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Alexander Charles

Alex began dancing at the age of three by asking his mom for dance lessons after preschool one day. What started out as a way for him to spend more time with his friends, developed into a love of the art and a passion for being a professional dancer. One class a week led to two classes, which led to him dancing 30 hours a week by high school. The ballet bug hit hard, and he focused his training to the classical form. At 14 it was suggested that he take up pointe work to strengthen his ankles. He was used to being the only guy in dance classes, but being the only guy on pointe was often a new experience for not only the other dancers but for some of his teachers as well. To strengthen his technique, he began private instruction with Philip Martin-Nielson of Les Ballets Trockadero. This combination of training with his regular classes at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance in Connecticut made him the dancer he is today.

Alexander graduated high school a year early and entered the University of Hartford, The Hartt School of Dance to earn a BFA in Dance. He is currently a Freshman.

He is also part of the documentary "Danseur" by Scott Gormley which focuses on the different road male ballet dancers face dealing with bullying and homophobia. Alex's story of his experience navigating the dance world is explored along with a dozen or so dancers including James Whiteside. It is currently being released worldwide, and he is thrilled to be a part of such an inspiring project.

He has spent the last few summers at intensives in Nutmeg, CT and Chautauqua, NY under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux. Although this summer has him sidelined with a torn ligament in his ankle, he is keeping busy going back to one of his other passions - swimming. Alexander was a competitive swimmer for many years and was on various club teams, USA swim team and his high school varsity team. He excelled in long-distance swims and particularly open water swims. He swam around the Statue of Liberty at the age of 13 and is the record holder for the men's 19 and under division to this day. His next long-distance swim will be this September in the Hudson River for a distance of 2.2 miles to raise money for 9/11 First Responder families.

When not dancing or swimming, he can also be found playing the piano or flute. A true Renaissance man!