Christine Hands is a dance artist and educator currently pursuing her MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland.
Christine believes in the power of dance art to emotionally and intellectually educate all members of society. Through this process of education, social change can begin to occur. By spreading awareness and building tolerance, we can harness the power of art to better communities.
Christine received her BFA in dance with honors and her BA in English from the University of Iowa. While in school, she had the privilege of dancing for notable choreographers including David Dorfman as well as touring Iowa with a local dance company. In 2007, Christine presented excerpts of her choreography “Tease” alongside an academic paper about masculinity performance on the Western stage at the University of Iowa Craft Critique Culture Conference.
Following her time in Iowa, Christine spent eight years working in the Chicago dance community where she instructed dance in various locations. Christine has taught and choreographed as far abroad as London, England and worked with students of all ages and ability levels. In Chicago, Christine taught in public schools and local studios.
While in Chicago, Christine danced for a number of companies including Matter Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago), and Core Project Chicago, where she served as Associate Artistic Director. She has also appeared as a guest artist with Mordine and Company.
Christine’s choreography has been presented at a number of national and local festivals and venues including Fringe Festivals across the US as well as the Going Dutch and Bonesbare Festivals produced by Core Project Chicago. She has also brought her choreography to Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Since arriving in Baltimore, Maryland, Christine has wasted no time getting involved in local art. She has taught at a variety of studios as a faculty member as well as guest artist and has performed for notable choreographers including Mamela Nyamza, Orange Grove Dance Theater, and at the Peace Ball in Washington D.C. She has presented at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Next Now Festival and has shown her work in Baltimore with BIDA and The Collective.
In addition to educating, performing, and choreographing, Christine has curated festivals, directed repertory performances, and self-produced her own work. In 2013, Christine produced her first full-length work entitled "ICICLES" at the Chicago Fringe Festival. In 2016, Christine collaborated with visual artist and Salisbury University Professor John Mosher on a full-length production entitled “The Chromanauts,” which was presented at Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin, Illinois and then reprised in 2017 at Salisbury University. In 2018 Christine was a collaborator on two more evening length works. "Citizen Displaced" is a work made in tandem with composer Pablo Salazar, featuring 8 moving musicians and 7 dancers. The work focuses on the refugee crisis. "Tertiary Spaces" is an interactive dance work made with her cohort at the University of Maryland and presented as part of the Clarice's Second Season.
Christine's research is focused on access and inclusion: onstage, in the dance classroom, and in our communities. She has presented her research at the ACDA Mid-Atlantic North Conference at University of Maryland in March 2017, at a Baltimore Country Public Schools Workshop Day in August 2017, at the Making Interventions Symposium at University of Maryland on October 13, 2017, and at a Going Dutch Festival Talk in Elgin, Illinois on May 26, 2018. In the summer of 2018, Christine worked as an intern at Mark Morris Dance Center in New York City where she focused on accessibility as part of her internship. Christine has attended AXIS Dance Company's Teacher Training as well as an Introductory Dance for Parkinson's training.