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Heléne Alexopoulos was personally selected by George Balanchine, the legendary 20th Century choreographer and co-founder of the New York City Ballet, to join his company where she rose to the rank of Principal Dancer and enjoyed a career that spanned 25 years. Ms. Alexopoulos received her early training in Chicago and was the protégé of world renowned ballerina Maria Tallchief. Accepted by both Harvard University and the School of American Ballet, she chose the ballet. Upon joining NYCB she performed principal roles in Balanchine masterpieces, including Serenade, Prodigal Son, Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Jewels, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Agon to name but a few. She was also guided by NYCB’s other chorographic genius, Jerome Robbins. Robbins created roles for her in Glass Pieces and Antique Epigraphs and cast her to perform principal roles in numerous of his other ballets, including West Side Story, Afternoon of a Faun, I’m Old Fashioned, Dances at a Gathering, The Four Seasons and In the Night. Additionally William Forsythe, Ulysses Dove, Peter Martins, Lynne Taylor Corbett, Ib Anderson, Richard Move, and Robert La Fosse have all created original roles for her. Ms. Alexopoulos has performed with the NYCB and as a guest artist is cities all over the world and has appeared in numerous television productions, including Dance in America, Live from Lincoln Center and Live from Studio 8H as well as feature films and documentaries, including Slow Dancing in the Big City, The Nutcracker, and Suzanne Farrell; Elusive Muse. Peter Martins chose her to appear in The New York City Ballet Workout video and book. She has received the Jerome Robbins Award, a Commendation from the City of New York, Columbia University and The Elios Society for her achievement in the Performing Arts and served as an Adjunct Professor of Dance for Barnard College. In 2014 Ms. Alexopoulos was appointed to the Arts Advisory Board of The Princess Grace Foundation.