Alexandra Chiapuris O'Donnell
ALEXANDRA CHIAPURIS O'DONNELL, A.R.A.D., graduated from the National Academy of Arts, a professional dance school, and then studied with Marika Besobrasova at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco, Monte Carlo. Alexandra has successfully completed the Advanced Executant Exam of the Royal Academy of Dancing. She subsequently danced with New York Theatre Ballet for several years. In 1997 Alexandra received a degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and has worked for Washtenaw County since 2002. She is married, with three sons.
CAMILLA CHIAPURIS, A.R.A.D.(Dip. PDTC 78) studied with Olga Preobrajenska in Paris and at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo School in NY. As a child she had started her training with Ludmilla Schollar and Mikhail Mordkin. She appeared as a soloist with the Baden State Ballet, the Oran Opera Ballet, and in NY at the Radio City Music Hall as well as in concerts and TV. She trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dancing and received a teaching diploma from the Professional Dancers' Teaching Course (1977-1978).
JOHN CHIAPURIS trained at the Ballet Russe School, the School of American Ballet, with Vincenzo Celli in NY and Rouseanne Sarkissian and Ana Ilic in Paris. He was soloist with the Baden Ballet, the Oran Opera Ballet, Marvin Gordon's Ballet Concepts, Radio City Music Hall, and in musicals and touring productions. He retired from dance at 34 and studied anthropology, receiving a PhD. from the University of Michigan. In 1997 both John and Camilla were given the Annie Award for Dance in the individual performing arts category from the Washtenaw Council for the Arts.
Fernando Gorab Leme
FERNANDO GORAB LEME is a Ph.D. student in Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. He began his ballet training as an adult at the Community School of Ballet with Camilla Chiapuris and Alexandra O'Donnell. He attends all of the open and syllabus classes and is preparing for the RAD Vocational Exams. In addition, Fernando demonstrates and assists with classes of all levels.