Alexandra Meister

Company Member since 2018

Alexandra Meister-Upleger, a native of Ohio, began training at Sharron’s School of Dance. She continued her ballet training under Ana Lobe and various teachers throughout northeast Ohio as well as summer programs at Nutmeg and Houston Ballet. In 2008, she was invited to join Nashville Ballet’s second company, NB2. In September of 2010 she was offered an apprentice contract, and in the same season was promoted to company member. This season she joins us for her first season at Grand Rapids Ballet.

During her time with Nashville Ballet she has performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Dracula and Cinderella. She has also performed leading roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian and Salvatore Aiello. She has had the pleasure of working with Christopher Wheeldon, Brian Enos, James Gregg, Anthony Krutzkamp, Darrell Moultrie, Gina Patterson, Sarah Slipper, James Sewell and Christopher Stuart.

In the summer of 2016, Mrs. Meister-Upleger represented the USA at the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. She and her partner, Nicolas Scheuer, performed Medora and the Slave from Le Corsaire. Previous competitions include the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition and the 2011 Boston International Ballet Competition.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

My new husband; he is patient, thoughtful, and always kind to everyone. He makes me want to be a better person and I wouldn’t mind for some of that patience to rub off on me.

What excites you creatively?

Working with choreographers and coaches.  I enjoy the process of listening to and watching them as they each have their own knowledge, passion, and experiences to share.  It’s what inspires me to stretch my body and mind beyond what I thought I could do.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?  

I don’t have one particular profession in mind, but in my next career I’m definitely going to be my own boss!

What is the best piece of dance advise you’ve ever received?

If you feel like you know everything and you aren’t open to learning anymore, it’s time for a change in scenery or career. A coach and mentor of mine told me this and it always reminds me that you have to be open minded to keep growing as an artist and technician.

What are your favorite roles? 

  • • Sechs Tanze, choreography by Jiri Kylian (2018)
  • • Principal, Western Symphony 4th Movement, choreography by George Balanchine (2018)
  • • Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop, The Nutcracker, choreography by Paul Vasterling
  • • Barbara Allen, Sergeant Early’s Dream, choreography by Christopher Bruce (2017)
  • • Dark Angel, Serenade, choreography George Balanchine (2015)
  • • Lucy, Dracula, choreography by Paul Vasterling (2015)
  • • Soloist, Postcards from the Boys, choreography by Sarah Slipper (2011)