You may have seen this new dancer onstage last season when she was an apprentice with the company. Now, as a member of the corps de ballet, you will be seeing much more of her! Meet Christina Spigner!
MCB: Where are you from?
Christina: Paradise Valley, Arizona
MCB: At which dance schools did you train before coming to MCB?
Christina: Miami City Ballet School
MCB: Describe your perfect day.
Christina: Doing something adventurous, exploring someplace new, and experiencing new and interesting cuisine with the people I love.
MCB: Proudest moment?
Christina: The moment I was asked to rehearse and perform with Miami City Ballet.
MCB: Wildest dream?
Christina: Opening up a pre-professional dance school that would not only teach ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary, but would also incorporate an educational component. The curriculum would include kinesiology, anatomy, nutrition, and cross training/body awareness methods, including Feldenkrais and Pilates, and body maintenance classes. This would be my dream to develop healthy and happy dancers who are knowledgeable about their instrument, how to take care of it, and be able to use that knowledge to enhance their technique.
Christina Spigner performing a stunning leap during a MCB School photo shoot.
Christina: Anything chocolatey! I have a bit of a sweet tooth!
Christina: Danny Tidwell ( soloist with Norway’s National ballet ) and Miami City Ballet’s own Patricia and Jeannette Delgado.
MCB: Name one thing you couldn’t live without.
Christina: My family , friends, dancing,and my favorite store Whole Foods.
Having a Dog Gone Good time;-)
MCB: Most unforgettable onstage moment?
Christina: Every year the company plays Secret Santa and part of the fun is to reveal who your Secret Santa is in a creative or interesting way. So in MCB’s last performance of The Nutcracker, I was dancing my final ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, and during the part where the flowers kneel in a box formation the dancer across from me looked at me and mouthed ” I am your Secret Santa!” I almost screamed out loud — I was so surprised and excited to find out who she finally was . She put a note in my dressing room saying she would meet me in the ‘land of the sweets’ and boy did she!
MCB: Dream role?
Christina: Kitri from Don Quixote, and my dream ballet to perform in would be In The Upper Room. In The Upper Room is one of my all time favorites and the instant I saw it performed, I dreamed of being apart of that dynamic and powerful work someday.
MCB: Why Miami City Ballet?
When I first came here as a student I peered into the studio where the company rehearsed and fell in love. I loved the diversity of the dancers, the diversity of the repertoire in a Balanchine based company, and was also drawn to the company’s energy and dynamism.
Christina Spigner flies through the air in a MCB School photo shoot.
Lookout for Christina onstage this season when the 2013-2014 Season opens on October 18 at the Arsht Center with Program I: First Ventures.