Stella Abrera was born in Manila and grew up in Los Angeles. In 1996, after winning the gold medal in London’s Adeline Genee Awards, she joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2001, and principal in 2015. Her repertoire with ABT includes roles such as Giselle, Mytra, Cinderella, Gamzatti, the Lilac Fairy, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ms. Abrera has performed as a guest artist throughout the United States and abroad, including at The Australian Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Ballet Philippines. She is also the founder of the charity Steps Forward for the Philippines.