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Alexandra 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 honoree.

She 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.

Norma 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.

Rebecca 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.

Rachel Butchko began her training under the tutelage of Barbara Craig at Dance Project St. Louis and continued training at the Alexandra School of Ballet with Alexandra Zaharias. She attended summer intensives including Glenda Brown Choreography Project, American Ballet Theatre, and Jordan Academy of Dance at Butler University. As a member of the Alexandra Ballet Company, a few of her favorite roles were Summer Fairy in Cinderella and Lead Mazurka in Coppelia. She was proud to perform with Hora Tango, representing Regional Dance America, MidStates Region and Alexandra Ballet at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduation, she has continued to perform as a guest artist with the company as Frau Stalbaum in The Nutcracker, and most recently as Bathilde in Giselle. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lindenwood University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.
 
 

 

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