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Alexandra Kalinine

Alexandra Kalinine is a dancer, actress, choreographer and teacher.
In 1993 she completed a State Diploma as a Contemporary Dance Teacher in her home country, France.
Since then she has worked with a variety of French theatre and dance companies and for the French State Education Department.

Alexandra entered Buddhism in 1998 within the Shambhala mandala. She has received teachings and empowerments from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and since 2000, from Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche.That very same year, Khenpo Rinpoche appointed Alexandra to be a Lüjong teacher.

The following year, at Khenpo Rinpoche’s request, Alexandra began studying Indian and Nepali dance, and in 2004 he appointed her as Dance Teacher to his sangha. At that time, Khenpo Rinpoche also took the unusual step of writing Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to recommend Alexandra as Dance Teacher for the Shambhala mandala of centers.


Since 2002 Alexandra has led dance workshops for students of Shambhala and Khenpo Rinpoche around the world. The dances she has created and taught include: Vajrayogini Dance, The Sixteen Emptinesses Dance, and The Twenty-one Taras Dance. In all these dances Alexandra blends together the dance forms of ancient India, the original source of the Vajrayana teachings, with modern dance techniques, to produce a unique experience of sacred performance in which, for many participants, the lineage blessings are tangibly present.






picture by Quenneville