As part of the Program in Dance’s fall 2019 co-curricular dance offerings, Alexandra Damiani leads a Contemporary Practices class. The Contemporary Practices class series explores varied techniques and approaches to contemporary dance. With a curriculum of rotating guest teachers, the course challenges students to widen their understanding of contemporary dance through physical exploration.

The Program in Dance offers weekly, drop-in co-curricular courses where members of the University community can train with professionals. Classes are FREE and open to all Princeton University students, alumni, faculty, and staff. No prior dance or movement experience needed.

No advance registration required; participants will be asked to sign in and show Princeton University ID. Participants may leave class early if needed.

These classes are not open to the general public.



Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Alexandra Damiani is a French choreographer, artistic director and movement specialist based in New York City. She is a former dancer with Complexions, Donald Byrd/The Group and Ballet Jazz of Montréal, among others.

Her choreographic works have been performed in New York, NY, Richmond, VA and Pittsburgh, PA to critical acclaims. She also brought her expertise to numerous commercials and film projects, including Bloch, Colgate, Warby Parker, Black Swan and Adjustment Bureau. Damiani most recently worked with Tanisha Scott on the 2019 BET awards performance of Cardi B. 

Damiani was the artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. During her decade-long tenure, she worked alongside and curated works by the most sought after contemporary dance choreographers in the world such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite and Hofesch Schechter.

Damiani is frequently invited to re-stage the work of Crystal Pite and conduct master classes around the world. She teaches movement for the Actors Studio Drama School, graduate program at Pace University and also for the Commercial Dance program. Since 2015, she is the artistic director of the NYCDA produced winter dance intensive presented at the Juilliard studios. Damiani directed with Matthew Neenan the 2019 Contemporary Ballet summer program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow, MA.

Damiani is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist from the Dantao school and the Institute Traditional Medicine (Toronto, CA). She is a passionate teacher of Qigong and Taiji under the guidance of Sat Chuen Hon.

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