Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis based dance artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She is in her first season as a mover with Black Label Movement (BLM) in addition to pursuing her own choreographic projects. This year she had the pleasure of assisting BLM’s Artistic Director, Carl Flink, on his new work Animal Velocity, originally commissioned for the James Sewell Ballet's Ballet Works Project.
Alexandra has self produced two full length shows and several smaller works. Her latest work, Something Pretty, is a physical exploration of the mental and emotional struggle that individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders are faced with on a daily basis. She has presented work multiple times in venues throughout Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and New York City, as well as in Durham NC, Athens OH and Columbus OH. Her work has been supported by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Mary Lipple Memorial Fund.
Alexandra began her formal training in ballet, jazz and tap at Benvin Dance Academy at the age of two. In 2000, she left BDA to study ballet with Leonid Lubarsky, former principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet, for several years. She attended summer programs at Point Park University (PA) and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet (PA), where she graduated from their College Preparatory Program in 2008.
In addition to her classical training, Alexandra has studied a wide range of ethnic dances. She began her training in Eastern European folk dance as a member of the North Hills Junior Tamburitzans, where she was taught by the renowned Željko Jergan for two years. She also danced with Slavjane Folk Ensemble (SFE), under the direction of Jack Poloka, for eight years. It was with SFE that she had the opportunity to travel abroad, to Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine in 2005.
At Ohio University, Alexandra successfully pursued a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography and a BA in French (2012). In 2010 she spent her spring semester in Avignon, France, training at the Conservatoire d’Avignon under Cyrille de la Barre. She also studied Ghanaian dance and drumming under the direction of Paschal Yao Younge and Zelma Badu Younge. She was a member of their group Azaguno African Dance Ensemble for two years, and had the opportunity to perform around Ohio and in Toronto, CA.
Alexandra has attended the Bates Dance Festival (ME) and American Dance Festival (NC) where she has had the opportunity to study and connect with a brilliant and eclectic array of dancers and teachers. She has also attended intensives with such companies as: Black Label Movement, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Mark Morris Dance Group. These experiences propel her to push artistic boundaries, and have influenced the philosophy and physicality she embodies as a dancer and choreographer.
Alexandra has worked with several companies in Pittsburgh, most notably Attack Theatre and STAYCEE PEARL dance project. She has also worked with Mark Conway Thompson with whom she originated the role of Predator in his 2016 work, Kimono. In 2012 she was cast in Bricolage’s STRATA, which became the basis for her first evening work, CONNOTATIONS: unknown (2014). In 2015 she presented Dance! From the Inside Out, a collaborative dance video project that premiered at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. It included an interactive activity and twelve site-specific performances that entertained and engaged upwards of two thousand unsuspecting passersby.