Mumy Badrena has danced professionally with several companies in her native Puerto Rico, for Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg Dance Conservatory Ensemble, Venevision, Venezuela SA.
She has choreographed in Puerto Rico and in Latin America as well as the USA. A Master Teacher, she has had extensive training in Modern and Latin Jazz with such luminaries as Alvin Aliey, Frank Hatchet, Gus Giordano to name a few. She has developed her own distinctive style very well known in Puerto Rico and the US.
Until recently she was the coordinator of the dance department of the Southwestern Educational Society School at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, she is Dance Professor at the Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez, P.R.
A native of Puerto Rico, she began her ballet training with Yolanda Muñoz, Maria and Carlota Carrera, Maestro Parés, Ana Garcia, Maria Benitez , Ramon Molina and Lolita San Miguel to mention a few.
She also studied with the Pittsburgh Ballet, New York City Ballet, Madame Fokine, Madame Danilova among others. After several years of professional dancing , she turned to choreography and coaching, finding and expressive outlet and opportunity through Festival de Coreografos of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico.
Active as a choreographer for 20 years, she was recognised in 1988 at Bellas Artes as the youngest producer of a theatrical dance production "Reencuentro con un Origen" original work in collaboration with Andres Vega.
Ms. Badrena (licensed by Laura Alonso herself as Cuban Syllabus instructor) joined the Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania in the year 1990, both as a resident choreographer and ballet mistress with Trinette Singleton (licensed RDA and former principal dancer for Jeoffrey Ballet). Both Ms. Badrena and Mrs. Singleton choreographed full length ballets such as Dracula, (featured in the Dancemagazine in the October issue of the year 1994), Nutcracker and Robin Hood that toured successfully for seven years in the United States. One more time Ms. Badrena and Mrs. Singleton joined forces and created the ballet Nosferatu for the Anderson Young Ballet, Indiana.
While working with BTPa. Mrs. Laura Alonso gave Ms. Badrena diplomatic permission
to work in Cuba as a choreographer where she staged excerpts from the Nutcracker
She garnered critical acclaim for her original works and received the Best Choreographer Award from the Minister of Cultural Events in the Dominican Republic for her work Tierra, originally set for Julie Mayoral Artistic Director of, Ballet Teatro de Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ms. Badrena has served on the grant advisory panel of dance to The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts since 1996, working on the budgets of such companies as The Pittsburgh Ballet, Dance Alloy, The Pennsylvania Ballet among others, today she belongs to the advisory panel for the Maryland Council of the Arts and most recently she has been asked to join The National Endowment for the Arts in Washington Dc.
In 1997, she became the Artistic Director of The Harrisburg Dance Conservatory .
While entering her fourth year as the Artistic Director, Ms. Badrena choreographed
a contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet gaining the admiration of the audience and
the critics. Today The Harrisburg Dance Ensemble is proud to say that it hold the
title of Performing Company at the North-
Under her repertory we find Ms. Badrena has been acknowledged as a "brilliant choreographer" in Tangos y Tangedia to composer Astor Piatzzolla, Amanda based on the fiction novel from Laura Esquivel, Like water for Chocolate among others. Ms. Badrena holds several trusties for Laura Alonsos ballets, The Don Quijote Suite, the second act of the Swan Lake, Diana and Acteon, Pas de Quatre, La Fille Mal Gardee, Bayadere,Capriccio Espagnol, Giselle, Le Corsaire and others.
Nana Badrena is a guest master teacher to several Universities in the United States , she is also faculty teacher at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Brandywine Ballet.
Her most recent full length work is Dracula the ballet choreographed for Laura Alonsos,
Prior to her recent move to Puerto Rico Nana Badrena was on the staff at the Northern Ballet school in Manchester,UK
Marcela Figueroa, se graduo en la Escuela Gustavo Franklin en Caracas Venezuela , inmediatamente ingresando al Ballet Nacional de Caracas, con Vicente Nebrada como director Artistico y coreografo, en donde comienza su labor extensa como Bailarina Principal, al poco tiempo de haber comenzado en la misma. Marcela Figueroa dentro de su carrera artistica ha tenido la dicha de trabajar por los proximos quince anos en diferentes companias de los Estados Unidos de America en donde su repertorio se amplia aun mas bailando e interpretando hermosas y significativas piesas coreograficas junto a coreografos como Stanton Welch, Cinthia Gregory, Nana Badrena, entre otros. Actualmente reside en Puerto Rico junto a su amado esposo y sus dos hermosas gemelas.