2024-03-28
 
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Alexa Bender

Alexa Bender is a Canadian native and received her BFA degree in Dance Performance from Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) with a concentration in Modern Dance. She has been performing, teaching and choreographing in New York City since 2016. She has performed the works of Doug Varone, Aszure Barton, Kate Skarpetowska, Pascal Rioult, Alexandra Damiani, Norbert de la Cruz III, Adam Baruch, Anthony Morigerato, Sam Coren and more. From 2016 to 2020, Alexa was a collaborative company member with Bessie Award-winning company, Abby Z and the New Utility, performing across the United States at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, FUSEbox Festival, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston to name a few . Commercially, she has choreographed for KITTEN The Band's “Strange Embrace” music video and has performed for their live concerts. 

Bender has continued her artistic development abroad in Berlin (b12 Festival), Vienna (ImPulsTanz), London (Hofesh Shechter Company), Antwerp (Eastman/Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui), Havana (Cuba Canada Sports & Cultural Festival), Paris (Summer Dance Tour ), Lisbon (Dance World Cup), and Rome (Balletto di Calabria and LaChance Ballet). 

As an educator, she has taught on faculty at studios in Ontario and New York, teaching children and adults in the styles of contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, improvisation and hip hop. As a guest teacher, she has led workshops at FRESH Dance Intensive, TOES for Dance, and summer intensive classes at studios in Ontario, Alberta, New York and North Carolina. As well she has adjudicated dancers for 5.6.7.8. Showtime Dance Competition at different events across Canada.

Alexa now resides in Montreal, Quebec as a freelance dance artist where she recently participated in the BIG BANG residency program to create a new solo work. Currently, she is working as choreographer and movement artist on the production of a new funk-rock musical with La Compagnie du Grand Amour. 

Beyond dance, Alexa is a certified Pilates instructor and continues to teach and share her practice with her movement communities in New York, Canada and abroad.