Kira Hopkins was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and began dancing with Gustafson Dance when she was 6 years old. She first began dancing Flamenco in Santa Fe, New Mexico But then switched to ballet when she moved to Santa Barbara. She has danced in many productions with Gustafson Dance, as well as State Street Ballet as a part of their Pro Track program including, Rudolph, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and State Street Ballet’s Don Quixote. Kira is an International Dance Acclaim (IDA) member teacher, and has studied Ballet, Jazz, Stage Makeup and Pedagogy with a focus in young children. Kira has been a rehearsal assistant, and teacher at Gustafson dance for 5 years.