Department: Dance - Ballet
Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2021
Rena Bernardini began training at Westchester Ballet Center and soon began performing with Dance Theater of Westchester. She has attended several summer intensives including Interlochen, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Perry Mansfield, and Nashville Ballet.
Rena furthered her studies at The Boston Conservatory and later had the opportunity to transfer to The Rambert School in London. While abroad she performed at the Royal Opera House and worked with English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s program.
After graduating, Rena joined Ballet Theater of Maryland and was a guest artist for The Nutcracker at West Point’s Eisenhower Hall performing Dewdrop. She then joined Fort Wayne Ballet where she served on the Auer Academy faculty and was co-director of the youth company as well as a company dancer.
Rena continued to develop her teaching skills by becoming certified in the American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum.
Rena has most enjoyed dancing in Gerald Arpino’s Birthday Variations and Light Rain. She has also been featured as Swanhilda’s Friend and the Lead Hour Soloist in Coppélia and a Stepsister in Cinderella. Rena has traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua with Juntos Collective and was selected as a Juntos Ambassador.
Rena is currently dancing for New York State Ballet and is excited to be joining the Hochstein family as part of the summer faculty!
More About Rena Bernardini
Hometown: Somers, NY
What inspires me: Bringing joy to the people I work with
Why the arts matter: They are a form of expression and connection
Favorite things to do in Rochester area: Hike and be outdoors
When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: New York State Ballet
My favorite local restaurant: Magnolia’s Deli & Cafe
Favorite place to travel: Europe
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls
What people would be surprised to know about me: I lived and studied in London for two years