Chris is a Seattle native who played guard on Roosevelt High School's 1982 championship basketball team and grew up with dance at his family's renowned Ewajo Dance Workshop. As a shy kid in his mother's dance studio, Chris was fascinated by the teaching artists and professional dancers passing through. "They were some of the most engaging people I had ever met; very funny, but also wise and full of vitality, mental dedication, and discipline. To be in the midst of them, to see how they went about their work, creating dances and working together, was transformational for me. That was the spark. That spark ignited a teaching career that has continued for more than 25 years. Chris has contributed choreography to productions of the 5th Ave Musical Theater, The Village Theatre, Broadway Bound Children's Theater and others. He has collaborated with the Ladies' Musical Club to bring dance to PE classes in elementary schools and developed community dance programs in association with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Theatre Group.