COACH ALEXA STRUSS
Alexa recently moved to beautiful Steamboat Springs from Lafayette, Indiana, and is excited to share her deep-rooted passion for dance with her new home and Steamboat Springs High School! She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 5 and is experienced in many genres, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, modern, lyrical, musical theater, and pom. Her high school years were spent training and competing with the pre-professional company at Expressenz Dance Center. She was cast in the Nutcracker all four years, where she performed the Lead Angel and Lead Spanish roles while partnering with Butler University’s professional male leads. In college, Alexa was a member of the Purdue University Dance Team. She competed through the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and trained in contemporary, jazz, pom, and hip hop while performing at Big 10 football games and men’s basketball games.
While dancing is Alexa’s favorite pastime, teaching has also become an essential part of her life. For five years, she was an instructor and competition team coach at Studio b in Lafayette. As a result, she has won several 1st overall placements and special awards for her group and solo choreography. During Alexa’s last two years living in Lafayette, she was the head coach and director of Harrison High School’s advanced dance team program that competed through the state competition, IHSDTA.
With only being here a year, Alexa has jumped right into Steamboat’s growing adult dance community! She is a member of Steamboat Dance Theater and takes classes with Steamboat's Forty 106 Dance Project. She also teaches classes at Bella Movement Dance.
Alexa is a member of the National Dance Coaches Association (NDCA,) Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA), Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA,) and Colorado Spirit Coaches Association (CSCA) for the 2022-23 season. She is also CPR-certified through Red Cross.