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Stella Abrera

South Pasadena, California

Joined ABT 1996 / Principal since 2015


Stella Abrera, of South Pasadena, California, began her studies with Philip and Charles Fuller and Cynthia Young at Le Studio in Pasadena. She continued her studies with Lorna Diamond and Patricia Hoffman at the West Coast Ballet Theatre in San Diego. She also spent three years studying the Royal Academy of Dancing method with Joan and Monica Halliday at the Halliday Dance Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Abrera joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and was appointed a Soloist in 2001. She was promoted to Principal Dancer in August 2015.

Abrera received the Gold Medal at the Royal Academy of Dancing’s Adeline Genée Awards in London in 1995.

Ms. Abrera’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Mary Jo and Ted Shen.




Joined ABT as Apprentice January 1996


Joined Corps de Ballet May 1996


Promoted to Soloist August 2001


Promoted to Principal Dancer August 2015

Stella  Abrera

Stella Abrera in Whipped Cream. Photo: Gene Schiavone