Grief Is A Dancer
With her bracing storytelling, Bair shows what it’s like for her family to seek equilibrium after their unspeakable loss of 8-year-old Kelly. Bair proposes that grief is an intuitive, loving, life-long partner in sorrow, not something to “get over.”
Alisa Bair received undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Therapy from East Carolina University. She completed her music therapy internship at Philhaven Hospital and became board-certified before making a career pivot into motherhood. While she and her husband were raising three daughters—their youngest died in 1993—she freelanced as a writer/composer and served a variety of churches before entering NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she received her MFA. Her choral music has been published and widely sung internationally. She is also the composer of the musical Hello Sky, premiered by OperaLancaster, and librettist for The Lost Son, premiered by the renowned Indianapolis Children's Choir. She is the author of two books, "A TABLE FOR TWO: A mother and daughter face death together", and "GRIEF IS A DANCER: A mother reflects on the rigor and beauty of grief, 25 years after losing her child."