Born in Penrith, U.K. Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School. He joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2000 where his repertoire included Widow Simone in La Fille Mal Gardee and Kangaroo Rat in David Bintley's Still Life at the Penguin Café. He choreographed for two of BRB's workshop seasons.
Alexander joined Rambert Dance Company in August 2004 and whilst there worked with choreographers such as Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Javier de Frutos, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Karole Armitage, Itsik Galili and Mark Baldwin. He joined Michael Clark Company as a guest artist for its 2008 New York tour and has twice been nominated for the Critics' Circle National Dance awards. In 2010 he spent six months with Sydney Dance Company, creating work with Rafael Bonachela and Emanuel Gat before joining Wayne McGregorRandom Dance where he worked until the beginning of 2013.
Alexander choreographed five pieces for Rambert’s Seasons of New Choreography. In 2008 one of them - ‘Solo?’ was taken into Rambert's repertoire, being performed at Sadler’s Wells theatre and throughout the UK. He has also shown work at the Royal Opera House’s 2009 ‘Summer Collection’ and for the Royal Ballet’s Draft Works season in 2011 and 2013. His commissions include ‘Hertz’ for Wayne McGregorRandom Dance (2012), ‘Mythos/Logos’ for Exposure: Dance (2012) and ‘Expect/Transition’ for ArtsCross Taipei (2011), an event bringing together ResCen, Taipei National University of the Arts and Beijing Dance Academy. He was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation choreographic fellowship and is an Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet and a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells theatre. Alexander is also a member of New Movement Collective.
He has also choreographed for a Discovery Channel film, directed by Tim Meara, a short film with DuckEye and for Latitude Festival 2011. His recent collaborators include digital studio Marshmallow Laser Feast and design artists Cohen Van Balen. He has also currently studying for a B.A. hons in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with the Open University.