Director & Faculty

Talin Kenar

Director

Talin Kenar became Director of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio following a twenty-year professional career with Hong Kong Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Carolina Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and American Repertory Ballet and a wealth of professional experience as an instructor and administrator.

As a professional ballerina, Ms. Kenar has performed title and leading roles in many classical ballets, such as Swan LakeGiselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Paquita.  She has also performed in iconic works by George Balanchine, including Serenade, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, Who Cares?, Scotch Symphony, Valse Fantaisie, Donizetti Variations, Square Dance, Stars and Stripes, and in ballets by other twentieth century masters, such as Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Lila York, among others. Ms. Kenar has additionally performed as a guest artist across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Ms. Kenar began studying ballet in San Diego, CA at the age of six. At age sixteen, she gained acceptance to the Royal Ballet School in London, England and attended on scholarship. She spent summers studying at the schools of Milwaukee Ballet and Houston Ballet, then under the directorships of Basil Thompson and Ben Stevenson respectively, and is fortunate to have learned from many inspiring directors, choreographers, instructors, and mentors during the course of her training.

Talin is a certified instructor in the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum through Level 7 and Partnering, is an ABT/NTC Fellow, and has successfully presented students for examinations. She has worked as an instructor at Princeton Ballet School, Columbia Classical Ballet, Ballet Theatre Australia, and at the University of South Carolina Department of Dance/USC Summer Dance Conservatory. Talin is as an adjunct professor of Dance in the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University and recently accepted the directorship of Princeton Youth Ballet after having served as the company’s Executive Director for four seasons.

Talin’s passion for and commitment to supporting the training, performance outcomes, and overall wellbeing of dancers has inspired her work as a certified Gyrotonic™ instructor and co-founder of the Dance Performance and Injury Prevention© program, conceived in collaboration with physical therapist, Justine DeLuccio, PTMS, OCS, FAAOMPT. Her dedication to carrying Princeton Dance and Theater Studio’s mission forward is upheld by a strong commitment to exceptional training, sound pedagogy, a dynamic curriculum, and maintaining a positive and compassionate learning environment for every student.