Clara Morna Freitas received her formal dance training in Downers Grove, IL at The Academy of Dance Arts. At The Academy, Clara studied all forms of dance for sixteen years. Under the close mentorship of Sherry Moray and Ricky Ruiz, Clara focused her training in ballet and contemporary. Clara began teaching and choreographing at The Academy of Dance Arts at age sixteen and has continued to be on faculty since. Clara continued to expand her horizons by attending training programs with River North Dance Chicago, Boston Conservatory's Musical Theater Dance program, and NYCDA's Winter Intensive at the Juilliard School. As a pre-professional dancer, Clara had the opportunity to perform with the Illinois Ballet Theatre, The American Spirit Dance Company and The Academy of Dance Arts competitive team. Clara is delighted to be in her first season as an apprentice with Aerial Dance Chicago, and grateful for this opportunity to grow and share her love of dance.