Dance Festival: Stella Abrera

American Ballet Theatre

Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California, began her ballet training with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young. She continued her studies with Lorna Diamond and Patricia Hoffman in San Diego, California and then trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing method for three years with Joan and Monica Halliday in Sydney, Australia. In 1995, Abrera won the Gold Medal at the R.A.D.’s Adeline Genee Awards in London.

Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed to soloist in 2001. Her repertoire with ABT includes Cinderella and The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Myrta and the Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, the Ballerina in The Bright Stream, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, the Violin ballerina in Symphonie Concertante, the 1st movement ballerina in Symphony in C, the Girl in Afternoon of a Faun, Calliope in Apollo, the central ballerina in Birthday Offering, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Ballerina in Petrouchka, Driad Queen and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, the central pas de deux in The Leaves are Fading, the pas de deux in Meadow, the pas de deux in Jabula, the Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, the First Passerby in Fancy Free, Emilia in Othello, Hermia in The Dream, and the pas de trois in Swan Lake. She has performed leading roles in Les Sylphides, Ballet Imperial, In the Upper Room, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations, Seven Sonatas, Symphony #9, Without Words, Bach Partita, C to C (Close to Chuck), The Moor’s Pavane, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, workwithinwork, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, and many others. She has danced the works of choreographers such as Ashton, Balanchine, DeMille, Duato, Elo, Fokine, Forsythe, Graham, Kylian, Limon, Lubovitch, Macmillan, Millepied, Morris, Ratmansky, Robbins, Taylor, Tharp, and Tudor.

Abrera has performed as a guest artist across the United States and Europe. In 2011, she toured throughout New Zealand as a guest principal with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, performing Princess Aurora in the company’s world premiere of The Sleeping Beauty. She danced featured roles in the PBS Dance in America national broadcasts of The Dream and Swan Lake has been profiled in publications such as Pointe and Dance Magazine, where she appeared on the covers of the January 2004 and April 2010 issues.

Most recently Abrera and her husband, ABT soloist Sascha Radetsky, were named repetiteurs-in-training for the Antony Tudor Trust. Also, she had formed the organization STEPS FORWARD FOR THE PHILIPPINES, to help fund the building of a new school in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. more information