$6,000 will secure Alexa’s airfare, housing, and help cover venue costs in Edinburgh.
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Checks can be made payable and mailed to:
ARCOS Foundation for the Arts
c/o Adrienne Bellis
901 W. San Mateo Rd., Suite X, Santa Fe, NM 87505
*Memo line: Alexa Capareda
Alexa was born in the Philippines, where she began training in classical ballet at Ballet Regina, following the Royal Academy of Dance vocational graded syllabus. She then attended the Philippine High School for the Arts on scholarship as a ballet major for 2 years and attended summer programs at Ballet Philippines. Upon moving to the US in 2005, she continued taking ballet classes at various studios near her home in College Station, Texas and participated in dance conventions. Her professional dance training took off at age 16 when she was invited into the Ballet Austin trainee program in 2007. Alexa trained under artistic director Stephen Mills and associate artistic director Michelle Martin for three seasons, during which time she had the opportunity to perform with the company in Stephen Mills’ “The Nutcracker, “Firebird,” and “Coppelia”, in addition to various outreach performances. She also performed in original classical and contemporary works during annual showcases of the Ballet Austin Academy’s professional division. Concurrent with her dance traineeship, Alexa attended the University of Texas as a part-time student in the College of Liberal Arts and was a substitute teacher at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School for classes in teen/adult Contemporary/Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Alexa attended the dance study program of the Ecole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montreal in Canada, under the directorship of Anik Bissonnette, where she trained under internationally-renowned classical and contemporary artists and performed with Le Jeune Ballet du Quebec in works by Gioconda Barbuto, Shaun Hansell, and Jean-Louis Morin. In that same year, she performed as a guest soloist with Montreal’s Ballet Ouest in their production of “The Nutcracker”.
In 2011, Alexa joined Mario Radacovsky’s newly formed contemporary company, Balet Bratislava, in Slovakia, as one of 16 original company members. Aside from working with Radacovsky on the company’s repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary works, Alexa had the privilege of performing Jiří Kylián’s “Falling Angels” and “Six Dances” and creations by Libor Vaculik, Sarka Ondrisova, and Ján Ďurovčík.
Alexa furthered her training in dance and choreography through participating in summer programs including Springboard Danse Montreal, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Summer Intensive, and Northwest Dance Project’s Launch. Shortly before leaving Balet Bratislava, Alexa won 3rd place in the 2013 Festival of Choreographic Miniatures choreography competition held in Belgrade, Serbia.
Alexa returned to Austin in the fall of 2013 to resume her studies at UT and start a career as a freelance dancer and dance instructor. She is excited to begin working alongside the artists of ARCOS Dance this season.