© 2019 by Alethea Alexander

Curriculum Vitae

                                              

EDUCATION

2018               University of Washington, Seattle WA, Master of Fine Arts in Dance

MFA Research: Dance history through the lens of popular cinema

 

2011               University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Bachelor of Arts in Dance, cum laude

Minor in Environmental Studies

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

2017               Dance Church™ (Seattle WA)

Trained teacher/guide

2018               Balanced Body University (Bellingham WA) 

Pilates Mat I, Mat II and Reformer I Instructor Certificates

                       

UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE TEACHING

2018-present   University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Acting Assistant Professor

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Modern (2019), Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2018, 19), Low-Intermediate Contemporary Ballet (2019), Euro-Centric Dance History and Popular Cinema (2019), Open Contemporary Ballet (2019), Intermediate Contemporary Modern (2019), Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2018), Beginning Ballet (2018)

 

2017-2018     University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Post-Doctoral Lecturer

Instructor of Record:

Pilates (2018), Advanced Ballet (2018), Dance History and Popular Cinema: Imagined Conversations between William Forsythe and Quentin Tarantino (& others) (2018), Intermediate Modern (2017), Advanced Beginning Ballet (2017), Introduction to Dance (2017)

Guest Lecturer:

Embodied History: Jane Dudley’s Harmonica Breakdown (2018), Creating a Professional Website (2018), Anatomy of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity (2017)

Teaching Aide:

Anatomy for Dancers

 

2014-2016     Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA, Adjunct Faculty

Introduction to dance (3-course series), Pilates Mat

                                               

PERFORMANCE

Dance Companies                                                     

2017-present   Chamber Dance Company, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2014-15          Hannah C. Wiley, Artistic Director

2009-11          Works by: Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, Kate Weare, Lucinda Childs, Martha Graham, Doug Elkins, Bebe Miller, Bill T Jones, Shapiro and Smith,

Susan Marshall, Alwin Nikolais, Oskar Schlemmer, Jane Dudley, Wade Madsen, Lar Lubovitch, Charles Weidman, Mark Morris

                       

2013-2017      Bellingham Repertory Dance, Bellingham, WA

Dancer, Co-Director of collective company

Works by: Mark Haim, Mary Sheldon Scott, Ryan Corriston, Lauren Edson, Kevin Jenkins, Rachael Lincoln, Monica Campbell, Marlo Martin, 

   Jessica Zoller, et. al.

Performances in: Bellingham and Seattle, WA

2013               Unum Dance Company, San Francisco, CA

Diana Broker, Artistic Director and Choreographer

 

2011               Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue, WA,

Li Hengda, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Sleeping Beauty (Carabosse), based on Marius Petipa (1890)

 

2010-11          Stone Dance Collective, Seattle, WA

Eva Stone, Artistic Director and Choreographer

 

2009-11          Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, Seattle, WA

David Schleiffers, Artistic Director and Choreographer

Venues: On the Boards (Seattle, WA), Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue, WA), Seattle International Dance Festival (Seattle, WA), Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (Langley, WA), Edmonds Community College (Edmonds, WA)

Collaborations                                                           

2019               with Adele Nickel (dance artist), Washington State and Texas

Vita Activa

Venues: Firehouse Performing Arts Center (Bellingham, WA), Sam Houston State University (Hunstville, TX), Meany Studio Theater (Seattle, WA) 

2018               with Anna Mlasowsky (glass artist), Seattle and Bellevue, WA

Chorus of One

Venue: Bellevue Arts Museum

 

2018               with Daniel Webbon (composer, musician), Seattle, WA

St. Helena

Venue: Good Shepherd Center

 

Dance Projects                                                           

2017               Stephanie Liapis Dance Projects, Seattle, WA

Castor & Pollux: A Movement Score

Venues: University of Washington, On the Boards

 

2016               Monica Campbell, Bellingham, WA

Peacebuilding Through the Arts

Venue: Western Washington University

 

