Zaharias, Artistic Director
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.
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
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.