LENAI ALEXIS WILKERSON hails from Washington, D.C. where she attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, under the direction of Norma Pera. Lenai graduated from the inaugural class at University of Southern California as a Glorya Kaufman scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduation, Lenai became a company artist with Ballet Hispánico, where she toured internationally for three seasons. With the company, she had the pleasure of delving deeper into community engagement opportunities and has taught youth at institutions around the world.
Additionally, she has assisted Patrick Corbin in setting a Paul Taylor work for Miami City Ballet. Lenai has performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Martha Graham, Barak Marshall, Azure Barton, Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, d.Sabela Grimes, and Dwight Rhoden. Additionally, she has trained seasonally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bolshoi Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell. She is one of the seven 2016-17 dance scholars to be awarded a scholarship from Nigel Lythgoe’s DizzyFeet Foundation. Lenai is excited to be joining Cincinnati Ballet this coming fall.