TEACHING ARTIST & CHOREOGRAPHER
Arcelia Yadira Rivera grew up dancing at St. Croix Valley Dance Academy in Baldwin, Wisconsin. In 2021, she graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BFA in Dance under the instruction of Julie Kerr-Berry, Daniel Stark, Allison Doughty Marquesen, Melissa Rosenberg, Ruben del Valle Jr., Joe Crook, and Karla Grotting. At MSU, Mankato, Arcelia trained in contemporary/modern, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. Her choreography was competitively selected to be performed in the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Spring 2021 Dance Concerts at MSU, Mankato with two of her works receiving awards for Outstanding Choreography. After graduating, performed in Valleyfair's premiere season of their dance show, Neon Nights. Since then, she has performed with Contempo Physical Dance (in work by renowned Brazilian choreographer, Mário Nascimento), Flying Foot Forum, and 8:20 Dance Company. Her dream is to continue choreographing, teaching, and performing. She hopes to inspire others to explore their artistic identity and to grow as unique and individual movers.