Alexis Kamitses is a dance and movement educator and performer living in Burlington Vermont. Alexis has a BA in Biology, Environmental Studies, and Dance, from Oberlin College, a Masters in Teaching from The University of Vermont and is completing her MFA in Dance from MSU in 2020. She holds teaching licenses in Science and Dance for Secondary Education and currently runs a dance program for high school students at BFA in St. Albans. Alexis teaches dance technique in modern, jazz, hip hop, West African, and Latin dance forms as well as skills in improvisation and choreography. Her teaching incorporates yoga, pilates, and other mindfulness and somatic practices. Alexis uses dance and movement to promote body awareness and health, self-esteem, and collaboration. Alexis has worked with students of all ages and abilities from K-12 as well as adults. Alexis has trained in arts integration and is currently investigating dance technology and dance film through her MFA at Montclair State University.
As an educator, she has a passion for integrating movement learning strategies to support student achievement in areas such as math, science, literature, and social studies and helped design a teacher training program to help classroom teachers integrate movement and dance into their curriculum. Alexis has a passion for working with dance and multicultural themes and has traveled and studied dance around the world including Spain, France, Senegal, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. As a lifelong learner herself she believes that dance can be a gateway to expanding learning throughout one's lifetime, no matter what the learning challenges of the individual. Dance can be a gateway to integrating segregated communities, building awareness, cooperation, and collaborative practices, and bringing joy into exercise.