Born in South Pasadena, California, Stella Abrera 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 as well as trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing method for three years with Joan and Monica Halliday in Sydney, Australia. In 1995, she received the Gold Medal at the R.A.D.’s Adeline Genee Awards in London.
Ms. 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 in Cinderella, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Myrta and the Peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, the Violin ballerina in Symphonie Concertante, 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 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, Meadow, Petite Mort, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations, Seven Sonatas, Without Words, C to C (Close to Chuck), Polovtsian Dances, workwithinwork, Jabula, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, and many others. The list of choreographers Ms. Abrera has danced the works of includes Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Michael Fokine, William Forsythe, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Benjamin Millepied, Mark Morris, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, and Alexei Ratmansky.
Ms. Abrera has performed as a guest artist across the United States and Europe. She danced featured roles in the PBS Dance in America television broadcasts of The Dream and Swan Lake, and has been profiled in Point and Dance Magazine, appearing on the cover of both those publications.