A Huntersville native, Krista, began her dance career at the young age of 3 at a local dance studio. She competed until she graduated high school and excelled at it, placing in overalls, receiving scholarships and winning judges choice awards throughout the years. She trained under some of the most influential instructors in the industry, attending numerous conventions in the south. Her performances include Disney World, where her competition team earned their way to the stage.
She began teaching at an early age also, when she was selected to be an apprentice and then assistant for classes when she was still a student herself. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Children's Literature and Childhood Studies. From college until now she has grown tremendously as an instructor and choreographer for competitive teams and recreational programs across the Charlotte & Lake Norman area.
Her training and education hasn't stopped since becoming an instructor. She continues taking classes regularly and just recently completed Tap Teacher Training with Karida Griffith, one of the most well-respected educators in the industry. "I never want to stop learning and growing. The day I stop being cultivated, is the day I stop cultivating the next generation of dancers."
Her newest certification claimed in July, 2020 is a Progressing Ballet Technique Certification in which she has furthered her knowledge in proper form, proper technique for muscle memory, engaging the correct muscles, identifying issues in range of motion, hypermobility, hyperextension and more. She is excited to bring this training to life in class.
Her students over the past ten years of her career have won numerous overall awards, judges awards and scholarships to conventions, competitions and pageants at the Regional and National level throughout the United States. She is a several time Choreography Award recipient and has also received Entertainment Awards.
"My passion is to pour into the lives of my students and give them purpose, whether it be through dance or any other dream they may have for their life."
Miss Krista is married to her best friend Justin and they live in Huntersville with their German Shepherd, Dixie!
The newest addition to our Cultivate faculty is Miss Emily Green!
Emily’s training and experience is exactly the level of education we
strive to provide our dancers and I can’t wait for you to meet her and train under her.
Her education includes Calvert-Brodie School of Dance where she
trained under Ann Brodie, Naomi Calvert & Fina Suarez.
She continued her training with the American Ballet Theatre in NYC and
furthered her education at the School of American Ballet in NYC
training under some of the most prestigious faculty in the country.
Since then Emily has had numerous performances, her most notable being
in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”.
She has also traveled across the country to teach at some of the most highly accredited studios.
These days you can find her teaching ballet to gymnasts, teaching
Progressing Ballet Technique at a local yoga studio and now Cultivate, educating our dancers!
We are blessed to have her and hope you will give her a warm welcome when you see her at the studio!