Christine is a fully certified dance teacher under: Acrobatic Arts (Module One & Two), Alixa Flexibility (Module One & Two), Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT Jazz & Tap), The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD Associate: Ballet & Stage. BATD Member: Modern & Acrobatics), is a graduate from the Dance Masters of America's Teacher's Training School at Kent State University and the State University of New York in Buffalo (DMA Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Acrobatics), is an active member of Dance Masters of Canada Chapter #38, and holds her Intermediate Cecchetti Certificate, Cecchetti Canada (Ballet).
As a dance educator, Christine taught at the secondary level within the Durham Separate District School Board from 2002-2007 (St. Mary C.S.S., Notre Dame C.S.S, and Father Leo J. Austin C.S.S), where she was notably recognized for developing exceptionally strong dance curriculums and dance teams, while teaching within the studio milieu (Durham Region, North York and Vaughan).
With now over 25 years of teaching experience, Christine's students have been the recipients of many honourable awards in Canada, winning numerous scholarships, top marks in solo, duet and group categories, including highest mark of the competition as well as Face of Fever and Let's Get Loud. Many of Christine's students have continued dancing professionally in music videos, commercials, movies, theme parks, theatre, television, cheerleading teams, cruise ships, Canadian Salsa Team, World Performers Canada (Dance World Cup- Europe) and Mexico (Five Star Dance Company-The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort), and have also modeled for: Hamilton's Theatrical Supply and Jazzamattazz (print- dance costume catalogues).
Christine's passion for education is on-going annually attending many workshops, conventions and conferences in the industry including: The Dance Project (Vaughan, ON), Northern Movement Inc. Acro (Mississauga, ON), Rebecca Davies: Radar Technique and Krista Miller's Teacher Classes - Jump Start Dance Intensive 2018 (Toronto, ON), Cecchetti Canada: National Conference 2019 (British Columbia, ON), CDX 2022 (Canadian Dance Expo, Toronto, ON), Toronto Teacher Expo 2022 (Toronto, ON), Rebecca Davies: Flexibility & Turns 2022 (Protégé Dance Company) and most recently Cecchetti Canada: Major & Grades Workshop 2023 (The National Ballet School, Toronto, ON).
Christine's "eye-for-detail" is second-to-none: makes for her student's polished technique and crowd-pleasing choreography. In addition, Christine is especially known for her exceptional teaching in acro, a specialty skill required at many auditions and a stand-out from competition-to-competition, year-after-year.
As the proud owner and director of Protégé Dance Company (established in 2010), Christine works diligently to build a positive reputation in the community and has gained the respect of many peers and professionals in the dance industry. Christine believes in empowering all her students to reach their personal best by taking a holistic approach to teaching to ensure all her students are growing age-appropriately in mind, body and soul. Christine's work ethic is strong, sharing the same expectations and values with her students and team. As a mentor to many, Christine's philosophy is simple: work hard and remain humble. As a life-long learner Christine is committed to growing, evolving and elevating as an educator, mentor and business owner: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better do better."- Maya Angelou.