Kirsten Raven Asturi – Costumes/Sets/Props
Kirsten Raven Asturi began her journey in the arts as a ballet dancer. Classically trained, Kirsten began teaching at the age of 18 under the mentorship of Jane Vann Bryan in Merced, CA. Kirsten honed her craft of teaching students of all ages at Juline School of Dance in Modesto, where she taught ballet for over 15 years.
As the former director of Outreach for The Juline Foundation for Children, she provided dance experiences to children in public schools throughout Stanislaus County, working primarily with students aged K-6, including students with ranges of abilities. She directed numerous performances combining these public school dancers with mentors from Juline Regional Youth Ballet, with magical results.
In 2002, Kirsten created and implemented a performing arts program within the structure of The Enrichment Center, an art program for adults with different abilities in Merced, CA. This inspired a devotion to inclusion that positively influences her teaching style.
Kirsten’s love of sewing and creating started early. She began to formally design and create costumes in 2003, and this has since led to her creating costumes for Kim T Davis Dance, Central West Ballet, Juline Regional Youth Ballet, San Jose State University, sjDANCEco, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, and Sacramento State University, among others under the design label Raven On Stage.
Kirsten lives in Pacific Grove, with her husband Ira, and sons Owen and Leo. Where she now teaches dance at The Dance Center in Carmel, CA.