Alexander MacDonald

PROFILE

  • Highly accomplished tap dancer, singer, guitarist, and songwriter
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills; detail-oriented; strong work ethic
  • Patient and intuitive teacher; engaging and effective leader
  • Exceptional dance researcher; keen interviewer; basic Labanotation skills
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Final Cut Pro, web-based research

EDUCATION

  • M.A., Ethnochroeology; University of Limerick, Ireland, 2013

                                    Overall GPA: 4.0; First Class Honors

  • Intensive Programme in Ethnochoreology and Dance Anthropology; NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, 2013  

                                     7.5 ECTS Credits

  • B.A., Musical Theatre; Minor in Dance, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, May 2008

                                     Overall GPA: 3.9; Dean’s List, President’s List, Summa cum Laude

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected peaker for TEDxFulbrightDublin at the Smock Alley Theatre, 2016
  • Invited Tap Program Participant at The School at Jacob's Pillow, 2014
  • Invited Performer at Berlin Fulbright Conference, 2013
  • Fulbright Student Award to Ireland, 2012-2013
  • Daryl Hanson Memorial Award in Musical Theatre, SUNY Geneseo, 2008

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Tap Dance Faculty, Steps on Broadway, New York, NY, July 2016-Present

  • Teaching professional and beginner level public classes

Tap Dance Instructor, Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA), Queens, NY, September 2013-Present

  • Teaching tap classes for children of all ages, technique and history
  • Choreographing group routines and leading rehearsals for recitals

Tap Dance Teaching Artist, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, New York, NY, February 2010 – Present

  • Tap teacher for AileyCamp NYC (Summer 2016)
  • Teaching tap classes of 30-40 children in public schools
  • Writing lesson plans in accordance with NYC dance education code
  • Choreographing pieces and leading rehearsals; planning performances with school administrations
  • Performing in P.L.D. (Performance Lecture Demonstration) assemblies during school time

Tap Dance Lecturer, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Ireland, October 2012 – May 2013

  • Taught tap technique to students in the BA Irish Music and Dance and BA Voice and Dance programs
  • Taught tap technique to students in the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance program

 Substitute Tap Dance Instructor, Queens College, Queens, NY, Spring Semester 2016

  • Taught technique in absence of professor for undergraduate students enrolled in Tap 1 and Tap 2

Teaching Assistant, Dance History I, SUNY Geneseo, September 2007 to December 2008

  • Graded papers; lead group discussions; lectured several classes; demonstrated/taught cultural dances
  • Held review sessions for exams; operated laptop projection equipment for presentations

 

PERFORMANCE AND DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

Tap Dancer, Postmodern Jukebox, New York, NY, November 2013 – Present

  • Tap dance soloist and tap choreographer for popular vintage jazz band
  • Performance highlights: NYC's Best Buy Theater, New York City Center; LA's Hyde Sunset (performance residency); The Streamy Awards 2014
  • Sold out tours of North America and Europe 2014; Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia (Fall 2016)
  • Music albums: Historical Misappropriation 2014, Twist is the New Twerk 2014 (Top 10 of Jazz Billboard charts)
  • YouTube Videos: Just Dance (3+ million views), Wiggle (4+ million views), Straight Up (1.9 million views)

Tap Dancer, Inside/Out Series - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA, July 2014

  • Ensemble tap dancer in outdoor performance series at prestigious dance festival
  • Performed the choreography of leaders in the tap field - Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith, Nicholas Young, Dianne Walker, and Sam Weber

Performer, Tim and the Space Cadets, New York, NY, October 2010 – Present

  • Tap dancer, guitarist, singer, ‘hype-man’ in rock band for children
  • Performance highlights: NYC’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Intrepid, Symphony Space; D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum; Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013
  • Music albums: Anthems for Adventure 2013, Home 2015 (winner of the Grammy Award for Best Children's Album)
  • Music videos: 2nd Grade Show, Rainy Days 2012

Tap Dancer/Dance Captain, CPD Plus (Cats Paying Dues), New York, NY, September 2009 – Present

  • Member of a professional tap dance repertory company; performing the work of leading tap choreographer, Andrew J. Nemr
  • Assisting director in teaching of repertoire and leading of rehearsals
  • Performance highlights: NYC’s Town Hall, Symphony Space, Webster Hall, 92nd St. Y, Riverside Theatre; TED Fellows Retreat in Carmel, CA; National TV - Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon 2010

 Performer, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), New York, NY, July 2012

Assistant Director, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Meredith, NH, November 2008   

  • Assistant Director, Dance Captain, and performer for a production of High School Musical
  • Lead rehearsals in absence of director; coordinated technical rehearsals; created some choreography

Performer, Interlakes Summer Theatre, Meredith, NH, June 2008 to August 2008

  • Performed various roles in summer stock productions; choreographed and performed in cabaret variety show