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Winslow Gabriel holds a BFA in Ballet from the University
of Utah and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from
Southern Methodist University. She has performed with Ballet
West, the Dallas Ballet, Repertory Dance Company of the Southwest,
Dancers Unlimited, Missouri Concert Ballet, and Mid America
Dance Company. Since 1984 she has taught at the Alexandra School
of Ballet where her courses include ballet, modern dance, and
character dance. As Ballet Mistress for the Alexandra Ballet
Company since 1986 to the present, Ms. Gabriel rehearses the
Company in major productions, as well as restaging works from
repertoire and co-choreographing lecture-demonstrations.
is Associate Professor of Dance at Butler University in Indianapolis,
Indiana. He obtained his Master’s Degree as Repetiteur
and Choreographer in 1982 from the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire
in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that, he studied
at the National School of Ballet in Poznan, Poland.
He has served as assistant artistic director, master teacher,
repetiteur, and choreographer for the National Ballet of Panama.
From 1983 to 1985, he was the Dance Advisor for the Latin-American
Dance Chapter to the Panamanian Ministry of Culture. As a
professional choreographer, Mr. Cholewa’s work has been
performed throughout the United States, Central and South
America, and Europe. Among his many original works are
the ballet-oratorio The Messiah, Simple Symphony, Danzon,
and Dreaming with Open Eyes.
Cholewa’s areas of special expertise are the full Vagaonova
syllabus (Russian Ballet Technique), and XIX century classical
ballet repertoire. In a collaboration spanning nearly
two decades, he has reconstructed and restaged several ballets
for Alexandra Ballet, including Les Sylphides, Giselle, Swan
Lake Act II, Le Jardin Animče (from Le Corsaire), La Fille
Mal Gardče, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, and Coppélia.
2001, he was made the recipient of an award from the Fulbright
Program. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Cholewa traveled to Eastern
Europe to research, record, and preserve historical character
dances of the region.
Bosman is a native of Capetown,
South Africa. In 1959, he began his eighteen-year association
with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Under the direction
of Sir Frederic Ashton, Bosman partnered the internationally
known Merle Park in Les Randezvous, was featured
as Katchei in Firebird, and performed in the Florestan
Pas de Trios in Sleeping Beauty. Noted for his
classical roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet,
The Nutcracker, and Les Sylphides, Bosman
also created the witty character portrayals as the widow Simone
in La Fille Mal Garde, an ugly sister (opposite Ashton).
During his years in London, Bosman produced a series of charity
galas sponsored by members of the Royal Family working closely
with Her Royal Heiness Princess Margaret. These glittering
theatrical events presented Margot Fonteyn, Rudolph Nureyev,
Merle Park, Antoinette Sibley, Ashton, and Bosman himself.
Since he retired as a performer, Bosman has taught and choreographed
extensively. Petrus is the artistic director of the Virginia
School for the Arts and the ballet instructor at Sweet Briar
College. His previous teaching positions include Ballet West,
National Academy of Arts, University of Illinois, Southwest
Regional Ballet Festival, Joffrey Ballet Company, Ballet Met,
Birmingham Ballet Company and School, Syracuse, Ballet Theatre,
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Bosman will be staging excerpts
from Les Patineurs for Alexandra Ballet in
Oberly's performing career
began in 1972 with Germany's famous Stuttgart Ballet, where
he worked with one of the greatest choreographic storytellers
of our time, John Cranko. Over the next 12 years, Oberly performed
with companies such as Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Tulsa
Ballet Theater, and Tivoli Pantomime Theater in Copenhagen,
Denmark. In 1988, he was named Artistic Director of Ballet
Iowa after serving as a Resident Choreographer and Ballet
Master of Finnish Ballet. His expertise in the ballet technique
of 19th century Danish master August Bournonville then took
him to Estonia Ballet as Guest Master Teacher for sixth and
eight year students of Bournonville training.
later served as Director of the Wolcott Children's Ballet,
a non-profit organization in rural Vermont dedicated to offering
quality pre-professional dance training to children regardless
of financial status. Oberly recently taught for Ballet Met
in Columbus, Ohio, and is currently working on independent
projects throughout the Midwest. Rich with choreographic credits
from Ballet Iowa, Estonia Theater Ballet, and others. Oberly
brings his highly regarded work to Alexandra Ballet in 2008,
with the Bournonville masterpiece, Konservatoriet.
Makhateli graduated from the Tblisi National Ballet
School and the Tblisi State Institute of the Arts, receiving
his Master's Degree as a teacher, repetiteur and choreographer.
He performed as Principal Dancer with the National Theater
Opera House in (Soviet) Georgia from 1966-1992, dancing all
the leading roles in the classical repertoire and then working
as a choreographer and Master Teacher with Maurice Bejart's
"Mudra-Afrique" School (Senegal), at the National
Ballet School (Nicaragua), and the Kirov (St. Petersburg).
Mr. Makhateli combines his international experience and lifelong
commitment to the artistry of ballet with his joy of teaching.
In the studio, he inspires young dancers as he instructs with
care, kindness, a true love of music and dance, and high standards
and expectations for his students.
Mr. Makhateli's areas of expertise as Ballet Master and Choreographer
for the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia included the
full Vaganova syllabus, the entire Petipa repertory (learned
in St. Petersburg from the Principal Choreographer of the
Kirov Ballet Theatre, Oleg Vinogradov); and the 8-year syllabus
of classical ballet (including character, pas de deux, music,
history of theatre and art). Mr. Makhateli's favorite performance
experiences are with The National Theater Opera House in Georgia
(Russia). Highlighting his favorites, he was Principal Dancer
in the following ballets: Bluebird in SLEEPING BEAUTY, Albrecht
in GISELLE, Poet in LES SYLPHIDES, Pas de Trois in SWAN LAKE,
Jerome in FLAMES OF PARIS, Solor in LA BAYADERE, Basil in
DON QUIXOTE, Prince in THE NUTCRACKER, PAQUITA, Colas in LA
FILLE MAL GARDEE, Jean de Brienne in RAYMONDA, FLOWER FESTIVAL
AT GENZANO, Franz in COPPELIA, Mengo in LAURENCIA and LE CORSAIRE
pas de deux.
Mr. Makhateli received the "Order of the Mark of Distinction"
from the Republic of Georgia, the highest order of the Georgia
Malinski studied with Sandra Kunz, Alumna of Alexandra
Ballet in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Ms. Malinski performed as
a soloist and toured nationally with her Company. Later she
served as instructor teaching ballet, modern and jazz. She has
attended master classes and workshops with Ballet Magnificat!
and Sabrina Gidley, among others. Under the guidance of Alexandra
Zaharias since 2006, she received extensive training in the
school’s syllabus and teaches Pre-Ballet, Beginners and Adult