Born in Penrith, Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School and has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and New Movement Collective, of which he is a founder-member. Throughout his career he has worked with such choreographers as Rafael Bonachela, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Emanuel Gat, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Karole Armitage, Itsik Galili and Wayne McGregor.
Alexander is an Affiliate Choreographer with The Royal Ballet, a New Wave associate artist at Sadler's Wells Theatre and has an Associate Company position at Rambert's new South Bank building. Over the past three years he has participated in the Sadler's Wells Summer University choreographic course led by Jonathan Burrows. He has twice been nominated for the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship. Alexander has choreographed for The Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, as well as creating work for the Royal Opera House's Summer Collection and Exposure:Dance programmes. He has choreographed for the Discovery Channel with director Tim Meara, created Atelic, a short film, with Duckeye, collaborated with design artists Cohen Van Balen and is currently working with digital arts studio Marshmallow Laser Feast on The Measures Taken, a full-length work for his own company.