Contemporary Modern (Horton Technique)
Originally from Beaumont, TX, Alex J. Gordon began his formal dance training at Washington University in St. Louis at age 19. Within his four years at the university Alex received his BA in architecture and minor in modern dance. "During my time at Wash U I also was asked to join The Slaughter Project, [a pre-professional dance company ran my Cecil Slaughter, the senior lecturer of dance at Wash U.] I soon found myself staying in Saint Louis through the summers dancing and guesting with local companies and performance artists [such Tom Brady, Atrek Dance Collective, Ashliance Dance Company, and USMALS dance department.]"
After graduating from Washington University in 2010 Alex attended ADF (The American Dance Festival) in North Carolina on a work-study scholarship. "ADF was my first summer program and it allowed me to use my architecture skills, dance and choreography skills, and theater skills all at the same time!" Right after the program Alex joined The Missouri Contemporary Ballet in Columbia, MO. In his first year as a trainee his piece, The Dirt BeNeath was chosen by Artisitc Director Karen Mareck Grundy to become a full length work to be featured in the upcoming show EVOKE in 2011.
Alex has designed and guested in Deeply Rooted Emerging Artist Showcase (2013-2014) and teaches Modern and Contemporary dance techniques throughout the Mid-West. "I hope to continue to increase my abilities in design, teaching, and dance until I am able to create my own dance theater company."
The class focuses on strengthening the core, flexibility of the spine and lower back and accessing the horizontal plane as well as the vertical. The center and across the floor exercises incorporate ballet and modern techniques that are later expanded upon in the contemporary combination at the end of class.