .... Max (6 episodes, 2005-2007)
"W.I.T.C.H." .... Lilian / ... (4 episodes, 2006)
"Joey" .... Kaley (1 episode, 2006)
"Super Short Show" .... Sally / ... (26 episodes, 2002-2006)
"That's So Raven" .... Ally Parker (1 episode, 2005)
"Lilo & Stitch: The Series" .... Victoria (1 episode, 2005)
"Drake & Josh" .... Mellisa / ... (1 episode, 2004)
"I'm with Her" .... Dylan Cassidy (1 episode, 2004)

Filmography as Herself

"Dance Revolution" .... Herself - Celebrity Judge (4 episodes, 2006)
- Episode #1.4 (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Celebrity Judge
- Episode #1.3 (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Celebrity Judge
- Episode #1.2 (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Celebrity Judge
- Dance Revolution (2006) TV episode .... Herself - Celebrity Judge

"I Married a Princess" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- High Tea at High Noon (2005) TV episode .... Herself

Shark Tale: Learn to Dance (2005) (V) (uncredited) .... Dancer

The JammX Kids (2004) (V) .... Alyson

"Making the Video" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Eminem: Just Lose It (2004) TV episode .... Herself

"Saturday Night Live" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- Alec Baldwin/Missy Elliot (2003) TV episode (uncredited) .... Herself


J.C. Penny National
NIKE National
McDonald’s National
Kinkos National
Cox Communications Cable/Internet
Hallmark/Disney World National
Mattel Industrial
Kathy’s So Called Reality Show MTV

Music Videos

Eminem - Just Lose It Dancer MTV/Interscope
Mtv Video Music Awards Guest MTV
Missy Elliott - I’m Really Hot Featured Dancer Dir. Bryan Barber
Missy Elliott - Work It Lead Dancer Dir. Dave Meyers
Missy Elliott -Gossip Folks Lead Dancer Dir. Dave Meyers
Disney Dance-A-Long Video Lead Dancer 30H!5 Creative Inc.
Psychedelic Love Featured Japanese Music Video
Juan Gabriel & The Kumbia Kings Dancer Evy Willis Production
"Anyone iwth a job that makes a difference in the world, like doctors, a great professor, or even a very charitable actor/actress, like Natalie Portman." [on who makes her star-struck]

"My idea of a perfect day is filming a show, recording a song, taking a dance class, visiting both family and friends, and then traveling somewhere new!"

"I'm still a tomboy, I think, but I'm getting older and starting to feel all these weird feelings about guys! It's definitely a mixture of everything. Still wanting to be cute, but I still like sports! It's just confusing!"

"Hip-Hop's definitely the most fun! Acting and dancing are like the same process, just with moving your body or moving your mouth!"

"I kind of want to be Hilary Duff! I want to do her path because she's so amazing and so nice!"

"I have a sticker phobia. I don't know why, it's just something that really freaks me out." [on what people don't know about her]

"When I started, I would just remember the lines and go say them. Now I've learned how to prepare for a role, now I know that there's a purpose for every scene."

"Probably Alice, since she shows the most character development. Also, since there are modeic and dramatic scenes, I got more freedom to really BE Alice in every situation." [on the character that was most fun to do]
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