Alexis Zaccarello is a Texas-born choreographer and visual artist residing in Brooklyn with Italian, Mexican, and White roots. Her practice questions ideas of form through improvisation--a process born out of desire to deconstruct typically White ways of learning to dance. She has spent her life studying codified forms of dance, and has grown increasingly troubled by the limiting aesthetics and structural hierarchies that continue to pervade these forms.
Alexis’ background in dance is traditionally White and began at an early age. Growing up in a single parent home, she frequently stayed with extended family and first began attending dance classes because older cousins were doing so. Possessing rhythmic and coordinated sensibilities, she studied at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Texas, before completing high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She attended Boston Conservatory, and later Mount Holyoke College (anthropology/dance).
As a dance maker living in New York since 2010, Alexis has presented work at venues including Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Eden’s Expressway, Mount Holyoke College, and Marlboro College, among others. Alexis was an Andrew Mellon Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Performance Research in 2015 and 2018, as well as an Emerging AIR at The Field in 2012.