Alessandra Marconi’s range of talents has allowed her experiences that extend across many different fields of work. Well versed in both mind and body, Alessandra has built two career paths that spectacularly represent her adventurous nature to understand a little bit about everything. As both performer and journalist, Marconi splits her life into two professional ‘spaces’—as she calls them—that retain her sense of discipline and personal integrity.
Growing up in Trenton, Ohio, Ali’s professional ambitions kept her time occupied with school, dance classes, rehearsals and performances. Her professional performance career kicked off at the age of 13 when she was a featured dancer in the national commercial for Sega Toys’ “I-Dog”. Just a year later, Ali joined Exhale Dance Tribe, Cincinnati’s only contemporary jazz company. With the success and opportunity of the Tribe, led by founders Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard, Ali made her theater debut playing the role of “Scarlett” in the Know Theater of Cincinnati’s production of A Christmas Yet to Come. Shortly after, The Cincinnati Enquirer named Ali one of “Three to Watch” in the tri-state arts and entertainment community. In the winter of 2007, Ali won the Overture Awards Competition with a reward of $2,500 to contribute towards future dance education. She continued to gain theater experience with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater in A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing the role of “Cobweb”. Ali was also involved with the Cincinnati Ballet where she assisted choreographers Zimmer and Hubbard of Exhale Dance Tribe.
Alessandra’s other professional space is fueled by her intellectual vitality. Her interest in communications and media began in high school where she was offered a rare position at WLWT Channel 5 News, and NBC Affiliate station, as as a student reporter for high school sporting events. She is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, 2013, where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with minors in Journalism and French. During her undergrad years she was fortunate to gain experience from several internships in the fields of public relations, media production and editorial with companies including NBC Local Media, Space.NK Apothecary and New Dance Alliance. Involved in the school community, Ali maintained the position of co-president for two years of Marymount’s Soldiers of Hip Hop Club. She was also a regular contributor to the college’s newspaper, The Monitor. Alessandra Marconi was a name frequently found on the Dean’s List and was asked to present her sound-design work in the Communication department’s Comm Arts Showcase. As a senior, Ali was given a Sliver M award for her excellence in academics and leadership. She was also nominated as an honorary recipient of the Gold Key Award, given to mark notable progress and achievement overall within the Communication Arts department.
As a full-time student in NYC, Ali managed to maintain her presence within the dance and entertainment community by touring as a dance demonstrator with Joe Lanteri’s internationally acclaimed dance convention, New York City Dance Alliance. In addition, Ali worked in pre-production stages with Broadway choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler for shows including Bring it On: The Musical and FLY. Her first professional job was taken with Catapult Entertainment, an innovative shadow dance company widely remembered from a great run on America’s Got Talent. She debuted their first evening length show “Amazing Shadows” in Germany produced by Reset Productions on a three month-long tour. Following that Alessandra premiered another version of the show called “Magic Shadows” in Italy produced by Bags Entertainment, 2014.
After completing these tours, Alessandra was in New York for just a couple of weeks before being offered another contract. In the Spring of 2015 she lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while performing the role of “Ali” in iLuminate: Artist of Light at the Genting Highlands Resort. Founded by digital coder and former dancer, Miral Kotb, this show is an impressive collaboration of synchronized sound and light with the human body. Among a diverse and incredibly talented cast of dancers, this residency was a creatively and physically exhilarating time.
Since then, Alessandra has been blessed to have new writing and performing opportunities. She regularly contributes to Neocha Magazine of Shanghai, China and will begin taking courses in Script Writing from Gotham Writers, NYC. Performance wise, she premiered Crystal Pite’s Polaris at New York’s City Center in Lincoln Center’s White Light’s Festival. In between projects, she has continued to spend hours in-studio with Andy Blankenbuehler in preparation for his upcoming works.
In 2016, Alessandra continues to be an active member and teacher in the Hustle Dance community. She holds her own classes and jam sessions in order to promote learning the Hustle and inspire all people to embrace social dancing in their daily lives. Alessandra is also excited to be a creative associate with /A•Stir/ a collective that “offers radiantly diverse theatre makers a supportive framework in which to develop their work, investigate choreography as a blazing narrative device, and provoke new aesthetic collaborations through dialogue and tangible experimentation”.