Cristin Carole began her dance training at Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre in Chicago under the direction of her aunt Shirley Hall-Bass. She went on to study Classical Ballet with Elizabeth Boitsov and Modern Dance with Timothy Buckley and Doug Wood. She has performed professionally for audiences at Mo Ming, Links Hall, the Athenaeum Theatre, Lyric Opera, Auditorium Theatre and as a principal dancer in semi-annual productions sponsored by the University of Chicago at Mandel Hall. Cristin has also choreographed for various organizations and venues in the Bahamas including the National Dance Company, National Youth Choir and led master classes in Dance Education for Bahamas Dance Theatre. In 2001, she passed The Royal Academy of Ballet’s Instructor’s Exam as well as choreographed for the Bahamian National Festival Junkanoo group “Colours” debut. In 2005, she staged the opening event of the Central American and Caribbean Games in Nassau, Bahamas with a cast of 200.
In addition to over fifteen years of teaching experience in Chicago Public Schools, Cristin has developed arts integrated workshops for the Golden Apple Foundation, Hedwig Dance Company, Urban Gateways, and the Chicago Park District. As an Arts Integration Specialist, Cristin has been a faculty member of the City Colleges of Chicago, The College of the Bahamas, and presently serves as adjunct faculty for the Columbia College Chicago’s Graduate Program in Education. She has led numerous professional development workshops for teachers on the practical implementation of movement and dance across the curriculum. In 2005, Cristin joined the Education and Community Engagement staff of The Joffrey Ballet as a teaching artist and curriculum development consultant and has been instrumental in the creation of the Bridge Program.
Most recently, she has worked as the dance consultant and choreographer for The Court Theatre productions of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Home and the critically acclaimed Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
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