Alexandra Nadal, 1943 - 2015
Born in the West Indies, Alexandra Nadal
received her initial training in Chicago from Russian emigre Andre Commiacoff and former Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet) soloists Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay.
Ms. Nadal has also been a member of the New York City Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Principal Dancer with Ballet de Monte Carlo under the patronage of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace, and a Principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
While with the Winnipeg Ballet, she
studied with Vera Volkova, who was the most internationally respected expert on and teacher of Vaganova technique long before this teaching method achieved the popularity it currently holds in the West.
In addition to performing many of the great 19th Century classics, Ms Nadal
has been coached in their ballets by choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Leonide Massine, Anton Dolin and Eliot Feld as well as performing the works of Balanchine, Bournanville, Jerome Robbins and Frederik Ashton.
was the recipient of the 1987 YWCA'S Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award.
was the Founder of Ballet Austin and the Ballet Austin Academy
, sharing this achievement with Co Founder, Eugene Slavin.
The two also shared the role of Artistic Director for Ballet Austin
and its predecessor - Austin Civic Ballet - for 17 years, from 1972 to 1989.
were inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
in 2009, in recognition of their creation and artistic direction of the first and only professional ballet company in Austin, Texas: Ballet Austin