This week’s Dance/Choreographer shout out goes to Christina Digiuseppe. Christina D is a passionate choreographer and dance artist who is inspired by the exploration of the creative process. She is the Co-owner and Director of Artistic Edge Dance Company, a thriving Performing arts school which prides itself on promoting diversity as well as artistic and personal growth for the building blocks of tomorrow. Christina just recently had the honor of working alongside Miss Nelly Van Bommel as an emerging choreographer at the RDA National choreography Intensive in Winston-Salem North Carolina. As a performer and choreographer some of her credits include, Night Of Essence, The Toronto’s Bazaar, Talent Defined, Sears Canada , Benson and Hedges, and Swatch Watches. Christina believes that striving to encourage and inspire dancers artistically and intellectually can truly bring out the best in any individual who is passionate about the Arts. She considers herself a life- long student continuously seeking out new ways to expand as an artist and develop a new found appreciation in her craft. “Dance, dance or we are lost.” Pina Bausch
Bio provided by Christina
Check out what Christina had to say in this week’s feature…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Christina: My childhood friend taught me how to dance in her living room. She choreographed a routine and we performed it in front of our families. I told my mom I wanted to dance and she enrolled me that week.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Christina: I started choreographing when I was 6 years old. The first song…MC HAMMER “Can’t Touch This” with my friend Melissa Conte. (Good memoriesJ)
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Christina: To freestyle means to “express” yourself, to “lose” yourself and to “find” yourself. It gives you an opportunity to showcase your own talents and it is a great way to discover who you truly are as an artist. Embrace it!
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Christina: Everything that surrounds me is inspirational. From the way someone walks, to how someone picks up an object. My personal life experiences as well as others have greatly inspired me. Life in itself is art all you have to do is look around you, there is so much to create about and so many stories to tell. Knowing that you have the opportunity to change peoples’ lives as well as your own through artistic expression is motivational enough.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Christina: All of those who trained me believed in me and pushed me beyond my limitations. And to be honest, even the ones who doubted me or who had me doubting myself. Every person who has been a part of my dance world has not only enriched me as an artist but also as an individual. For that I am truly blessed!
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Christina: Miss Shameka Blake! She is a beautiful person and a talented choreographer. I love her tenacity, her drive but above all things her selflessness. She is a risk taker and I love that about her. Shameka’s choreography is full of intent; there is so much honesty in her work. You can tell that she never skips a beat, every moment counts. I also love how much she cares about her dancers, they aren’t just instruments to her, they are real people and she never forgets that.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)
Christina: “The Love Project” company members. I have such an amazing and talented group of dancers who are so open, honest and fearless in their craft. I love them all!! Each dancer brings something special and unique to the company. I am living my dream with these dancers and the best part is that we are all growing and learning from one another. Every rehearsal I walk into I am inspired and every time I leave rehearsal I am ignited!
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
Christina: Aside from running a dance studio (Artistic Edge Dance Company) with my amazing business partner Dar Zammit, I am currently producing and choreographing a professional dance production “The Love Project” which will be showcased on February 9th and 10th 2013 at The Al Green Theatre in Toronto. The Love Project is a collaboration of works that revolve around the universal emotion and experience of love. It is a journey that will take you through the beauty, the chaos, and the constant pursuit to find our “true” meaning of love in every facet of our existence. For more information on The Love Project you can visit our website! www.aedcloveproject.com For tickets visit HERE
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Christina: Toronto dancers are exceptional! They have heart and you can’t beat that. T.DOT dancers are hungry for growth and opportunity, I always see so much passion their eyes. Dancing is their livelihood and they all take pride in that. Love it!
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Christina: Never forget your roots, when times are tough it is something you will always want to go back to. Never forget why you are pursuing your passions. It may take a bit longer to find success in your venture but it is well worth the wait. Climb your mountain and you will see your way through. Be that person who can say they did what they loved in life and they were great at it! Believe that anything is possible because it really is! Being a dancer/artist is a true gift, cherish it;)
THANK YOU CHRISTINA FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
CHECK OUT THE PROMO FOR CHRISTINA’S UPCOMING SHOW “THE LOVE PROJECT”