Christina Santos has over 40 years of dance experience. Originally from the Waterbury area, Chris started her dance journey at a very young age training and then teaching for Betty Malon’s Studio of Dance. She was part of a 20-member dance troupe called the “Dancettes” and attended the Dance Congress in New York City for training. She studied under a teacher that went on to become a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. She attended many dance conventions in New York where she became certified in Tap and Jazz. She started assisting at the age of 10 and had her own classes to teach by age 13. She then went on to studying, training and teaching at Barbara Hyland’s School of Dance, which concentrated on ballet technique. After five years of training with Barbara, she continued her training and teaching at Connecticut Academy of Preforming Arts, (CTAPA) in Waterbury. One of the many guest artists who were invited to teach at CTAPA was Savion Glover, who is most known for Tap Dance Kid, Jelly’s last Jam, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and the animated character in “Happy Feet”. Chris had the opportunity to take tap class with him, learning a new style of tap. She has extensive training in tap, jazz, ballet & acro. She was a featured dancer in West Side Story, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, as well as the many recitals she performed in. She choreographed Fiddler on the Roof for Wilby High School in Waterbury. Chris enjoys teaching all ages and helping students continue their dance education. All of her expertise and many years of recitals has given her the skills to be a Stage Manager. As Stage Manager, she wrote tech notes, kept the dances flowing, worked with lighting and sound crews and juggled any other tasks that came up during a rehearsal or performance. When she’s not dancing you can find her in the garden, at the beach, hula hooping, doing crafts or acting as her condo association treasurer. Chris’ teaching is dedicated to technique, not just recital routines. It’s wonderful to have found a new dance family at Divaz Dance Academy and Chris looks forward to many years with Miss Vicky.