Paula Present, a  native Angelino, received her BA in Dance and BS in Biology from UCSD.  Making dance professionally since 1995, she started working under the  name PTERO Dance Theatre from April 2004 -2015, as its artistic director, dancer, and choreographer and was an award winning, critically acclaimed dance company.   She has choreographed for Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Music videos for the band Fanfarlo (Harold T Wilkins) and was an assistant choreographer with JoAnn Jansen for the band, Beirut (Elephant Gun).  Paula also choreographed for the documentary, Bombay Beach, winner for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival 2011.

Paula had the opportunity to choreograph for Culture Clash in their critically acclaimed docu-theater Bordertown, as well as Herbert Siguenza’s 2010, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, both at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.   She improvised a solo in a fountain in Richard Montoya and Guillermo Gomez Pena’s Los Dopplegangers at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. She choreographed for runway, a commission from the elite fashion label, Gypsy 05. She has taught at Hollywood Dance Center, San Antonio  Metropolitan Ballet , Anna Djanbazian Dance Academy, as well as master  classes at performing arts centers. She performed with Helios Dance  Theatre for five seasons, Post House Dance Group, Eveoke Dance Theatre, Synaptic Dance Collective, and co-founded Between the Raw Dance Collective.  Ms  Present was selected as distinguished alumni by her college, UCSD, for a  campus wide banner campaign, for being a “dreamer, risk taker and  leader who are achieving the extraordinary, possessing the University’s  spirit of innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurial drive."