Performer. Producer. Choreographer. Educator. Researcher. Writer. Activist.
Christina Sears was raised a dancing Hoosier and continues to perform, choreograph, and teach in many dance areas. Christina earned a BA from University of Michigan, in Dance and Creative Writing. She danced professionally in New York and London with many companies and won presentation opportunities and production support, presenting at London, Leeds and NYC.
Christina left the big city life to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance at the State University of New York, College at Brockport. Christina became a Shin Somatics Educator in 2014 with EastWest Somatics Institute. She has taught dance technique and theory in many settings, including private studios, public schools and Universities. Currently she is proud to be the Ballet Program Director for the Jackson School of the Arts and the Artistic Director of People Dancing Company.
She was recently award the Touchstone Dance Educator of the Year from the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Association and the Michigan Dance Council. She was chosen as the State's Best Choreographer for her ensemble dance, Dollhouse, Revisited. She continues to research, write and devise art projects and performances.
Quotes about Christina
“Through my involvement in many ( People Dancing) events, I have seen Christina Sears Etter’s commitment to professionalism and the art of dance.” Sherry Jerome Wilkinson, Eastern Michigan University Professor of Dance.
“Christina is extraordinarily generous, warm and personable. She is a team player and words with integrity, vitality and intelligence in all her endeavors.” Jessica Kimlat Fogel, University of Michigan Professor of Dance.
"(her) Methodology is appropriate for our gifted students as well as our challenged learners. The (teacher’s) efficient use of resources to deliver this class impressed me."Jan Taylor, Public School Teacher and Visual Artist.
“My professor is passionate and energetic.” Eastern Michigan University Student, Modern Fundamentals 102
“From the first day of class, the positive energy was contagious! She (my professor) is always brimming with ideas.” Eastern Michigan University Student, Dance for the Elementary School Teacher, 220
“She has worked in the industry and really knows her stuff! While a lot of college is spent studying theory, I learned practical information- - how to be a better, smarter dancer, from my professor.”Wayne State University Student, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Modern Dance 1010 for Major/Minor Students.
“I loved being part of Carnival of the Animals. It is one of the most unique dance pieces I have ever done! Though set to classical music, it has a very modern feel. Although young children usually have a hard time sitting through dance or music concert, I saw that during our performance, the audience was quiet and enjoyed it. It was captivating!”E. Hollenshead, performer, Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor MI, Graduate.
“The results are refreshingly excellent!"a satisfied customer.