Stella Abrera – pioneering Filipina-American ballet star
The first Filipina performer to reach principal dance status in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera is a pioneering ballerina renowned for her poise, grace and regality. You can both buy and sell Stella Abrera tickets on StubHub.
American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer
Born in Manila in 1978, Stella Abrera, aged five moved to the United States with her parents and four older siblings shortly after she first began dancing. She experienced something of a nomadic childhood due to her father’s job as a civil engineer, however after training at Sydney’s Royal Academy of Dance they eventually settled in New York and she was accepted into the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. After serving her apprenticeship, Abrera was promoted to soloist in 2001. Her career was nearly destroyed in 2008 when she was diagnosed with a major injury to her sciatic nerve. Following two years of recovery, Abrera eventually bounced back and in 2015 she was promoted once more, this time to the role of the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer. This was the first time the company had seen a Filipina-born ballerina become a principal dance. A year later she took leading roles of the Queen of Shemakhan in "The Golden Cockerel", Maiden in "The Firebird" and Lise in "La Fille Mal Gardee", and appeared in Alexei Ratmansky’s "Symphony #9". Catch one of the ballet world’s most accomplished performers by booking your Stella Abrera tickets on StubHub.
Delicate but resilient
Having had to wait much longer than most to achieve her dreams of becoming the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer, at 37 she achieved this and clawed her way back from a potentially career-threatening injury to become fitter and stronger than ever. Stella Abrera isn’t just one of today’s most gifted ballerinas, she’s also one of the most resilient. This shines through in her performances, whether it’s breathing new life into "Sleeping Beauty’s" The Lilac Fairy, fulfilling her lifelong dream of portraying the tragic heroine in "Romeo and Juliet" or making the challenging routines of Giselle appear effortless, the latter of which is widely regarded as her finest hour. Critics have also praised her delicate strength, malleable facial expressions and natural ability to flit between pathos and humour through the expression of dance, with one of America’s largest newspapers describing her leading performance in "Giselle" as stylish, luminous and heartfelt. Check out the celebrated ballerina in all her graceful glory by purchasing your Stella Abrera tickets on StubHub.