Charla Genn was born in South Africa and instructs company classes at the Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo. As a choreographer she has created several modern ballets for Ballet Manhattan and American Repertory Ballet; has also staged works for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, American Repertory Ballet, Washington Ballet, Goucher College, and Richmond Academy (Vancouver, Canada). She created roles for Alvin Ailey, Robert Cohan, Daniel Ezralow, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Margot Sappington, and Robert North. Genn began her professional career in South Africa with Johannesburg City Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet, and has danced as a soloist and principal dancer with Bat-Dor Dance Company and the Eglevsky Ballet, under Edward Villella. After two years as ballet mistress and principal dancer with New York Festival Dance Theater, she became its associate artistic director. In 1985 she co-founded Ballet Manhattan with her husband, Paul Croitoroo. She also served as rehearsal director and assistant to Septime Webre when he directed American Repertory Ballet. Her awards include a Cecchetti Method Teachers Diploma (Imperial Dance Society) and an advanced Royal Academy of Dance Certification with honors. She has been on the Juilliard Dance faculty since 2009.