© 2019 by Alethea Alexander

Alethea is a Seattle-based dance artist and educator. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington where she is currently serving on faculty as Acting Assistant Professor. Her passion for teaching and building sensation-based dance spaces for diverse bodies to approach western concert dance forms has permeated her work with students at the University of Washington, Whatcom Community College and emerging and professional dancers at Velocity Dance CenterDance Church® and Pilates studios up and down the west coast. She has performed with the artists of Bellingham Repertory Dance (Bellingham); Chamber Dance Company, Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, The Stone Dance Collective and Ballet Bellevue (Seattle); and Unum Dance Company, Scott Wells and Jo Kreiter (San Francisco). Born in Washington State, Alethea grew up in the little northwest corner city of Bellingham.

Alethea’s creative and academic interests include accessibility and inclusivity of education, fusions of dance practices and American pop-culture, and social change through movement expression. She has made strides in bringing popular culture into conversation with dance in academia through classroom practices (within the university) and the application of scholarly work to popular culture and discourse (disseminated outside of academic publications and spaces). She has presented dance works and conversations for educational matinees at Western Washington University, and spoke about “Embodied Learning and Active Inclusivity” at the University of Washington Graduate Conference (2017). Blending physical and artistic practices of dance with American pop-culture cinema and neurobiology, Alethea’s body of research includes a series of interviews describing women’s physicalities of empowerment and confidence and the impacts of observing movement of women’s bodies in film (Arts in Society Conference, Vancouver B.C., 2017). She is also working to expand dance audiences and blend academia with pop-culture by using Hollywood cinema as a lens through which to examine dance history.

photo: Steve Korn