Kirsten Avelar

Kiri Avelar is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at Rutgers University, and holds a B.A. in Dance with honors from New Mexico State University. Having studied as a scholarship recipient at the Boston Ballet School, and more extensively in New Mexico and Spain, her training includes ballet, Clásico Español, Latin American and Spanish folkloric forms, flamenco, jazz, and modern dance. She later performed with the Milwaukee Ballet, Cor Ignis in Mexico, Sol y Arena in New Mexico, and the American Bolero Dance Company in NYC. She is the Founding Director of the Academia de Ballet Emmanuel, an after-school program providing quality dance education for the children of Hogar de Niños Emmanuel Orphanage in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Throughout her career she has served on the dance faculties of New Mexico State University, Rutgers University, El Paso Community College (TX), Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (NJ), and as a teaching artist in both private and public schools. In 2011 she joined the faculty of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, where she currently serves as Associate School Director.