Carla Flores-Keniston is originally from Austin, Texas, where she began her dance training at Austin Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Tapestry Dance Company. As a student, she scored “highly commended” in four levels of Cecchetti method examinations, and attended summer intensive programs with the Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Austin, and the International Cecchetti Summer School. She later moved to Houston, where she attended the distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) as a dance major. While at HSPVA, she was asked to perform at the National High School Dance Festival in Long Beach, California and was invited to perform on a tour throughout China. Her passion for teaching dance then led her to the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she graduated with a BFA degree in Ballet Pedagogy with special distinction. During that time, she received such honors as the Juli Busken Memorial Scholarship, an Interdisciplinary Project Scholarship, an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project Grant, the Miguel Terekhov Choreography Award, and the Most Outstanding Dance Senior Award. Carla also performed with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet touring nationally and to France. Some of her performance credits have included soloist roles such as Dew Drop and Fairy Doll in the Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Ben Stevenson’s Sentimientos, 4 Swans in Swan Lake, Mary Margaret Holt’s Pret a Porter and Paquita, Mary Lennox in Greg Easley’s The Secret Garden, and as a guest performer at Carnegie Hall with the Weill Music Institute.