French Success Story: Carole Alexis, Ballet des Amériques [fr]
Founder and director of Ballet des Amériques, Carole Alexis is a highly acclaimed French-American choreographer, a gifted dance educator and pedagogue, and a multi-faceted innovator in the performing arts who began her wide-ranging career as a child prodigy.
At the age of 13, she was commissioned by Jean-Paul Césaire, Director of the SERMAC, a performing arts center created by Aimé Césaire, to choreograph her first major work for the Festival de Fort-de-France in Martinique, directing and creating original choreography for a company of dancers nearly twice her age, an event that drew much attention in the media. The success of this ballet led to many other projects, including the creation of a ballet in which she directed musicians, actors and dancers while still a teenager. Alexis was also invited to become the youngest student ever accepted to attend the prestigious Mudra School of Maurice Béjart, created by Béjart, Léopold Sédar Senghor and UNESCO in Dakar. She graduated with high honors and earned a professional degree in performing arts, when she was still younger than the normally required age for admittance to the school, and subsequently embarked on a journey of intense international study in dance and pedagogy while simultaneously forging an impressive professional career immersed in multiple fields of the performing arts.
Carole Alexis and her surging professional dance company Ballet des Amériques, founded in 2011, have garnered continuous press and television coverage, and both have received numerous awards, including official government proclamations honoring Ballet des Amériques as the “Best Ballet Company” and “Westchester’s Premier Dance Company.” The dance company completed nearly 100 public performances, including performances at their theater of residence, the historic Tarrytown Music Hall, the United Nations Headquarters, Florence Gould Hall, Festival de Fort-de-France in Martinique, and sold-out performances at the Emelin Theatre in New York.