Former professional ballet dancer
Certified Pilates instructor
Born in Grazz, Austria and raised by Austrian and Colombian parents, Alexandra started dancing classical ballet at the age of 3 and jazz, tap and modern dance at the age of 8 with Ballet Alaska, in Anchorage. After moving to California during high school, she discovered the Huntington Academy of Ballet, with Marnell Himes as director. She received incredibly high-quality ballet training in the Cecchetti method, earning an Honors in both the Elementary and Intermediate Cecchetti student exams. Soon after, she enrolled in the Associate of Arts (AA) Dance program at Orange Coast College( OCC) in Costa Mesa, California where she continued dancing ballet, modern, tap and jazz. At OCC, Alexandra was introduced to Pilates, which resonated with her and supported her physical and intuitive (body awareness) training as a dancer.
At age 19, she auditioned for Ballet Pacifica, a professional ballet company in Irvine, California, where she danced as a corps member, then principal dancer for 7 years. While with Ballet Pacifica, Alexandra worked with director Molly Lynch, choreographers and teachers, David Allen, Trey McIntyre, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Charles Maple, Dennis Wayne, Janek Schergen, Frank Chavez and Diane Defenderfer. Soloist roles included “Micaela” in Carmen, “Stella” in A Streetcar Named Desire, Capriol Suite, Reunions and "Snow Queen" and "Dew Drop Fairy" in The Nutcracker, among others.
Her dancing years in California were the most valuable to her as she was developing into both a dancer and young adult. Alexandra learned about the importance and value behind proper training, body awareness and kinetics, commitment and staying true to what inspires her the most—dance! During this time, she too received a BA in Psychology from Chapman University, graduating with Honors.
In 2000, she moved to Carbondale, Colorado with her husband and fellow Ballet Pacifica dancer, Anthony. Not long after, Alexandra discovered the Pilates Center in Boulder where she completed the Teacher’s Training Program in 2002 and then the Master’s Program in 2010, an advanced continuing education program for Pilates instructors. In Colorado, she has performed as a guest dancer with her own studio as well as with the Glenwood Dance Academy and Dance Arts Theatre Company, as the ”Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker and danced a lead role in A Rodeo, with David Taylor and Anthony Jerkunica. Other guest appearances have been with the Glenwood Center for the Arts , Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Carbondale Arts,' Green is the New Black Fashion show.
After years of integrated dance and Pilates training and education, Alexandra firmly believes the mind-body connection truly exists. She uses these valuable tools, plus her experience as a passionate dancer, choreographer, performer and instructor to support student aspirations and goals by instilling what she calls “true form” technique. This technique maximizes the full potential of her students as balanced, educated movers in Pilates and ballet, whether professionally or for recreation.