Belén Pereyra-Alem

BELÉN PEREYRA-ALEM (Lawrence, MA) began her formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy, where she graduated as valedictorian. She was also a member of Origination Cultural Arts Center in Boston. Upon moving to New York City, Ms. Pereyra-Alem was closely mentored by Earl Mosley and danced with Camille A. Brown & Dancers for three years, during which time she performed at The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Dancers Responding to AIDS’ annual events, Dance from the Heart and The Fire Island Dance Festival. Ms. Pereyra-Alem was an apprentice for Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, and has performed with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Nathan Trice, and Roger C. Jeffrey. She assisted Matthew Rushing with his ballet Uptown for the Ailey company in 2009. Ms. Pereyra- Alem joined the Company in 2011. 

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Island Origins Magazine - Committed To The Dream

It is possible she was born to dance. They say the best dancers have a way of moving that grabs you by the heart. The same is true of Belén Pereyra-Alem. Belén believes that on stage, dance, as an art form, has the power of transformation.


Latina - Meet Belén Pereyra-Alem, The Dominican Dancer Who's Stealing The Show At Alvin Ailey

From her early days working at restaurants to pay the bills while she paid her dues, to dancing with one of the world’s most beloved dance companies - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Belén Pereyra-Alem has come a long way. Standing at just 5’3”, the 30-year old Dominican-American dancer is larger than life with spirit and soul. This Latina pours all her energy into each performance, fully dancing with an open heart and bringing characters to life on stage in the most magnificent of ways. But the road hasn’t always been easy for her. Just before heading out on Ailey’s 21-city national tour starting January 30, we caught up with the Inspiring Latina who shares her pride in her Latina roots, her passion for dance, and more than a few inspiring words.

The Huffington Post - Living Her Truth, Unapologetically: Alvin Ailey's Belén Pereyra-Alem

American by birth and Dominican by heart, this Latina never let her failures define her. Born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Belén Pereyra-Alem never lost sight of her dreams despite the numerous moments of doubt and insecurity. Raised by the diverse city of Lawrence, Pereyra-Alem shares the fond memories of her childhood and how her heritage made an impact in her personal and professional growth.