Kristen Faraclas completed her MA, Teaching Dance in the Professions: ABT Pedagogy, at New York University. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 & Partnering. Prior to this, she earned her BFA in Dance from Mercyhurst University, where she also danced for the Liturgical Dance Ensemble and SoMar Dance Works, a resident dance company. While at Mercyhurst, she studied abroad and performed in Norfolk, England, and Dungarvan, Ireland. Faraclas completed the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Teacher Training program and spent many years teaching dance to children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. She loves being a part of creating access to dance for all ages and abilities, and most recently founded the Adaptive Dance program at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Kristen spent two years performing with BTM and is excited to continue her professional performing career as a company artist with Ballet Embody. In addition to performing and teaching at Peabody Preparatory, Faraclas is a Middle School Dance Teacher within Anne Arundel County Public Schools.