Director & Faculty

Talin Kenar

Director

Talin Kenar arrives to her position as Director of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio following a twenty-year professional career with Hong Kong Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. She has performed soloist and principal roles in many classical ballets such as Swan LakeGiselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Paquita, as well as in iconic works by such renowned choreographers as George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Lila York, among others. Talin has additionally performed as a guest artist across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Talin began studying ballet in Solana Beach, CA. 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 instructors and mentors during the course of her training.

Talin is a certified instructor in the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum through Level 6/7/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 performance outcomes and 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. Talin acknowledges with heartfelt gratitude the exemplary contributions of PDT’s wonderful faculty and staff in the ongoing success of PDT’s classes and programs!