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Alex trained at the Boston School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet before dancing professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance. On Broadway, he was an original cast member of “MOVIN' OUT”, “The TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN” and “COME FLY AWAY”, all directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp.
He has also danced with Mark Morris Dance Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Dances Patrelle, the Houston Grand Opera, and in the films “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” and “JULIE AND JULIA”.
Alex has staged Twyla Tharp repertory for dance companies worldwide, and as a guest teacher has taught technique (ballet & contemporary) and repertory at many universities and dance/ballet institutions.
Alex started choreographing when he was a soloist at Miami City Ballet in 1997. Since his performance career was taking off, he took a break from choreographing for a while. Though through working with the masters as a dancer, performer, assistant, administrator, and company manager gave him amazing experience and learning opportunities for his own artistry. Now Alex is following creative pursuits and inspiring audiences around the world.
Since 2018 he choreographed “NINETEEN IN SEVEN” and "VERGE" for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company, “SHIVER” for the Concord Academy Dance Project, and “TOSSED” for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, "COPPÉLIA" for Harumi Hamanaka Ballet School in Tokyo, Japan.
He is selected as a choreographer for UNCSA the 2019 Choreographic Institute residency.
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I want to see people dance. I want the people watching the dance to feel a part of it. I find great interest in the power of physical movement. Something beautiful happens when dancers get to the edge of exhaustion and they have no time or energy to do anything but dance. The audience and performer become linked, all thoughts pushed away, completely in the now. The shared energy of bodies in motion, and the rhythms of dancing with music resound deep in the core of what it is to be human.
I am on a constant search for new sources of inspiration. My creativity is spurred by finding new and different ways of collecting ideas and how to put them together. I am intrigued in what bonds us as humans. How the power of a big group dance or quiet simple gesture can impact people. How the dancers watch, communicate, and help each other without ever speaking. The joy is in the search to discover the underlying threads that bind a dance, whether emotional, physical or something completely different.
My work philosophy is centered on growth, flexibility and humor. They were as important to me as a dancer as they are to me as a creative person. The only way to keep moving forward is to keep learning and growing. We'll never know everything, but thats no reason to stop. One must have structure, but flexibility helps navigate it. One must work hard, but if there is no enjoyment, why do it? In order to become better at what we do, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves. I have been a dancer and in that world as long as I can remember. Dance is my life. While ever grateful for the experience that has given me an amazing toolbox to access, I am always looking to learn more and grow in different directions.