Joffrey Ballet artist to teach Summer Youth Conservatory

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Cristin Carole

Cristin Carole, teaching artist with the Joffrey Ballet, will teach this summer at the Art Center of Cannon County's Summer Youth Conservatory.

"Cristin and her son have driven down from Chicago several times to participate in the Stones River Relay. We are especially fortunate to have her come down for an extended period to work with Arts Center's Summer Conservatory and curriculum development," said Neal Appelbaum, Arts Center executive director.

In its 22nd year, Summer Youth Conservatory is dedicated to the development of life skills through participation in the arts - helping kids reach a new stage! In addition to classes, this program offers the opportunity for all participants to appear on stage in a production at the end of each session, Appelbaum said.

This is also a valuable opportunity to be seen on stage by Arts Center directors. Students will audition for roles in performances.

Classes offered are: Fundamentals of acting / advanced acting, creative movement / dance and voice / music.

Positions are still open for both the Junior and Senior Youth Conservatory. The Junior Conservatory concludes June 27, while the Senior classes are July 6-17. To apply, call the Arts Center at 1-615-563-2787 (ARTS) Forms are available at
Cristin 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 15 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.

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