Alexandra "Sasha" Gutman
Alexandra “Sasha” Gutman is originally from Austin, Texas and is an award-winning choreographer and a graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She is currently part of the Artistic Faculty of San Diego Danceworks and City Ballet School of San Diego where she specializes in teaching ballet and character dance. She began her training in Texas at age 9 with Terri Lynn Wright, Carol Davila, and Randal Marks among others. At age 13, she moved across the country to train at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory. She then went on to train at the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory where she had the opportunity to work with Alexei Tchernichov, Eleanor D’antuono, Victoria Mazzarelli, Joan Kunsch, Tim Melody, Kirk Peterson, and Denise Limoli. At age 16, Alexandra was hand-selected to join the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. There she trained in the class of Anna Leonova, Ludmilla Ermakova and Anna Antropova. After the successful completion of her first exam, Alexandra was chosen to join the graduating class skipping two years of training. After graduating early from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she returned to the states to teach classical and character dance for all levels at the Akhmedova Ballet Academy and had the opportunity to compete in numerous ballet competitions where she received 2nd place at Playa Del Carmen International Ballet Competition 2020, 1st place for both Classical Contemporary categories at National Ballet Competition 2021, and 3rd place at Washington DC Grand Prix.
Alexandra performed many roles including most recently as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, George Balanchine’s Le Baiser de la fee, First shade soloist and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Giselle in Act 2 pas de deux, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odile in Swan Lake, Medora in Le Corsaire, Dawn and Prayer in Coppelia, Myrta in Giselle, and Sugarplum in The Nutcracker among others.
Alexandra has always had a love for teaching ballet and has been teaching since 2016. She has also had the opportunity to teach character dance since 2019. Alexandra has been recognized for her choreography for classical and character dance. In her 2021 choreographic debut all three of her pieces tied for 1st place at YAGP, received two 1st place awards and a 3rd place award at Washington DC Grand Prix, 3rd place at National Ballet Competition, and qualified for YAGP finals and received top 12.