Alexander Pandiscio, corps de ballet
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Ballet Workshop of New England
San Francisco Ballet School
Joined the Company
James in August Bournonville's La Sylphide
One defining moment…
Upon completion of my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to either attend Harvard University or train at the San Francisco Ballet School on scholarship. I chose to defer college and instead follow my dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Alexander Pandiscio was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but was raised in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He began his dance training at the age of five with Jacqueline Cronsberg at Ballet Workshop of New England. Mr. Pandiscio completed his last two years of training at the San Francisco Ballet School with Jorge Esquivel and Antonio Almenara. In 1995 and 1996, Mr. Pandiscio was one of five students nationwide to receive the American Ballet Theatre Coca-Cola National Scholarship, affording him the opportunity to continue training in his hometown and to attend the American Ballet Theatre New York Summer Intensive. Additionally, Mr. Pandiscio was an Arts Recognition Talent Search Awardee of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and a quarter finalist at the Prix de Lausanne in 2001. Prior to joining Houston Ballet, Mr. Pandiscio danced the role of a Russian Cossack with San Francisco Ballet in Lew Christiansen’s The Nutcracker and the Seguidilla and Fandango in Helgi Tomasson’s Don Quixote. His classical repertoire includes principal roles that he performed with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet, including James in Bournonville’s La Sylphide and featured roles in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie and Tarantella.