She is the first Filipina-American to reach the rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). A self-professed bun head, Stella Abrera fell in love with ballet as a young girl, earning each and every opportunity through hard work and skill. At the peak of her career, she suffered an injury that could have put her out of her commission, but perseverance and love for dance won out in the end. This year, she danced the role of Princess Tea Flower in ABT’s production, Whipped Cream.
Can a man/woman really have it all?
I suppose that that all depends on whether you’re the type of person who counts your blessings or the type who is never quite satisfied.
What gives life meaning?
Having loved ones with whom to share experiences with.
What’s something new you learnt about life? About yourself?
Good communication is essential.
What troubles you the most?
Seeing people in distress.
At what age did you finally feel comfortable in your own skin?
Does that time actually come?
What’s the best/worst decision you have ever made?
The best was to marry my husband, Sascha Radetsky. The worst was probably not marrying him sooner.
What does integrity mean to you? Can you name a few who have integrity?
I think a person with integrity follows through with his or her own principles, especially when the going gets tough.
Are you hopeful about the future?
What’s the best advice you would give your younger self?
Listen to your instincts and be true to yourself.
What would you want your legacy to be?
I would want to be remembered for being kind.