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Christina Ratatori

  • Dance
I am a Dance Professional

artist bio

Christina Ratatori has always had a passion for dance and education. For over ten years in education, she has maintained a special interest in teaching children through the arts. She has taught dancers ages three through adult at local studios, public school districts, and for theatre productions in the Milwaukee, La Crosse, and Boston areas. Ms. Ratatori has been both an Arts@Large artist, as well as a dance educator with A.W.E. (Artists Working in Education). She was fortunate to work for Boston College in the Boston Public Schools. It was in Deborah Meier’s Mission Hill School where she integrated dance into the curriculum through health education.

Ratatori received her Masters in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. She has a dual teaching certification in both education (1-9) and dance. Ratatori was chosen to participate in Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute’s (NDI) Intensive Training in NYC, prior to arriving at Elm Creative Arts Elementary School where she was their dance teacher for six years. At Elm, Christina created the Elm S.W.A.T. Team, integrating health and wellness with hip-hop dance. In addition, she continues to use arts integration in her work as a dance educator and has been awarded grants for her innovative and child-centered work in Boston and Milwaukee. Ms. Ratatori has studied with the Joffrey Ballet during their summer teacher institute. A true life-long learner and acknowledging the importance of being one as an instructor, she has worn her dance shoes as a student with Laurie Ann Gibson, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, and Mia Michaels.

In 2010, Christina launched a.r.t. (artists. rallying. together.). a.r.t. is an organization bringing artists of all types (dancers, painters, poets, musicians, etc.) together to raise awareness to the importance of arts education in our schools. Through events such as book talks and benefit concerts, funds are raised to give children more art. a.r.t. is also a tool for local educators and artists to stay up-to-date on arts advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Christina is thankful for Tabitha and Napoleon (So You Think You Can Dance) for being her first hip-hop teachers and inspiring her to use dance in a positive way with young people.

artist statement

Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.
~ Roy Adzak

As an arts education advocate, I use arts integration when working in the schools. My philosophy follows three key ingredients when working with kids: 1. Work hard. 2. Be kind. 3. Have fun.

When dancing with older students, I find it important to include their creativity & choreography into dance pieces. (Although this happens with the little ones, too!)

Dance genres include the following: ballet, tap, jazz, African, creative movement, contemporary, & hip-hop

Programming options include ...
before school
after school
lunch program
all-school community building
arts centers
arts integration (academics + dance/movement)