Zaharias is the founder and director of the Alexandra
School of Ballet and was the Artistic Director of the Missouri Concert
Ballet prior to founding Alexandra Ballet in 1984. She 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 also attended the National
Academy of Ballet, under the direction of Thalia Mara. In 1991,
Alexandra received a Hellenic American Achievement Award. “Miss
A” was honored in 1999 by the Arts & Education Council
of Greater St. Louis, and was a St. Andrews Ageless-Remarkable 2009
has been the Artistic Director of full length productions of Alice
in Wonderland, Coppélia, Les Sylphides, A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Paquita, and
The Nutcracker. Alexandra is 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 served as Historian for its National Board.
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.
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 Classes.