Meet your dance instructor. I have my bachelors degree from Chapman University in Theatre & Dance. My training includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Folk Dance, Dance History, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Kinesiology, among other dance-related subjects.
I grew up in a small Illinois town. Lessons were few and far between, so I would copy dancing off of movies and videos in order to perform at local dances, or for other community events. As a youth, I took country line dancing classes. Always drawn to anything involving dance and movement, I auditioned and performed with a Disney Showcase Troupe. By high school, I was choreographing for the Show Choir, as well as, performing in theatrical productions, including the musical “The Wizard of Oz”.
Before graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Dance from Chapman University in Orange, California, I continued my study of many dance styles & techniques such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Dunham Technique, yoga/stretch, Dance Business & History. From 1996-2001 I performed a variety of dancing and singing roles in showcases and events such as “American Celebration” and “The Story of Rock n’ Roll”. While studying at Chapman, I accepted a position as historian, and eventually, vice president of the performing arts society (PASC).
When I wasn’t onstage, I could be found backstage working lights, sound, costuming, or stage management. I searched out other educational opportunities at Cypress College and the Taggart International School where I studied West African dance and Russian Ballet Technique. After performing a liturgical dance performance for my graduation ceremony, I toured the United States and a portion of Canada, researching dance around the world. This eventually led me to Jacmel, Haiti, where I studied cultural and social dances of the local people. After that I took up Bellydance and studied folk dancing in Chicago, Illinois.
Since 2001, I have taught classes for all ages from infants to adults. I have also studied child development and have a special love for bringing an adoration of the arts to the youngest artists in our communities. It is imperative that all my teachings highlight body positivity and the belief that everyone can dance. A life-long learner and dance aficionado, I continue my dance studies in Ballroom, Baroque Dance, and Scottish Country Dance. My influences include Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Sean Greene & Misty Copeland. I love being a part of the DA Dance Family.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided in these dance lessons is in no way intended as a substitute for receiving medical advice. The purpose of these dance lessons is to provide information and education. The instructor shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information, suggestions or exercises given and/or performed in these dance lessons. The instructor is not a medicinal authority and is not qualified to diagnose or prescribe any therapy. Please consult your physician.
Speaks ENGLISH, SPANISH, FRENCH, SIGN LANGUAGE
Awarded STUDENT SERVICES AWARD from PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Teaching since 2000
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My little just started dancing because her big sister dances. She is a shy one but warmed up to Miss Chrystie and loves tapping with her. She plays music that she loves and is helping her learn how to tap dance in a fun way!
Chrystie is so amazing! She's honest, fun, and dedicated to the kids!
My daughter absolutely loves Ms Chrystie!! She taught ballet for 1 year for us before we moved. We went through 3 recitals with her and my daughter always felt so comfortable with her. My daughter really grew as a dancer and her confidence grew as well.
Ms. Chrystie is an amazing teacher. She is amazing with teaching children as well as adults and has a contagious sport and attitude.
Christie could get my shy son to do art work and even dance. This was when she was in college. If you have a shy one, she is your instructor. She has the soft touch and patience.
Chrystie is an amazing teacher and loves kids! She is open, honest, sweet and a talented teacher who has lots of experience working with adults and children. I highly recommend her!
Chrystie is a dedicated , hard working mother. She balances home life, work life and dance teacher life. She is friendly, kind, helpful.
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
Basic beginning/ intermediate body positive ballet class! Always wanted to learn? Now is your chance. In this beginning or intermediate ballet class we will work on positions, alignment, stretching, combinations. Everyone can dance ballet!
D'Ann's Academy of Dance
Happy Feet School of Dance/ Taggart International School of Russian Ballet/ Dance Research USA & Canada Tour/ City of Antioch Rec Department/
Antioch First 5 Center
Two Left Feet
Berkeley Scottish Country Dance (rscds-sf branch)
Da Island Way
Jasmin Jahal School of Egyptian Bellydance
Maria Taggert International School of Russian Ballet
Fluent / Native Proficiency
PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
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