2013               Caitlin Hafer, Choreographer, San Francisco, CA

Based on a True Story

Venue: ODC Theater

 

2012               David Schleiffers, Choreographer, San Francisco, CA

Cold Snap

Venue: ODC Theater

 

2012               Jennifer Salk, Choreographer; Maja Petric, Digital/Experimental Artist, Seattle, WA Eyes of the Skin

Venue: Henry Art Gallery

Screen Dances                                                             

2015               Pacing, Director/Producer: Juliette Machado, Bellingham, WA

Dancer

Presented at: Festival of Recorded Movement, 2016 (Vancouver, BC), Grounds for Sculpture, 2015 (Hamilton, NJ), 40 North Dance Film Festival, 2015 (San Diego, CA), Pickford Film Center, 2015 (Bellingham, WA)

2013               Year Three: Leather, Producer: Andy Farnum, Bellingham, WA

Performer, Choreographer

Private screening only

 

2013               Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart, Producer: Erin Malley, San Francisco, CA

Dancer

Presented at: Szerpentin Táncfilm Feztivál (Budapest), ODC Pilot 62 (San Francisco, CA), Topanga Film Festival (Topanga, CA), SF Dance Film Festival (San Francisco, CA), Speechless Film Festival (Mankato, MN), En Route Dance Festival (online only)

CHOREOGRAPHY

2019               and then, together, Velocity Dance Center: Strictly Seattle, Seattle, WA

Broadway Performance Hall: Fifteen-minute work for nine adult artists of diverse ages and experience levels, brought together by the imagery of a quivering and communally-supportive school of fish

 

2019               We Have Always Been There, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Meany Hall: Fifteen-minute work for ten women exploring aspects of the shrouded history of women in the work force, and other facets of seen and unseen femininity

2018               Duet for Four, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Meany Studio Theater: Eleven-minute quartet on themes of proximity, vulnerability and platonic relationships between same-sex partners

                       

2018               a storm of our own making, Yaw Theater, Seattle, WA

Relay Dance Collective re-setting of original twelve-minute group work Tornado 2.0 for seven dancers

 

2017               a storm of our own making, screen dance, Self-Directed/Produced, Seattle, WA

Choreographer, Director

Presented at: Fuselage Dance Film Festival, 2018 (Seattle, WA), 12 Minutes Max, 2017 (Bellingham, WA), To Martha, From Doris V1 (women-centric screen dance chainmail publication)

2017               Tornado 2.0, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Meany Studio Theater: Twelve-minute group work for nine dancers, live percussionist and original music composition

 

2016               Five Times/Day, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Heiner Theater: Six-minute group work for five dancers

 

2016               At the Table, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Heiner Theater: Eight-minute physical theater piece for five performers, presented in collaboration with music and theater works that challenged the question “But is it art?”

 

2015               And so it goes…, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Heiner Theater: Improvisational collaborative conversation between eight dancers (score by Alethea Alexander + dancers) and ten jazz musicians (score by James Holt)

 

2015               Point to It, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Cascade Theater: Eight-minute group piece for nine dancers

 

2013               Year Three: Leather, Screen Dance, Bellingham, WA

Private dance film commission: Five-minute duet with original music composition

REHEARSAL DIRECTION​ AND RESTAGING

2018               Chamber Dance Company, Seattle, WA

Artistic Director: Hannah C. Wiley. Choreographer: Susan Marshall. Restager, Cloudless (excerpt)

                 

2011               Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

Director/Choreographer: Li Hengda. Assistant Artistic Director, Sleeping Beauty

 

2010               Quark Contemporary Dance Theatre, Clinton, WA

Director/Choreographer: David Schlieffers. Rehearsal Assistant, Once and Never Again

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS​

2018               “Wonderwomen: Embodied Confidence in Popular Media”

Invited: The Arts in Society, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC

The role of physicality and mirror neurons in affecting confidence in women in personal practice and as observed in cinema

