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Our 2003 Winner: Kristen Schoen-Rene

Kristen Schoen-Rene grew up in Vernon, Connecticut graduating from
Rockville High School and The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in 2003.
She was a member of OD 'n' Tap, Looking In Theatre and appeared in the
spring musicals. She received her BFA in dance from The Ailey
School/Fordham University in New York where she was honored to perform
works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, David Parsons, Sean Curran, and Scott
Rink to name a few. 

Kristen went on to be a Radio City Rockette which
allowed her to dance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Favorite credits include* 42nd Street, The Will Rogers Follies *and *Young
Frankenstein.* Regionally, she has performed at The Gateway Playhouse,
Ogunquit Playhouse, Theatre by the Sea, and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. For
the 2014-2015 season, she danced in Susan Stroman's premiere production of *The
Merry Widow* at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City starring
Renee Fleming and Kelli O'Hara. She will reprise this role at The Lyric
Opera in Chicago for the 2015-2016 season. 

As a teacher and choreographer,
Kristen has worked for The Ailey School's Junior Division, SVI: Musical
Theater Intensive at The Hartt School, East Granby Summer Youth Theater,
Dance Connecticut and Stafford Academy of Dance. 

She currently lives in
Quaker Hill, Connecticut with her husband Brendan and their pets Stella and



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