Alexis Staley

From her hometown in Maryland, Alexis Staley could see that the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance program at Dominican is where she wanted and needed to be.

“The philosophy of the dance program focuses on helping individuals learn to express their unique artistic voice, and students get the chance to work with a leading choreographer in the contemporary dance world,” Alexis says. “The approach to dance training and the opportunities we have here at Dominican are unparalleled.”

During her time at Dominican, Alexis traveled throughout Latin America with the non-profit organization Juntos, a dance outreach project created by a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham program. Dancers from the Dominican/LINES BFA traveled with BFA students from the Ailey School, SUNY Purchase, and Boston Conservatory offering free performances and dance classes in communities that traditionally do not have access to such things.

“We performed and taught workshops in unconventional places such as community centers, schools, and orphanages. My experiences with Juntos have shown me how dance can positively impact the lives of people in diverse communities.”

Alexis, who minored in Women and Gender Studies, also praised Gay Lynch, associate professor of Religion and Philosophy, for her support and belief. Alexis wants to pursue a post-graduate career that focuses on sharing the joy she finds through artistic expression with others. That journey begins June 1 when Alexis performs in the San Francisco Opera production of “Showboat” at War Memorial Opera House through July 2 before beginning an apprenticeship with River North Dance in Chicago.

Her well-rounded Dominican experience has prepared her.

“My teachers have been really supportive and nurtured my intellectual growth,” Alexis says. “They are genuinely interested in helping students reach their potential, and they make themselves available. It creates a sense of community, which I think I may have missed at a larger university.”

As a senior, Alexis was involved in dance projects and showcases as a performer and choreographer. It afforded her a glimpse of the professional dance world.

“It was like stepping into the role our teachers have played for the last four years: motivating, inspiring, leading, bringing out the best in our peers, and finding the silver lining in the challenges that came up. It was a process of realizing how much I had absorbed and grown over my years here,” Alexis says. “I felt like I had something valuable to share with my peers and with the community who came to see the performances, and my time at Dominican has helped me uncover that unique ‘something’ I have to share with the world.”