 

2017               “Embodied Learning and Active Inclusivity”

Our Work Now: The Critical Role of Graduate and Professional Students in Post-Election America, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Using Dewey and D’Houbler’s theories to see and engage diverse students

 

2016, 17         “Bellingham Repertory Dance: Educational Matinee”

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Lecturer and performer

 

2010               “Student/Faculty Panel in the Arts”

University of Washington, Seattle WA

Arts in the academic and research environment of a RI institution

 

2010               “Reliving Modern Dance in the Seattle and Global Communities”

Mary Gates Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Lecture/demonstration on the reconstruction of historical dance works

 

2010               “Body, Effort, Space: A Discussion of Melanie Bales’ Research”

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Lecture/demonstration on Laban/Bartenieff in the classroom

 

ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Master Classes & Guest Teaching                           

2019               Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, Advanced modern technique for undergraduate dancers

2019               Ballet Preljocaj, Seattle, WA, Company class for touring performers of La Fresque

2019               Velocity Dance Center: Strictly Seattle, Seattle, WA, Three-week intensive technique and creation process with intermediate adult dancers

2018-19          Dance Church™ for Team Survivor Northwest, Seattle, WA, Guided class for members of the non-profit cancer support group

2018               7 Day Dance Festival, Bellingham, WA, Dance Church™ and Adv/Prof Contemporary master classes

2018, 2017     Seattle Piano Institute, Seattle, WA, Movement workshop for aspiring classical pianists

2017-present    Dance Church™, Seattle & Bellingham, WA

2017               Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, WA, Advanced Contemporary master class

2016               University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Advanced Contemporary master class

2013               Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, San Francisco, CA, Guest open modern

2013               ODC, Katie Faulkner, San Francisco, CA, Guest for advanced/professional contemporary

2011               University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Guest ballet and modern technique

2010               Whidbey Island Dance Theater, Clinton, WA, Guest ballet, modern, pointe

2010               Yakima Valley Public School District, Yakima, WA, One-day residency for “at risk” high school students

Studios and Public Schools                                        

2018-present    Dance Fremont!, Seattle, WA                                                        ages: 15-18

Advanced ballet and contemporary technique classes for pre-professional students

 

2016-17         Bellingham Repertory Dance for Youth, Bellingham, WA        ages: 13-18

Contemporary ballet, repertory, anatomy, history, and cross-training for three and five day pre-professional youth intensives

 

2014-16          Fidalgo Danceworks, Anacortes, WA                                          ages: 8-18

All levels of ballet, conditioning, contemporary, company repertory

 

2014,              Ballet Bellevue, Bellevue, WA                                                      ages: 12-18

2011-12          Jazz, contemporary, advanced-level ballet and pointe

 

2014-15          Bell Towers Studios, Bellingham, WA   

Beginning adult ballet

 

2013-2017      Bellingham Repertory Dance, Firehouse PAC, Bellingham, WA

Open company class

                       

2013               Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Bellingham, WA

Advanced contemporary

 

2013               Children’s Center for Dance, San Francisco, CA                        ages: 4-8

Creative movement

 

2012-13          ODC/School, San Francisco, CA                                                   ages: 6-8

Pre-ballet. Assistant Instructor

 

2012               Open Flight Dance Studios, Seattle, WA

Private ballet and anatomy instructor for beginning dancer

 

2011-12          Hengda Dance Academy, Seattle, WA                                          ages: 3-adult

All levels of ballet

Pilates                                                                              

2014-17          Core Kinetics Pilates, Bellingham, WA

Pilates Mat and Reformer groups and privates

                       

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

2013-17         Bellingham Repertory Dance, Bellingham, WA

Press Liaison, writing and distributing all company media

2011               Chamber Dance Company, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Organization of correspondence, press and library archive materials

 

2009-10         University of Washington Dance Program, Seattle, WA

Intern in charge of Chamber Dance Company costumes, assistant production, web archive

 

