Mabel studied Classical Ballet, Spanish dance, and Folk dance at the National Ballet School of Panama. At age sixteen, she was selected to study at the Royal Ballet of London, England by famed ballerina Dame Margot Fontaine. She left England to become a member of the Cosi Stefanescu Ballet Company in Italy, where she then performed throughout Europe with them. She came to Minnesota in 1979 to dance with the St. Paul City Ballet and the Minnesota Dance Company. Mabel has been teaching ballet and Pointe classes at the Music General since 1990.