Kirsten was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in dance and cultural anthropology. Since graduation in 2008 she has been teaching children dance for the affiliates of the National Dance Institute across the western states. She earned her masters degree in Ethnochoreology from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2015.

When not teaching dance Kirsten loves spending time outdoors hiking, biking and snowboarding. She also dances professionally with a local Flamenco company called Mahavia. Kirsten is very excited to be at IACS and can't wait to meet the new students.