Corps de Ballet
Originally from Glens Falls, New York, Alexandra Hughes began her dance training at the age of four at the Dance Center of Queensbury in New York. She continued her training at the Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre under former Joffrey Ballet Principal Dancer Pamara Perry and also at the North Carolina School of the Arts. For four years, Ms. Hughes attended The School of American Ballet in New York City.
While at SAB, Ms. Hughes was chosen to perform a featured role in New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet member Justin Peck’s original ballet Tales of a Chinese Zodiac for the 10th Anniversary of New York Choreographic Institute’s Fall Workshop in November 2010. Additionally, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild chose Ms. Hughes to dance in his original ballet Soens Folk in the New York Choreographic Institute’s Spring Workshop in 2010. Ms. Hughes has also danced featured roles in the SAB Workshop performances of Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet and George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Who Cares?, and Allegro Brillante.
Ms. Hughes joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 2011-2012 Season and was promoted the Corps de Ballet for the 2012-2013 Season. She has performed in several works, including Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre), Matthew Neenan’s 11:11 and Shift to Minor, William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, In the middle, somewhat elevated, and The Second Detail, Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz, In G Major, and The Concert, Nicolo Fonte's Grace Action, Alexei Ratmansky's Jeu de Cartes, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, and Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove,as well as a principal role in John Butler’s Carmina Burana. Her Balanchine repertoire includes The Four Temperaments (Melancholic demi-soloist), Square Dance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Butterfly, Divertissement Corps), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Hot Chocolate, Marzipan), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Emeralds from Jewels (Pas de Trois), Serenade, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Allegro Brillante, and Raymonda Variations. Ms. Hughes created principal roles in Neenan’s At Various Points and Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental. In May 2014, she was featured in the nationwide PBS broadcast “Pennsylvania Ballet at 50” in Margo Sappington’s Under the Sun Pas de Deux.