“Creativity is not just for artists. …Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.”Twyla Tharp
Alexis Branagan, Princeton Class of 2011, joined Princeton University Concerts in September 2022 after a 10-year dance career with New York Theatre Ballet. While at New York Theatre Ballet, she performed works by Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, José Límon, Pam Tanowitz, and Antony Tudor. She also performed in productions for Carnegie Hall, Public Theater’s Shakespeare in Central Park, opera, and television. Alongside her dance career, Alexis held senior-level positions in communications, marketing, and adult education programming at American Repertory Ballet, 92NY, the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center, and Literature to Life theater company. She has also developed a following as an adult beginner ballet instructor.
Alexis graduated from Princeton in 2011 with a degree in English and a certificate in Dance. While an undergraduate, she co-founded Princeton University Ballet and was the ensemble’s first Artistic Director. Alexis received awards from the Lewis Center for the Arts for summer funding, outstanding work in Dance, and outstanding senior thesis production. She is thrilled to be back at Princeton, supporting the mission and furthering the visibility of PUC alongside terrific colleagues.
“Students passionate about ballet used to tell me that they came to Princeton in part because of Princeton University Ballet. Now, I hear from students who are passionate about music that they came to Princeton in part because of the artists PUC brings to campus. It’s wonderful to continue to contribute to the cultural life of this institution and the broader community; it’s work that’s near and dear to my heart.”