Alex and Katja

Alex and Katja (Chicago, IL) are former competitive ballroom dancers. Their achievements include titles of Professional national and world finalists, Dancers Cup Tour professional couple of the year awards and several wins in professional smooth, standard and showdance divisions. Since retiring from ballroom competitions Alex and Katja have continued to teach, perform, and learn many different dance styles ranging from ballroom to modern dance to contact improvisation. As part of their continued growth as artists, Alex and Katja are always striving to expand their dance and performance vocabulary into other forms and techniques. To reach these goals, they have recently begun collaborating with a wide range of other dancers, musicians, visual artists and film makers to create new performance art that melds all types of dancing, music and media together.
Their most recent accomplishments include: Appearing in "Meeting of Ballroom and Contact Improvisation" with contact improvisation artists Kirstie Simson and Tim O'Donnell; performing at Krannert Art Museum; performing "Heart at Low Tide 2", a piece by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, at several venues, including Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth Page Center for the Arts and the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre. They also co-choreographed and performed in the musical "My Fair Lady" staged by the Opera Department of the University of Illinois. Working independently, Alex and Katja also starred in a short dance film "Stay" which they choreographed.

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