Irina Wunder, an ethnic Russian, received her classical dance training in Turkmenistan, then a republic of the former Soviet Union. She performed with the Republic's State Theater of Opera and Ballet and was a guest artist with the National Ballet Company in Lima, Peru. Wunder holds a Master's degree from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (London, UK), specializing in
research on safe and optimal practices of performing artists. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Dance Institute of Washington in Washington, D.C. and Ballet NoVa in Arlington, V.A.