Jennifer Alexander

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ALEXANDER _ Jennifer Carrie August 15, 1972 - December 2, 2007 With aching hearts and profound sadness Keith and Vanessa Alexander announce the passing of their daughter Jennifer, 35, in a car accident in New Jersey, December 1, 2007. Her husband Julio Bragado-Young, also a dancer at ABT, survived the accident with multiple injuries which may threaten his dancing career. They were married July 28, 2007, and were described as "ridiculously happy" together. Jen was born in Calgary, the sixth of our children. She moved with her family to Edmonton at age two where she attended schools through junior high, an excellent student. Jennifer wanted to be a ballet dancer from the time she saw a TV performance at age five. She progressed through each stage of learning with enthusiasm and determination, and as in life, she spread joy, wherever she was. Jen was such a blessing for her proud parents and family. As she progressed in ballet it became apparent she had potential at an early age. In several annual festivals in Edmonton she won gold medals and at age thirteen was awarded "dancer most likely to succeed" by an independent adjudicator. Jennifer succeeded beyond expectations as evidenced by her thirteen year career with American Ballet Theater, so many accolades from the ballet world, and the outpouring of love and respect from her colleagues at ABT in New York. Jennifer is survived by brother Rob Alexander (Diane) of Vancouver; Mark Alexander, Vancouver; Susan Alexander-Bowman (Jerry) of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Andrea Sehmel (Chris) of Olympia, Wash. Her brother Jonathan predeceased her in 2005. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews: Michael and Sydney, Rachel and Lily, Cole and Kyle and Luke and John. A celebration of Jennifer's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. at First Alliance Church, 12345 - 40 Street S.E., Calgary, on Friday, January 4, 2008. In place of flowers, contributions may be made to American Ballet Theater, Jennifer Alexander Memorial Fund, 890 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-1020 USA.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2007
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