Adult Program Faculty
Originally from Asuncion, Paraguay, Marcela began her training at age six at Studio Nilsa Abraham and Ballet Academic Patricia Manavella. She has attended summer intensives and competitions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, The Joffrey Ballet School, as well as has studied with Fabianne Cerutti (Paris Opera school) Paloma Herrera (ABT, Teatro Colón Argentina) Maximilien Baud (The Joffrey Ballet School) Juan Pablo Ledo (Teatro Colón Argentina) Jaime Pinto (Ballet Santiago de Chile) Mario Galizzi (Teatro Colón Argentina). A Silver Medal Recipient in the Certamen Latinoamericano de Danza in Chile, and First Place in the Concejo Paraguayan of Dance CCP.
Marcela has performed in various classical ballets such as, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and contemporary works with The Ballet Municipal de Fernando de la Mora, Ballet Municipal de Asuncion, and Ballet UniNorte. In 2015, she performed for Pope Francis in Paraguay.
Marcela received her BF in Dance Pedagogy from the Ministry of Education of Paraguay as well as studied with the Paraguay Folklore and Escuela Bolera in flamenco. She is certified Pilate’s instructor. She loves to teach and to share her knowledge and passion for dance. Marcela is the proud mother of her baby girl Alba Lucia Palau.