Marcela Figueroa born in Santiago, Chile, Marcela moved to Caracas Venezuela when she was very young where she began her ballet studies at the The Gustavo Franklin School of Ballet. Upon graduating with honors in 1986, she began her career with the National Ballet of Caracas, under the direction of Vicente Nebrada. During this period Marcela became a principal dancer working with ballet masters Vladimir Issaev, Zane Wilson, Madame Nina Novak, and others, and performing leading roles in Swan Lake, Coppelia, Firebird, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Apollo, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, and many others. Recognized internationally as a very strong and expressive dancer, Marcela received a national award for “Best Interpretation of the Year” in the title role of the ballet George Sand, choreographed by Vicente Nebrada. Marcela also danced as principal with the Ballet Nacional de Venezuela, working with Irina Ivanova and Maestro Roumen Rachev.
After receiving her diploma as ballet teacher, choreographer and coach at the Ballet Ruso Irina Ivanova, Marcela moved to the United States in 1992, where she furthered her ballet studies with Wilhelm Burmann and danced with several companies including Connecticut Ballet (Brett Rafael,) Dance Galaxy (Judy Fugate and Medhi Bahiri,) Columbia City Ballet (William Starrett,) Pennsylvania Ballet Theater (Trinette Singleton), Omaha Theater Company Ballet (Robin Welch,) Montgomery Ballet (Priscilla Cromblin,) Western Ballet Theater of Puerto Rico (Nana Badrena,) Ballet Concierto of Puerto RIco (Lolita San Miguel,) and Dance Alive (Kim Tuttle.)
She has worked with ballet luminaries such as Cynthia Gregory in Paquita, Jose Manuel Carreno as her partner in Giselle, and was in the original cast of Stanton Welch’s Orange. She also worked side by side with Judy Fugate and Medhi Bahiri as Directors of Dance Galaxy. Mrs. Figueroa is happy to be a member of the Russell School of Ballet faculty and part of the Fairfax Ballet’s artistic team.
Marcela teaches ballet.