Alessandra was raised in Atlanta, GA, but neither of her parents were raised there. Her mother is Panamanian, so Spanish was often spoken in her home. Yet, if you spend more than fifteen minutes with Alessandra, you’ll see that her time in the South has left its impression. She exudes Southern hospitality, always making sure that everyone in her presence is comfortable, happy, and never in need of anything.
Alessandra has been with NC Dance Theatre for seven seasons. She began her professional career at Colorado Ballet, but after sustaining an injury she chose to leave Denver for Charlotte. There she joined NC Dance Theatre, and in 2005, Artistic Director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, nominated her for the Princess Grace award. Alessandra won the award, which was presented to her by Prince Albert of Monaco. At the ceremony she also had the great pleasure of meeting Mikhail Baryshnikov. Alessandra left Dance Theatre briefly when an opportunity arose for her to dance in Madrid for a year. She had always wanted to experience living outside the United States and enjoyed her time there, but she knew she belonged in Charlotte. Jean-Pierre happily welcomed her back, and today Alessandra has perfected her dance technique. During filming of Strength and Beauty, she went to New York to dance Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux for a special performance honoring Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and this season she will be dancing the lead in Sleeping Beauty.