Hometown: New York, New York
Claudia learned her first dance steps at the Spring Lake Community House in New Jersey. In Kindergarten, she began dancing at the Dance Stop Dance Education Center in Parlin, New Jersey where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical for ten years. During that time she danced competitively and was a scholarship winner at numerous conventions. Claudia has attended the NYCDA summer and winter intensives and has performed in Dancers Responding to Aids fundraisers, Voices Transposed (a show to raise money for UN), and in the Dances Patrelle Nutcracker. She has studied closely with choreographers such as Al Blackstone, Chloe Arnold, and Alexandra Damiani.
Hometown: Vienna, Virginia
Kristi was born in Northern Virginia, where she began dancing at local studios. At 14, she continued her training at the Washington Ballet, eventually joining their Professional Training Program. At the Washington Ballet, she studied with teachers including Julie Kent, Xiomara Reyes, Kim Sonderegger, Mimmo Miccolis, and Vladimir Djouloukhadze. She also attended summer programs at Houston Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and the Kennedy Center’s Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. Her favorite roles to perform have included George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Serenade, Mimmo Miccolis’s Firsts, Fosse’s Steam Heat, and Suzanne Farrell’s ballet to Polovtsian Dances.