Passing On the Passion
Christina has been an educator of dance for 18 years. She prides herself on leading a class and workshop that is current, is focused on building a strong technical foundation, and connects musicality to storytelling in an environment that encourages budding young dancers and professionals alike. Dancers will learn to appreciate where they are now and inspire each artist to take ownership of their artistry, musicality, stage presence, and greatness. In addition to teaching master classes in Musical Theatre and Contemporary at various studios and conventions throughout the country, she has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, NYC's Think Tank, Pennsylvania Thespians' Conference, Boston Ballet, The Ailey Extension, Dance Masters of New England, University of New Hampshire, University of Nebraska, Dean College, NH Youth Dance Festival, and New York City's Stage Door Connections.
This class will focus on style, musicality, and most importantly, storytelling. Contemporary musical theatre no longer is just theatre jazz. In this class we will work on incorporating all styles of dance to connect to the music in the context of a musical, create a character, and tell a short story through phrases both across the floor and in center where dancers can take risks and grow! Great emphasis will also be given on the dancer's stage presence and performance quality.
INTRODUCTION TO CHOREOGRAPHY
Dancers will be given the tools to find inspiration for movement in all places, manipulate steps and shapes into phrases, explore ways to create a piece out of a short 8 count, and truly embrace their voice as creatives.
MOCK AUDITION WORKSHOP
Into to the Business of Dance
Discovering your path from the Dance Studio to the Stage! Including a seminar on how to properly prepare for an audition, what to expect, and discussing what you can do now to get a jump start! We will also learn a combo, get the true audition experience as well as constructive feedback!
A class based on release technique, this class will challenge dancers to increase their range of motion by using their body weight and natural momentum to move sequentially; shifting to thinking in terms of physics rather than muscular alignment. We will focus on moving by initiation points and taking risks in dancing “off center” which in turn strengthens a dancer’s proprioception.
DANCE ON CAMERA WORKSHOP
During this workshop, dancers will be introduced to the tricks and magic of creating dance for camera. Beginning with short and simple creative tasks which then build to collaboratively creating a dance short on film; dancers will leave inspired to play and observe the world differently through the lens of a camera.
"Christina came to our studio full of incredible energy and passion. Our students were instantly engaged in her teaching style. Our dancers loved her very technique based warm up. They were focused and pushed to truly work their core and work on their stamina. Christina has a way of inspiring and drawing out a new way of movement. Her progressions were musical theatre based and so so fun. Her choreography was filled with musicality and technique. I loved Christina’s approach to her contemporary musical theatre class. She is such an incredibly talented mover, teacher and Choreographer. Her professionalism and personality was beyond refreshing. She applauded the dancers individuality and strengths and made them all feel inspired. I was so thrilled and impressed by her workshop and would hire her back in an instant!"-
Stephanie of DNE School of Dance, N.Chelmsford, MA
Check out Christina's article written for Impact Dance Adjudicator's blog on how to properly categorize your modern, lyrical, and contemporary dances for competition.
Be sure to pick up your copy of "Broadway Swings", a book that gives outsiders an in depth look at what it takes to be a swing in musical theatre featuring interviews with Broadway's brightest choreographers, directors, and performers. Christina is proud to be one of many performers who were interviewed for this fantastic book!
Take a listen to Christina's episode of "Dance Like Everyone's Watching" where she discusses the importance of finding inspiration everywhere and how to stay hungry for more knowledge and creativity.