At the age of three and in Sylva’s Community Services Building, Kristin began her dancing career under the instruction of Libby Trull. Over the years, her love for dance and performance grew, with a particular fondness for tap. A native of Jackson County, she grew up performing and competing with the Sylva School of Dance, The Dancer’s Pointe (of Waynesville and Sylva) and Body Lines of Sylva. One of her ballet teachers included Triple Threat’s very own Marilyn Cloutier. Kristin began teaching at the young age of thirteen when she began assisting teachers in their classes to help cover the costs of her own dance training. She has taken master classes under incredible artists such as Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Avi Miller, Ofer Ben, Frank Hatchett, Henry LeTang, Joe Tremaine, Germaine Salsberg as well as many other talented teachers.
She attended Appalachian State University, where she continued to study dance and vocal art, performing with the University Singers and the Advanced Ballet Company of ASU. While she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology, her love of the dance and the performing arts never faded. As a 20 year old, she earned a spot as a dancer and character for Walt Disney World, FL. While working in entertainment at the “most magical place on earth,” she enjoyed tap dancing in the Spectromagic and Mickey Mania Parades, as well as performing throughout the Magic Kingdom. During and after college, Kristin continued studying and teaching dance classes at dance studios in Sylva, Boone, Murphy, Orlando, FL and Chattanooga, TN. In Chattanooga, Kristin taught tap and jazz classes for the Civic Ballet of Chattanooga and Massari-Wood Dance Studio.
Kristin’s choreography throughout the years has earned awards such as “Best in Show,” “Best Overall,” “Outstanding Choreography,” and more. Some of her credits includeNewsies; An Excerpt, A Kudzu Revue, Carousel, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Ruthless. She believes that dance is a wonderful way to tell a story and should, through the music and dancers, elicit emotion from it’s audience. Dance is not about having a perfect hairstyle or costume, but rather true expression from within.
Kristin currently works as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCA), holding a Masters Degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University. She lives in Sylva with her three children, and believes that being back in Western North Carolina, with the beauty of the mountains all encompassing, is a true blessing from God. She is looking forward to a wonderful and fulfilling year of creating, exploring and dancing.