Christine Reed is an educator, dancer and choreographer in Chicago, Illinois. She has taught in elementary schools, private dance studios, competitive dance circuits, community organzations, and after-school programs for over 10 years. While she teaches all genres and subject areas, her expertise lies in teaching modern and jazz dance styles, teaching the creative process, teaching language arts and reading, and integrating the arts and academic disciplines.
Christine graduated from Columbia College Chicago with her Masters of Art in Teaching with endorsements in elementary education, dance education and social studies in 2014. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with two minor concentrations in Dance and in Arts Management from Bowling Green State University. During her undergraduate work at BGSU and after Christine taught dance at local dance studios, worked for the School of Art and Design at the Toledo Museum of Art, and worked at Imagine Madison Avenue School of Arts, an arts-based elementary school, as Dance Instructor and a Reading and Math Title I Teaching Assistant for three years. Christine was named Teacher of the Year at Imagine Madison Avenue in 2012. In Chicago, Christine has worked for Chicago Public Schools at The Nettelhorst School as an RTI Teaching Assistant in Reading and in Arts Enrichment, at Columbia College Chicago as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Student Ambassador for the Education Department, at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Design Dance as a Teaching Artist, and at various local dance studios as a dance instructor.
Christine's work is rooted in creativity and collaboration. Whether working in the academic or arts realms, Christine always integrates one discipline with the other, as she believes neither can stand alone. Because of her background in math and business, and her training and experiences in dance and the arts, Christine brings a juxtaposition of both analytical and innovative ideas to every project. She meshes science with ballet, the creative process with math, literature with contemporary dance, and all things in between to teach engaging, challenging classes and to produce interesting, thought-provoking work.