KINGSFORD — The Dance Academy has two new educators for the 2020-21 season.
Alexandra Bourne of Manistee, Michigan, was hired as ballet director. She teaches all graduate ballet technique classes; pre-tip and tip; flexibility; professional ballet; junior dance, a jazz and lyrical combination class; competition teams; the pre-professional program; and a team of dancers participating in the world’s largest ballet competition, the Grand Prix Youth America. As a ballet director, she is also in charge of the production class which stages “Nutcracker” each fall – this year it features entirely original choreography – and a different classical production each spring.
Bourne spent many years at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet before transferring to and graduating from the Michigan Ballet Academy. After graduating from high school, she went to Alma College as a double major in Dance and English Language and Literature. While there, she was a member of the Alma College Dance Company and served as Marketing Director for Honorary Academic Dance. She has taken courses in dance pedagogy, choreography, dance history and more. She continued her studies at Ferris State University, where she graduated with full honors in May 2018.
Bourne has taught dance classes since she started college and has spent the past two years teaching at a studio in her hometown.
Alexandria Heide of Blackduck, Minnesota, leads several competitive teams, teaching the tap technique class, ballet, modern/contemporary, hip hop and the special needs class, Meghan’s Place. She also works at the new TDA site in Escanaba.
Heide graduated from Austin Peay State University last May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance with a concentration in Dance. While at Austin Peay, she served as president of the student-organized dance association and member of the performance ensemble, taught at a non-profit dance studio, and taught at Austin Peay as a student learning assistant and working with students with special needs.
Her choreography has been recognized by the American College Dance Association. She also won APSU’s Outstanding Senior in Dance award in May 2020. She was an active member of the Modern Love Dance Company.