Whitney Alexander was raised in Brazoria, Texas, and started dancing at the age of 2. Being raised in a ranching and farming family, no one ever thought dance would stick, but it sure did! She soon started taking two classes a week because she would cry to go to dance. In 1995, she performed at the half-time show at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Realizing that dance wasn’t just something to pass the time, her parents started commuting to Houston each day for her to attend Progressions Performing Arts, which housed the award winning American Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Cece White.
While there Whitney won numerous scholarships, including 2 weeks to train at the Edge Studio in Los Angeles. In 2012-2015 she performed in “Mickeys’ Magical Gathering” at Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston. This was a highlight for her as she was able to perform alongside professional Walt Disney World dancers and characters.
At 15, she auditioned for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and was accepted as an intern to their professional dance company. Here Whitney trained with Marlana Walsh-Doyle, Kiki Lucas, Robert Battle, Priscilla Nathan Murphy, jhon r. stronks, and countless others. She learned invaluable lessons while training and performing with the Met.
Whitney received a dance and academic scholarship to West Texas A&M University, in Canyon, Texas, in 2008. While there she trained under Leslie Williams, Edward Truitt and Crystal Bertrand. In 2009, she was featured in “Our Trouble,” choreographed by Travis Prokop, which was selected to be performed in the gala at American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA). In that same year she was hired as a dancer in “TEXAS!”, the outdoor musical in Palo Duro Canyon. Whitney graduated in 2010 magna cum laude and as a member of Mortar Board. Her own piece, “Mary,” was selected to be performed at ACDFA in 2011.
Upon graduation she auditioned and was offered a dancer position for “The Lost Colony” in Manteo, North Carolina. While spending her summer there, she choreographed for a showcase and stage-managed several shows.
In 2013, Whitney moved to Austin where she taught full time at Alisa’s Dance Academy and was the Toddler Dance Program Director. Several of her dances that she choreographed received choreography awards and placed first in their category. While in Austin she received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification and is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Whitney is very excited to start this new adventure in Coleman! She hopes to bring the love of dance to all and to inspire the youth of Coleman.