Kristina Isabelle originally from Columbus, Ohio is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company.
Isabelle earned her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and an MFA in dance and choreography from The Ohio State University. She was recently awarded one of the Lab Artists award for 2012 from the Chicago DanceMakers Forum.
Her choreography has been produced in Chicago, Columbus, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, England, Ireland and Poland at the Bytom International Dance Festival. She has been a finalist in the BalletMet choreographers project in 2004, 2006 and 2008. She is a resident choreographer for Columbus Dance Theatre for both the company and the Intensive Training Program. Most recently she has taught at Joffrey Ballet summer intensive and After School Matters program through Chicago Ballet Center.
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Isabelle has also spent the last decade teaching dance, composing works, and constructing dance-related events for various universities, studios, and organizations. She has served as a guest artist and adjunct professor for The Ohio State University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenberg University, Alfred University in New York, and The College of Lake County in Illinois. In 2003-2004 she was the artistic director of the Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics. She has been a guest artist at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School her alma mater. She has written and directed numerous shows for Richland Academy of the Arts in Mansfield, King Arts Complex, and Dublin Dance Centre. She developed a home school program, KIDCO-2 a young dancer / circus artist group, which have been a highlight at numerous events from First Night Columbus to Comfest.
She also directs HighJinks Productions combining a wider variety of dance forms with traditional and contemporary circus arts to produce a unique type of entertainment that merges the best of both art forms. She specializes in stilt-dance work and fire spectacles. HighJinks Productions has been seen at events throughout the Midwest, New York and nationally on MTV and in the Nuclear Cowboyz tour 2010 for Feld Entertainment.
Kristina has spent several years dancing around the world with some of the most innovative modern dance troupes, most notably Bebe Miller, The Stephen Petronio Company, Earth Circus Productions, Grimaldi Circus, and Jordan Fuchs to name a few.