Carole Alexis

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Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 55)
NationalityFrench-American
OccupationChoreographer

Carole Alexis (born 14 February 1966), is a French-American choreographer from Martinique.[1]

Biography

Carole Alexis began her training in classical ballet, modern dance and Afro-Caribbean dance at the age of 9 at SERMAC, a cultural center created by Aimé Césaire in Fort-de-France, Martinique.[2] At the age of 13, she was commissioned by Jean-Paul Césaire, Director of the SERMAC, to create and direct a choreography for the annual Festival de Fort-de-France, and in the same year she left for Dakar, Senegal to pursue her dance training at the Mudra Afrique school created by Maurice Béjart, Léopold Sédar Senghor with the support of UNESCO. The curriculum included classical ballet, African dance, modern and contemporary dance, music, including music theory and percussion, as well as theater and acting (Stanislavsky technique). After graduating with distinction, Alexis moved to Paris, where she continued training at the Académie de Danse de Paris and at the Golovine school, while launching her professional career, dancing and touring with companies such as the Rick Odums Dance Company, Compagnie du Corail, Ballets Jazz de Paris and Ebène Dance Company.[3][4][5]

After emigrating to the United States, Alexis choreographed and performed for Disney and the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, as well as in cultural events at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the United Nations Headquarters in New York.[6][7] Alexis was co-director of the Bronx Dance Academy, associate director of the Greenwich Ballet Academy, and in 2011 founded Ballet des Amériques School & Company Inc., a nonprofit organization comprising a professional dance company and pre-professional ballet conservatory.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Ballet des Amériques has performed the choreographies of Alexis extensively throughout the greater New York City area and created various dance series in regional theaters.[15][16][17][18][19] In 2020, Alexis returned to Martinique with Ballet des Amériques to perform her choreographies of Boléro, Of Flowers and Tears, Nos ici et d'ailleurs, Lentil Soup as well as Nutcracker Dream at the Tropiques Atrium theater in Fort-de-France.[20][21] In 2019, Alexis was awarded a grant from the French government - Support for the Associational Network of French Citizens Abroad (STAFE) - for a Manhattan premiere of Ballet des Amériques.[22]

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References

  1. Bétis, Daniel. "La chorégraphe martiniquaise Carole Alexis et son "ballet des Amériques" offrent un radieux parfum d'universalité". Martinique la 1ère (in French). France Televisions. Retrieved 29 August 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  2. Audibert-Champenois, Dorothée. "La martiniquaise Carole Alexis, dirige une prestigieuse Académie de danse aux USA". People Bò Kay (in French). People-Bokay.com. Retrieved 29 August 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  3. "Dancers". Centre International de Danse Rick Odums. Centre International de Danse Rick Odums. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. Gaspard, Annie. "Aujourd'hui la danse, un premier grand". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved 5 September 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  5. "La Danseuse d'ébène". Le Monde.fr (in français). 2002-10-19. ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  6. "The Transatlantic Slave Trade: 'Forever Free - Celebrating Emancipation' to Be Highlighted in Series of Activities at Headquarters". United Nations Meeting Coverage and Press Releases. New York, NY, USA: United Nations. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. Bétis, Daniel. "La chorégraphe martiniquaise Carole Alexis et son "ballet des Amériques" offrent un radieux parfum d'universalité". Martinique la 1ère (in French). France Televisions. Retrieved 29 August 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  8. "Ballet Des Ameriques School & Company Inc. (EIN: 45-2960043)". Charitably. Charitably, Inc. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. Muller, Caroline. "Ballet des Amériques : des petits rats à Port Chester". France-Amérique (in French). France-Amérique Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  10. Yager, Leslie (January 9, 2016). "Meet Carole Alexis, Director of Ballet des Amériques. What Makes Her Tick?". Greenwich Free Press. Greenwich Free Press. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  11. Smith, Eric. "CAROLE ALEXIS INSPIRATION-BALLET DES AMERIQUES-NEW YORK". MOVEYOURBODY. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  12. Courcy, Alwin (20 April 2017). "Une chorégraphe martiniquaise vit son American Dream" (in French). ViàATV. Retrieved 20 September 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  13. Marre, Cecile (29 December 2013). "Carole Alexis: Une danseuse à New York" (in French). france.tv Martinique 1ère. Retrieved 20 September 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  14. Vilo Rochefort, Jaimy-Lee (January–March 2018). "Une scène, une lumière, une danse. Carole Alexis et le Ballet des Amériques". Le Magazine Air France Outremer (in French and English). EWAG Média positif (18): 24–26. Retrieved 20 September 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  15. Gouveia, Georgette (1 October 2019). "On Their Toes". WAG Magazine. Dee DelBello. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  16. Cush, Emilie (4 October 2018). "Le ballet des Amériques mène la danse aux Westchester Wednesday Dance". French Morning. French Morning Media Group. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  17. Prolongeau, Clawdia (11 June 2015). ""Pierre et le loup" replonge Mamaroneck en enfance". French Morning (in French). French Morning Media Group. Retrieved 5 September 2020.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  18. Johnson, Robert (16 May 2017). "Westchester County Roundup - Carole Alexis". White Plains Community Media. White Plains, NY, USA: White Plains Community Media. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  19. Croke, Karen (5 January 2017). "State of the arts: Key trends in 2017". www.lohud.com USA TODAY NETWORK. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  20. Gonier, Leila (25 January 2020). "Le Ballet des Amériques, entre rêverie et passion". Le MAG FA Média Martinique (159): Cover, 4–7.
  21. Alpha, Jean-José (8 February 2020). "Danses : 2 soirées inoubliables à Tropiques Atrium". MADININ'ART Critiques culturelles de Martinique (in French). Madinin-art. Retrieved 20 September 2020. Mercredi 5 et vendredi 7 Fev, furent 2 soirées inoubliables à Tropiques Atrium. J’ai pu vivre la Danse dans ses meilleurs états, avec de très nombreux spectateurs, respectivement CASSE-NOISETTE – Le RÊVE DE MARIE, et des créations modernes et contemporaines de la CARTE BLANCHE donnée au BALLET DES AMERIQUES. Les créations chorégraphiques et la Direction générale sont de Carole Alexis, cette jeune martiniquaise basée à New York, issue du Sermac il y a plus de 40 ans.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  22. "Support for the Associational Network of French Citizens Abroad (STAFE): 4 projects selected from New York". France in New York Consulate General of France in New York. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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