Alexa Fioroni Slaughter, a native Oklahoman, received her formative training in classical ballet at the Paris Opera Ballet School in France from 1979 through 1985, and at the National Conservatory of Music of Paris in 1985/86. At age 11, she toured Japan for three months with the Paris Opera Ballet School. Her professional career started in her hometown as an apprentice with Ballet Oklahoma (present-day Oklahoma City Ballet). She was a Soloist and a Principal dancer for Ballet Oklahoma, Armitage Ballet of NY, Ballet Hawaii, and the Zurich Ballet. Alongside Gene Kelly in 1983, she acted as emcee for a gala performance in Paris aptly named “An American in Paris,” and in 1986 she collaborated with Prince in the South of France on the movie “Under the Cherry Moon” as well as his music video “Girls and Boys.” Shortly thereafter, Prince composed “Alexa de Paris” as an expression of gratitude. As the Assistant to the Director in 1991, she set Karole Armitage’s ballet “40 Guns: A Western Story” on Humbolt University Dance Majors, and competed that same year with Armitage at the International Choreographers’ Competition in Tokyo, where Armitage was first runner-up.
In 2002, Fioroni Slaughter received, magna cum laude, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from Oklahoma City University. From 2008 through 2010, she served Oklahoma City Ballet as the Company Coach. She earned her credentials as an ABT® Certified Teacher, successfully completing all levels, Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering, of the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive for the ABT® National Training Curriculum. In April 2018, she celebrated the eleventh anniversary of successfully owning and operating Oklahoma City Ballet Conservatory, located on Automobile Alley, Downtown Oklahoma City. Fioroni Slaughter teaches for the University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance and proudly joined The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School faculty in June 2016.