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Alexandra Zaharias, Artistic Director

Alexandra Zaharias is the founder and director of the Alexandra School of Ballet, established in 1949. She was the director of the Missouri Concert Ballet prior to founding the Alexandra Ballet Company in 1984. That year, Alexandra Ballet received the first Astral Foundation Choreographers Award from the National Association for Regional Ballet.

Miss Zaharias received her early training in St. Louis from Isabella Rainford, and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet in New York City under the legendary George Balanchine. She attended the National Academy of Ballet, under the direction of Thalia Mara, renowned teacher, author, and founder of the International Ballet Competition, held in Jackson, Mississippi. Miss Zaharias is National Dance Chairperson for the National National Society of Arts and letters, and past president of the St. Louis Chapter. She has served as co-director of the Midwestern Music and Arts Camp, University of Kansas, and taught ballet at Fontbonne College in Clayton, Missouri. She was Dance Consultant for the St. Louis Board of Education Commission and served as dance panelist for the Missouri Arts Council. She has directed four seasons of The Nutcracker, and choreographed KinderKonzerts and Young People's Concerts for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

In 1991, Miss Zaharias received the Hellenic American Achievement Award for her work in the arts. She was honored in 1999 by the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis as a recipient of one of their coveted Excellence in the Arts Awards, in recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to her students and her audiences.

Miss Zaharias is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Ballet Achievement Fund, Past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, has served as a dance panelist for the Missouri Arts Council and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, is Past President of Regional Dance America/Mid-States and currently serves as Historian for its National Board.


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