Christina hermann, instructor

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Christina grew up in Montreal, Quebec where she began dancing at the age of three with Ms. Carol & Ms. Tresa at West Island Dance. She continued to dance at WID until she moved to Oregon at the age of 16 where she studied under the instruction of Ms. Tresa Cooper and Ms. Diane Zink.  She began teaching at TDC when she was 20 while getting her associates in early childhood education. She danced for Spectrum Dance Company for 5 years until she began a family.  Christina currently teaches preschool in Tualatin, where she lives with her husband, two children and their doggie Asher.

She teaches: Ballet, Tap, Jazz

Get to know Christina better:

When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing?  I started dancing when I was three.  My mom ran a dance studio, so I was there OFTEN. I was so blessed to be able to take classes whenever I wanted.  Dance was just part of my life. The studio was my family.  I was a pretty shy child, so dance gave me a way to express myself.

Why did you want to become a dance instructor?  I love working with children. I feel like teaching dance is a dream job as I can do the two things I love most, dancing and teaching. It is so rewarding to see a child get that “Aha” moment as they master a dance move. I love celebrating with them during these times. I also think it is so important for children to have creative outlets.  And what better way to express yourself than dance!

Do you still dance or take dance lessons even though you are an instructor?  I would love to say that I take classes every day but life as a parent is busy! I try to squeeze in ballet classes whenever I can.  I can’t imagine my life without taking dance at all though! 

What is your favorite style of dance and why?  My first passion is ballet.  It is so graceful and strong at the same time. I also enjoy dancing lyrical and liturgical. I love the emotion that is portrayed in these styles.

What is the hardest part about dance to you and why?  I think the hardest part is not being able to dance all the time.  I would love to take classes more often like I used to. The older I get the harder it is to maintain my strength and flexibility. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance?  I love spending time with my family, hiking, camping, reading and knitting & crocheting.

What is your favorite dance quote and why?  My favorite quote is by Martha Graham - "Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body." I love this quote because it expresses exactly how I feel when I dance.