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Alexander Charles

Dancer, Athlete.

Age: 19

United States

Published portfolio

480 since Aug 29, 2018

Bio:

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...

Dancing

Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood

National Honor Society of Dance Arts 2016, 2017

Hobbies / interests

Along with dancing, Alex has been a competitive Swimmer and triathlete. He has also done many long distance open water swims including swimming around the Statue of Liberty when he was 13 and holding the record for the men's 19 and under division. He is also an accomplished flutist and pianist.

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