Alexandrous (Alex) Ballard brings 40+ years of experience as a mover to his teachings.
He is a master teacher of Cecchetti-style Ballet, becoming a professional ballet dancer at the age of 17 after beginning his ballet training at age 7 in New Zealand. He had a 35+ year career as a professional ballet dancer in companies across the USA and Europe. In addition to performing principal roles with Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theater, he was Faculty at the School of Oregon Ballet Theater and at the Portland Ballet where his Mens Program continues to this day. In 2011, he was appointed Ballet Master for Canada’s Alberta Ballet.
He trained in the FM Alexander Technique at the Oregon Center for the Alexander Technique, graduating in 2003 and has maintained a teaching practice since.
Alex Ballard was introduced to GYROTONIC® exercise in New York City during the late 1980s and reintroduced to the method while living and working in Canada. After stepping down from his position there, he returned to Portland Where he completed his pretraining with Erin Munoz and then went on to complete the Foundation Course with master trainer Emma Kingston. He is also certified in the Jump and Stretch Board specialized equipment with master trainer Karen Mullen.
Alex has a lifelong interest in the martial arts and at different times has studied Judo, Okinawan Karate, and Aikikai style Aikido. Currently he trains at River City Warriors in Escrima/JKD, Muy Thai and Brazilian Jui Jitsu. In his spare time he plays classical and finger style guitar and is an amateur dance photographer and avid cook.
As a teacher he has a particular passion for the neurological, physical, and psychological manifestations of flow, poise, and ease during exercise that can be extended to every day, non-athletic activities.