Alexis Petru is proud to have been an original member of San Pedro City Ballet. When an injury rendered her unable to pursue a professional dance career, she applied the discipline she learned in the studio to her other passions – sustainability and writing. At UC Berkeley, she graduated summa cum laude in cultural anthropology and founded a campus reuse center for secondhand office and school supplies. After college, Alexis coordinated environmental programs for various cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay area for seven years. Now she works as a journalist specializing in environmental issues and sustainability; her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Earth911.com, Patch.com and TriplePundit.com.
Alexis has always treasured her time with SPCB. Being a self-described “weird” teenage girl was difficult, but Cindy and Patrick fostered an environment where Alexis and her fellow dancers were allowed to express their individuality and creativity. The Company was a second family. Even though Alexis’ injuries prevent her from continuing intense ballet and modern training, she will always maintain a love of dance. She tries to dance whenever she can, even if it’s just in the living room with her toddler son, who has already learned to do an arabesque and a plié.