Zarina Stahnke grew up in Northern Virginia, USA, and began studying dance at Arlington Center for Dance, now BalletNova Center for Dance. She then attended the School of American Ballet for four years while also studying painting, sculpture and drawing at the Student’s Art League of New York. In 2011 she joined the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany where she is currently a second soloist. While dancing with the Semperoper she has worked with choreographers including William Forsythe, David Dawson, Alexander Ekman, Joseph Hernandez, Jiri Kylian, Hofesh Schechter, Mats Ek, and more. She is currently in her first year of the MA Dance Teacher Palucca program in Dresden.