Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton and executive leadership of Jason D. Palmquist, announces today its new Director of Artist Training, Alexandra Wells, Founder and Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montreal.
Wells comes to Hubbard Street from 18 years at the Julliard School and 16 years at Springboard Danse Montreal, an international destination for world-renowned companies, emerging choreographers and dancers created by Wells and former General Director, Susan Alexander in 2001. Springboard Danse Montreal has provided networking and career-building opportunities for the dance community that is unparalleled.
Starting in September, Wells will join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Artistic staff, managing Hubbard Street’s artist training programs including its new Professional Training Program (PTP), a two year program for dancers seeking serious, professional-level training in conjunction with one of today’s leading forces in contemporary dance, which begins its inaugural program in the fall of 2017. Auditions for the PTP Inaugural program will be held April 30 from 1–4pm at the Hubbard Street Dance Center.
Wells was a full-time faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York City for 18 years teaching various levels of ballet and pointe. She also served as a rehearsal director, as well as an advisor, mentor, and Colloquium facilitator for students in all artistic disciplines. In 2009, she created the Movement Invention Project, a New York Summer Intensive with the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble and NJDTE Artistic Director, Nancy Turano. This project was developed for advanced dancers 18-22 years old to encourage risk-taking and continues to push the limits of young professionals. Wells has been a guest teacher for many companies including: BJM Danse Montréal, Ballet BC, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, A.I.M. Abraham in Motion, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and is currently on faculty at SUNY Purchase.
During her time as a Principal dancer with the Ballet National de Nancy, Wells toured the world and formed lasting partnerships with the late Rudolf Nureyev for six years and Patrick Dupont for four. She danced leading roles in the classics as well as the ballets of Balanchine, Fokine, Nijinsky, Lifar, Culberg, Bejart, DeMille, Neumier, Kylián, Van Manen, Limon, Christy, and Dove.
Says Alexandra Wells: I am thrilled to have been offered the new position of Director of Artist Training for the new Professional Training Program; I would like to thank the family at Hubbard Street for this opportunity to create a vision for training that is focused on answering the physical and artistic needs of the company, the pre-professional dancers as well as the youth and community of Chicago. I look forward to a fruitful and inspired collaboration with artistic leader Glenn Edgerton, the brilliant dancers of the company, and the stellar faculty and staff at Hubbard Street.
About Hubbard Street
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s core purpose is to bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, transform and change lives through the experience of dance. Celebrating Season 39 in 2016–17, under the artistic leadership of Glenn Edgerton, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent while presenting repertory by internationally recognized living artists. Hubbard Street has grown through the establishment of multiple platforms alongside the Lou Conte Dance Studio — now in its fifth decade of providing a wide range of public classes and pre-professional training — while extensive Youth, Education, Community, Adaptive Dance and Family Programs keep the organization deeply connected to its hometown. Visit hubbardstreetdance.comfor artist profiles, touring schedules, and much more.