2010               Integrated Dance Summer Intensive, Seattle, WA, Intern

                       

2007-08         Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Washington, DC

Education Intern, outreach coordinator, teacher in public elementary school, stage manager, publicity and public relations, grant writing

SERVICE​

National/International Service                                             

2019               Arts in Society Journal, International Journal Publication

Peer review for prospective published article

Community Service                                                               

2019               Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA

Panel member for conversation about George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and his broader impact on American and global dance

 

2019               High School History Month, Seattle, WA

Two-hour video interview for high school student on early modern dance history

 

2018-present  TeenTix, Seattle, WA

Advisory Council member for non-profit youth arts engagement program

 

2016               Mount Baker Theater, Bellingham, WA

Pre-Show Lecture/Guest of Honor for MOMIX: Opus Cactus

Service to the University                                                      

2018               Meany Theater and University of Washington Club, Seattle, WA

Pre-Show Lecture/Guest for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Departmental Service                                                          

2019               Career Explorations in Dance course, UW: Department of Dance, Seattle, WA

Guest speaker for senior undergraduate course

2018-present  Diversity Committee, UW: Department of Dance, Seattle, WA

                       Member: faculty, staff & student departmental diversity council

2018-19          Graduate Program, UW: Department of Dance Seattle, WA

                       Assistant Graduate Program Adviser

2017-18          Departmental Concert Warm-Up class, Seattle, WA

                       Pre-show class for undergraduate performers

2017, 18         Dance Major’s Concert, UW: Department of Dance, Seattle, WA

                       Undergraduate concert choreographic adviser 

PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE​

2018-present  Departmental Concerts, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Artistic Director and Coordinator for Faculty, Masters and Undergraduate departmental concerts 

 

2016               lean to productions, Seattle, WA, Stage Manager

                       

2014-16         Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA, Stage Manager, Light Board Operator

                       

2015               University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Stage Manager

                       

2013               Essential Action Productions, San Francisco, CA, Stage Manager

                      

2012               ODC/School, San Francisco, CA, Technical Assistant, Stage Manager

                      

2012               No Twist Theater Co, San Francisco, CA, Stage Manager

                       

2010-11         Dance Program, University of Washington, Seattle, Stage Manager,

Production Coordinator

 

2008              Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, Washington, DC, Stage Manager, Stage Crew

                       

HONORS AND AWARDS​

2018               Kreielsheimer Research Grant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2017-18          Teaching Assistantship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

2017-18          Full Tuition Wavier, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

2009, 2010     Certificate of High Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

2010               Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

2009               Mary Gates Research Grant, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS

2019               Building Equitable Classrooms, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2019               Town Hall: Diveristy, Equity and Inclusivity, Dr. Anu Taranath, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2019               Working Against Bias in Searches, Chad Allen: Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

2018               Foundational Understandings in Racial Equity, Sonali Balajee and Diana Falchuck, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 

SELECTED DANCE TRAINING

Velocity Dance Center: Seattle, WA • Kate Wallich, Jody Kuehner, Mark Haim

ODC: San Francisco, CA • Janice Garrett, Katie Faulkner, Robert Moses, Augusta Moore

University of Washington: Seattle, WA • Hannah C. Wiley, Jennifer Salk, Elizabeth Cooper, Catherine Cabeen, Tonya Lockyer

Maryland Youth Ballet: Silver Spring, MD • Susan Gresko, Roberta Stiehm, Michelle Lees

Dance Place: Washington, DC • Deborah Riley, Carla Perlo

School of Ballet Chicago: Chicago, IL • Patricia Blair, Daniel Duell

Northwest Ballet Theater: Bellingham, WA • John Bishop

Pacific Dance Company: Bellingham, WA • Elise Kerman

Nancy White School of Ballet: Bellingham, WA

 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Digital Skills: online and printed media releases, video and music editing, web page design and management, copy editing

Social dance: east coast swing, lindy hop, blues

 

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST