Christina Leonard-Kristan, Assistant Director / Choreographer
Christina started her dance training at a young age under the direction of her mother, Donna Leonard and the notable Miranda Sugarman of Russia. Studying all genres of dance led her towards a well-rounded career in dance education. She has worked with children of all ages in several studios throughout the Boston area for more than ten years and has developed a unique creative-based curriculum for pre-schoolers and works extensively with intermediate and advanced level dancers of all ages. She is currently employed as Assistant Director of Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose, and as Assistant Director of Melrose Youth Ballet, a non-profit organization.
In 2000, Christina graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Dance Education Training Program. She was installed as a member of DTCB in 2001 and has remained an active teacher in the field of dance education through attending annual conventions and workshops throughout the Boston area. In 2011 she attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC studying with renowned teachers such as Luigi, Mandy Moore, Diane Vogel, Finis Jhung, and Doug Caldwell among others. Most recently Christina studied with with Ricky Palomino, Chaz Buzan, Natalie Reid, and Jeff Bowman at the West Coast Dance Explosion convention in Boston.
Christina holds a B.S. in Communication from Boston University. Throughout college she performed with the tap team, BU on Tap, and the BU Dance Theatre troupe at the College of Fine Arts. She has choreographed for local theater productions and guest taught at summer camps in and around Boston. Her choreography has received many awards at local & regional dance competitions, most recently being awarded “Regional Champion” at Nexstar competition in Worcester for her ballet piece, “Momentum”.