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Principal ballerina Stella Abrera, a South Pasadena native, returns to SoCal as one of ABT's finest

Principal ballerina Stella Abrera, a South Pasadena native, returns to SoCal as one of ABT's finest

For American Ballet Theatre dancer and South Pasadena native Stella Abrera, it has been quite a year — one that started with her unexpected and emotional promotion to principal, the company's top rank, in August. An admired and distinctive company veteran noted for her buoyant jumps, lush phrasing, versatility and dramatic commitment, Abrera had invested 14 years as a soloist when the elevation to principal came through.

In the ensuing months, she created a role in a new Mark Morris work for ABT. During the company's recent eight-week season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, she debuted in major roles, culminating in last week's performance honoring her 20th...

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