Merceditas Mañago-Alexander is a dancer, based In New York since 1986, originally from Manila, Philippines. She was a featured ballet/modern dancer in the national ballet company, Ballet Philippines and represented her country at the 3rd International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She moved to NYC to dance with Feld Ballet, and began to broaden her awareness to include the exciting world of modern/contemporary dance. She danced with Ballet Hispanico, Elisa Monte, Pepatian, and spent 5 years with Doug Varone and Dancers. She has taught at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, 92nd St.Y, Marymount College in Manhattan, Hollins College, VA and is currently on the Dance Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and The New School/Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Merceditas has attended Klez Kanada and Klez Kamp almost every year for the past 11 years, with her husband, Aaron Alexander, and assisted Steve Weintraub and Felix Fibich a number of times in their classes. She has also been in attendance at the Yiddish Summer Weimar and the Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture in Poland.