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Alessandra James

Alessandra trained with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre under the direction of Lisa Sheppard. She also trained with Stanislav Issaev and went on to compete in the Premio Roma International Ballet Competition where she received third prize and the Grishko Prize for Charm and Elegance. Alessandra danced with Colorado Ballet for one season before joining Charlotte Ballet II and later, the main company. In 2008, after six years with Charlotte Ballet, Alessandra moved to Madrid, Spain, where she danced with the Victor Ullate Ballet. Alessandra has performed in George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Who Cares?; Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and The Golden Section; and as Mina in Mark Godden’s Dracula. She received a Princess Grace Award in 2005.

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Dancing Since: Age 3
  • Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 13
  • Favorite local hangout: Bakersfield
  • Goal as a professional dancer: To inspire people
  • Favorite fairytale: Sleeping Beauty because I love, love, love that ballet!
  • Advice for aspiring dancers: “Be you! Be inspired by others, but be the best YOU can be.”
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Are you ready for audition season? Take it from us- our company dancers have been through many auditions in their careers, and they want to share their tips with YOU to make sure you rock your audition!

1. Treat it like a normal class


Drew Grant | 2nd Season

“Don’t be late and make sure to pick appropriate attire. Remind yourself that it’s just class, the same you take everyday, enjoy it!”

Lexi Johnson | 2nd Season

“When you go into the audition, try to let go of your nervous energy and treat it like a normal technique class. Try your best to relax, stay focused and show the teacher how much you enjoy dancing. No matter the outcome, the experience of auditioning teaches you a lot, so it’s rewarding either way!”

2. Be in performance Mode


Claire Hutchinson | Second company, 2nd Season

“Don’t watch the other dancers. An audition is like a performance, so stay in performance mode and try not to get distracted. It will also be easier to dance your best if you are enjoying yourself. So have fun!”

3. Dress to impress and show your confidence


Sarah Hayes Harkins | 10th Season

“Don’t be afraid to register early and get up front!! Wear something noticeable and pretty in your hair, but also don’t over do it.  Pay close attention to details of the combinations, do it exactly how it is demonstrated to the best of your ability.”

Elizabeth Truell | 3rd Season

Dress to make yourself feel confident and beautiful. You should go in the front and don’t be afraid to show yourself. Most importantly, just enjoy dancing and show them your passion.”

Sarah Lapointe | 3rd Season

“Always present yourself as well put together and organized. This will show your professional attitude and bring an impeccable look to every audition you attend!”

4. Show why you love it


Anson Zwingelberg | 1st Season

“It’s important to remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that what will make you unique and one of a kind.”

5. Don’t judge yourself


Colby Foss | 1st Season

“My teacher in college, Mr. Clouser, always said, ‘learn everything, judge nothing,’ and I stand by that.”

Put these tips to use!

Visit our 2018 National Audition Tour to Pre-register today!