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Alexandra PinelI’m thrilled to welcome Dd’s newest contributor, Alexandra Pinel, a Parisian choreographer, dancer and arts administrator living in New York City.
Alexandra graduated from George Washington University, in DC, with a BA in Dance and Art History with honors. She was a recipient of the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Award for Innovation in Dance and a Luther Rice Research Fellowship to study dance in Berlin, Germany. Currently, she performs around the city with Movement of the People Dance Company and Amy Jacobus Projects.
In addition to her skills on the stage, Alexandra works at the Harkness Center For Dance Injuries and is a member of the Junior Committee of Dance/NYC. For Dd, she’ll be contributing pieces focusing on dancer health, performances in Manhattan, and dance advocacy.

1. Art: Performance or visual?  What place does art have in your life?

All of it, any that can awaken all of my senses.

2. Craft: Knit or Crochet or Other?  What is your craftiest project to date?

Illustrations! I’m a doodle gal always sketching while taking care of a million other things. I also love jewelry making and hope to open my etsy store some day.

3. Design: Classical or modern?  What designer or architect inspires you the most?

Modern, airy, minimalist that can lend itself to performances! Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is right on target for me.

4. Food: Salty or sweet?  Do you know how to make your favorite dish?

Salty! My father’s roasted chicken with thyme and rosemary is to die for, I’m hoping that I will be able to steal his recipe and blog about it soon.

5. Thought: Fiction or Nonfiction?  What form does the bulk of your own reading and/or writing take?

Non-fiction. My daily dose of literature comes from online news in the morning (Le Monde — oh yeah I’m actually French — The New York Times, BBC), magazines articles on a leisurely basis, and I am currently reading The Children From Banhoff Zoo before bed. My favorite book though is Just Kids by Patty Smith.

6. FUN:  Where in the world do you want to go or be stranded?  What five things would be in your bag?

I would love to be stranded in Capri, Italy and only bring a bag with an ipod to dance to, a journal (and a pen, sorry for cheating), some good sneakers to run on the beach in, a bathing suit, and a video camera to shoot a film!

Here’s to moving and shaking with Alexandra!

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.