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Stella Abrera's Final ABT Season Was Cut Short, But She's Looking to the Future

Stella Abrera’s name (“stella” means “star” in Latin) proved prophetic in the final stretch of her 24-year career at American Ballet Theatre. Abrera joined ABT’s corps de ballet in 1996, was promoted to soloist in 2001 and, finally, after an uncommonly lengthy stretch, principal in 2015, making her the first Filipina American to reach the […]

Stella Abrera to Take on New Role as Artistic Director of Kaatsbaan

Yesterday, Kaatsbaan, the Tivoli, NY-based cultural park for dance, announced that Stella Abrera will join the organization as its new artistic director, effective January 1. This news come just weeks after we learned that Abrera will be taking her final bow with American Ballet Theatre in June. While we’ll miss seeing Abrera on the ABT […]

Stella Abrera to Retire from American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre announced today that, after 24 years, beloved principal dancer Stella Abrera will retire from the stage this coming summer. Her farewell performance will be June 13, 2020, at the Metropolitan Opera House, dancing the title role in Giselle. Giselle holds special significance for her. In 2015, Abrera, then a 37-year-old soloist, made […]

Working Out With Stella Abrera

In her first season as a principal at American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera experienced a kind of exhaustion she’d never known before. “For 14 years, I got used to gearing up to do one pas de deux or one solo, and I would usually feel fresh beforehand,” says 38-year-old Abrera, who was promoted in 2015. […]

Equal Time for Stella Abrera

Stella Abrera and Joseph Gorak in Ashton’s Cinderella, photo by MIRA There’s been plenty of hoopla over Misty Copeland’s promotion at American Ballet Theatre. Deservedly so. Misty has broken through a racial barrier in ballet and her Swan Lake was a triumph. It made the front page of The New York Times, it lit up Twitter and Facebook. Since her promotion […]

Stella Abrera: A Wild Woman in Grief

                  The very haughty Lady Capulet was performed Wednesday night by a dancer still in her prime: the gorgeous Stella Abrera. In MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet is a very proper woman. She cares more about pleasing her husband and society than tuning in to her […]

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30 Over 30: Dance Pros Who Prove Success Can Happen at Any Age

Maybe even more than most industries, the dance field is obsessed with youth. We fawn over prodigies, we love to predict the next big thing. Yes, Dance Magazine itself is 100 percent guilty of this, with features like “25 to Watch” and On the Rise. But just because a performing career can be short doesn’t […]

What It’s Like Working as an Asian American in Dance

“Asian American” is a term that is inadequate to capture the breadth of diversity and experience it seeks to represent. Just as “dance” is shorthand for an endless range of styles from jazz to Kuchipudi, “Asian American” encompasses a vastness of cultures ranging from Korean adoptees to South Indians living in the U.S. The Asian-American […]