Irina Wunder received her classical training in Turkmenistan, then a republic of the former Soviet Union. She performed with the Republic’s Theater of Opera and Ballet and toured with the company in Russia and the former Soviet republics. She was also a guest artist with the Ballet Nacional del Peru. While in Lima, Peru, Ms. Wunder has taught dance to children with special needs and served as a liaison between the US diplomatic and local dance communities. Ms. Wunder holds a Master’s degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK), specializing in safe and optimal practices of performing artists. Her research was recognized and accepted for presentation at the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine (IADMS). Currently, Ms. Wunder is on the faculty of the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, DC and BalletNova Center for Dance in Arlington, VA.