Dancing with the Dance Theatre of Harlem for ten wonderful years was fulfilling for me as a professional ballet dancer. Besides touring internationally, and performing in legendary venues, I had the amazing experience of dancing in various works ranging from George Balanchine to Alvin Ailey. I was honored to dance with amazing artists and was grateful, as part of an ensemble, to share my love of dance with audiences. I would not have been able to experience that without establishing my ballet foundation at Berkeley City Ballet.

Berkeley City Ballet created a world for me that not only formed my discipline and proper technique, but also instilled in me the joy of dancing. Dedicated and nurturing teachers, such as Elizabeth Godfrey, helped me to realize the balance between the technicalities of steps and the fun behind doing choreography. I learned that steps are not just steps but physical extensions of a wondrous spectrum of emotions. To this day, I feel fondly, and have great memories, of my childhood at BCB. Not surprisingly, it also completely shapes the woman I am today.

Alexandra Jacob
Former Dance Theater of Harlem