Alexa Bender

Working with Francisco is a gift. He is a fantastic teacher, choreographer, and mentorwho desires nothing more than to share his passion and love for dance with others and to help lead younger dancers who desire to be great on a path to attain their goals. His teaching methods that focus heavily on the technical and strength aspects of Ballet without loss of artistry have shaped me into the more technically efficient and artistically open dancer I am today. Being in his works sparked a new level of dynamics and performance quality within me that fuels my desire to further engulf myself in this beautiful art form.

Alexa Bender
Dance Major, Class of 2018
California Institute of the Arts