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.
Houston received her training as a scholarship student
from Theresa Lee Crawford in Detroit, Michigan, the Central Pennsylvania
Youth Ballet, and the Virginia School of the Arts under the direction
of Petrus Bosman and David Keener, augmenting studies at summer programs
in Houston, Boston, Cleveland, and Italy. She has been a company member
with St. Louis Ballet, Dances Patrelle and ATREK, as well as a guest
artist internationally, performing principal roles in classical and
neo-classical ballets and new works by notable present-day choreographers.
In 2004, Ms. Houston joined the faculty of Alexandra School of Ballet
and holds the position of Associate Director for the Company. In addition
to teaching numerous classes and overseeing rehearsals, she also choreographs
original works for Alexandra Ballet.
Nieto-Jacobo is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. He
studied a variety of dance styles including Mexican folklore, Spanish/Flamenco,
tap, jazz, ballroom, and modern. He trained at the Royal Academy of
Dancing in London, as well as the American Ballet Center (Joffrey
Ballet School), David Howard Studio, and the New York Conservatory
of Dance. While at Mexico’s national dance company, C.N.D./Inba
(then under the supervision of Alicia Alonso), he was taught by teachers
from many different countries including France, Russia, England, the
United States, and Argentina. Mr. Nieto-Jacobo has taught in a variety
of cities throughout the U.S. and Mexico and has been an instructor
in the Missouri Folk Arts Program. Mr. Nieto-Jacobo joined the faculty
in 2010, teaching Men’s and Pas de Deux classes.
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.
Hoesly received her dance training from Jane Nygood Plum
in Normal, Illinois, Peoria Ballet under the direction of Mary Price
Boday, and attended summer programs including The Rock School, Joffrey
Midwest, Houston Ballet and David Howard workshops. At seventeen she
became a member of Ballet Chicago’s studio company, gaining
full immersion into the repertoire of George Balanchine. After a year,
she was invited to join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School as a
member of their trainee program, performing with the company in a
wide range of ballets. She has been a soloist with the Illinois Ballet
and Peoria Ballet, and taught at their respective schools. In 2011,
she joined the faculty of Alexandra School of Ballet and holds the
position as Assistant Ballet Mistress for the Company. She also teaches
for the St. Louis City Public Schools at Central Visual and Performing
Arts High School.