Course Description:

Students will discover their individual movement voices by working collaboratively, saying yes, being non-judgmental, and taking adventurous risks as movers in the “Intro to Improvisational Movement” short course. Class will consist of prompts or scores that we will practice together and individually always as a community. These prompts or scores will lead us to grow as hyper-aware individuals — confident in our instantaneous decisions and excited to live fully in the dancing moment.


Christina Soriano

Christina Tsoules Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University where she teaches a wide spectrum of courses in the dance program: Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation, Dance Composition, a first year seminar about dance and film, and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular. Christina received her MFA in dance from Smith College and has danced for many inspiring choreographers, including Heidi Henderson and B.J. Sullivan and Amy Love Beasley. In addition to the new works she creates for the Wake Forest Dance Company each year, Christina’s choreography has been presented throughout New England, North Carolina, New York and in Vienna, Austria. Choreographic or teaching residencies include the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amherst College, Trinity College (CT), Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College and Providence College. Christina has also premiered new work at the Carolina Summer Music Festival since 2013. Christina regularly teaches a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in two scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help their mobility and balance. She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation to hold improvisational dance workshops for professionals who work with patients in the NC Parkinson community. Christina is about to embark on a Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – funded study that will test improvisational dance methods as a way to improve cognition and balance for those living with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Theatre Journal, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. Christina’s two young daughters, Evie and Penny, constantly inspire her and the work she creates.