Director & Faculty

Talin Kenar


Talin Kenar | Fellow and Affiliate Teacher, American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum serving on American Ballet Theatre’s Board of Examiners Director, Princeton Dance and Theater Studio; Director, Princeton Youth Ballet

Ms. Kenar enjoyed a full-time performance career as a professional company member of Hong Kong Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Carolina Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and American Repertory Ballet. Her repertory includes principal and soloist roles in such classical ballets as Swan LakeGiselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Paquita, as well as iconic neoclassical works by George Balanchine, including Serenade, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Who Cares?, Scotch Symphony, Valse Fantaisie, Donizetti Variations, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, and ballets by other twentieth century masters, such as Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Lila York, among others. Ms. Kenar has additionally performed as a guest artist in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Ms. Kenar received early training in San Diego, CA. At age fifteen, she was accepted to the Royal Ballet School’s Upper School in London, England and spent summers attending intensive programs at Houston Ballet Academy, Milwaukee Ballet School, and the Royal Ballet School on scholarship.

Ms. Kenar is an ABT/NTC Fellow certified in the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum through Level 7 and Partnering and has successfully presented students for examinations. Her extensive teaching experience includes faculty and guest positions at Ballet Theatre Australia, Princeton Ballet School, Columbia Classical Ballet, Columbia City Jazz Conservatory, Tallahassee Ballet, and the University of South Carolina Department of Dance/USC Summer Dance Conservatory. She is an adjunct professor of Dance in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University, has coached prize winners at Youth America Grand Prix, and is the current Artistic Director of Princeton Youth Ballet

Ms. Kenar’s commitment to the education, performance outcomes, and overall wellbeing of dancers has inspired her work as co-founder of the Dance Performance and Injury Prevention© program, conceived in collaboration with physical therapist, Justine DeLuccio, PTMS, OCS, FAAOMPT. Ms. Kenar is co-author of dance science research published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and a certified Gyrotonic™ instructor. Her dedication to Princeton Dance and Theater Studio’s mission is upheld by a commitment to providing exceptional training, maintaining the highest standards of pedagogy, and above all, fostering a positive and nurturing learning environment for every student.