Irene Kleinbauer is originally from Santa Maria, CA. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and many ethnic dance styles. She has been privileged to work with artists, such as Laura Karlin, Gerald Casel, Lorin Johnson, Marco Cruz, Chelsea Braverman, Sophie Monat, Andrew Vaca, Keith Johnson, and Michael Blake. Many of Irene’s teaching and choreographic opportunities have been provided at all three Dellos Dance Studios, Braver Players Theater Company, Ballet Hispanico, Allan Hancock College, and Nipomo High School. She received the honors of being 1st and 2nd place recipient of the Santa Maria Arts Council Award in 2006 and 2008, respectively, as well as the 1st place recipient of the Santa Barbara Ballet Competition in 2006.
At age 8, Irene's first teaching experience was directing her neighborhood friends in dances performed in front of her house for all their parents. Irene continued through college with dance, earning a B.F.A. in Dance (cum laude) from CSU Long Beach. She has been involved in many productions with the CSULB Department of Dance as a performer and soundboard operator. She has also studied at Northwest Dance Project, Ballet Hispanico, Colorado Ballet, and the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C.
Irene currently teaches dance classes in Dancing Through Parkinson's and Tiny Tot's and barre fitness, choreographs for musical theater, designs for Dancisms Apparel with her best friend, and performs as a company member with Body Current Dance and Invertigo Dance Theatre. Irene feels very fortunate she is able to use dance as the center of her career work.