Thursday, December 3, 2009

Alex Meraz

Alex Meraz of the Purepecha (Tarasco) First Nation of Michoacan, Mexico was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Working throughout the Phoenix area, Alex Meraz taught classes at schools and community centers in all aspects of art from mask making to break dancing. As a graduate of the New School for the Arts, Alex Meraz has since developed as a multi-faceted performer and artist. For 12 years, Alex Meraz competed in the world of mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and capoeira, which led him to train with Andy Cheng as a stuntman.

Highly sought after in the indigenous dance world, Alex Meraz has worked as a lead dancer with renowned choreographers Raoul Trujillo, Rulan Tangen and Santee Smith, to name a few. Alex Meraz is a founding member of Rulan Tangen's company, Dancing Earth. Alex Meraz's acclaim for his work with Dancing Earth earned him the honor of being hand-picked for a troupe selected to represent the United States in a performance for Jordan's royal family in Amman.

Alex Meraz's achievements in the performing arts world led to a role in Terrence Malick's film "The New World," starring Colin Farrell and Christian Bale.