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Christina Ricucci

Date of Birth: 9/5/1998
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Country: United States
Awards: Teen Best Dancer 2013, The Dance awards See more

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Biography

Christina Ricucci, 17, lives in Los Angeles California. She began dancing at the age of 2, and trains extensively in ballet, contemporary and jazz, as well as lyrical, tap, hip hop and musical theater. Christina is a 7-time National Champion soloist and toured the United States and Canada as a demonstrator with both the JUMP and NUVO Dance Conventions, after she was awarded the National Title of “Best Dancer” from the Dance Awards. She appeared on the covers of Dance Spirit Magazine, as their Cover Model Winner and Inside Dance Magazine. Christina has trained at intensives at The Juilliard School, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Martha Graham, Limon, Batsheva/Gaga and the NYCDA Winter Intensive at the Juilliard School. Christina has trained for a number of years with National award-winning studios Murrieta Dance Project, Westside Dance Project and Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, as well as with private coaching in both the Vagonova and Cecetti methods. Christina has worked with acclaimed teachers and choreographers such as Peter Chu, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Billy Bell, Nick Lazzarini, Norbert De La Cruz, Teddy Forance, Jason Parsons, Dwight Rhodan, Desmond Richardson and Mia Michaels. She has received scholarships from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Jose Carreno Ballet, and The Rock School for Dance Education. Christina was a Youth America Grand Prix Hope Award Recipient, 1stplace classical winner, and was a Gold Medalist at the World Ballet Competition.

Christina is also an actress and singer, represented by both Abrams Artist Agency and Bloc Talent. Christina has danced and acted in films, commercials, industrials, music videos, projects for Disney and has modeled for Discount Dance Supply, Urban Dancewear, Art Stone, Marcea and was a Capezio-NYCDA Model Search winner. Scheduled to be released is a collaborative dance photography book with David Hofmann (sharkcookie). In addition to being a cover model, Christina was named “One of 15 to Watch in the Competition World” and “Who’s Who on the Comp Scene”, by Dance Spirit Magazine, and has been featured in several articles in Dance Spirit such as well, including one chronicling Christina’s struggle and ultimate recovery from Lyme disease. Christina contributes to Inside Dance Magazine as an Inside Dance Ambassador, and writes for Dance Lifestyle Magazine as well. Christina is the 2015 “Cultural Architect” leadership award winner, receiving recognition for her advocacy for Lyme disease awareness and for her dedication to helping others through her non-profit charity and community service work. Christina is excited to continue developing Artists Giving Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization she co-founded, that promotes kindness and acceptance of diversity for all. Christina is thrilled to represent Capezio as a Capezio Athlete.

Dance Genres/Specialties
I specialize in ballet and contemporary, but i do train in all styles of dance. I think it’s important to have a diverse training platform.


Awards

  • World Ballet Competition (Gold Medalist) 2012
  • 3 time NYCDA gala performer
  • NYCDA national teen outstanding dancer runner up 2014
  • 7 time national qualifier, YAGP
  • Hope Award, YAGP 2012
  • Cultural Architect Award 2015

Accomplishments
Founder of non-profit organization, “”Artists Giving Hope”” which focuses on inspiring dancers/artists to be kind and accepting no matter your race, gender, sexuality or beliefs. Our organization has performed and done workshops around the country inspiring young artists with our message of kindness.
Touring/assisting/working with top of the line commercial choreographers and teachers such as Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Nick Lazzarini, Andrew Winghart, Misha Gabriel etc…

Explored more of the concert side of the dance world when I attended the Netherlands Dance Theatre intensive when I was 15 and got to work with some of the company members and learn repertory from Jiri Kylian and Crystal Ptie.

I’ve also had the great privileged of attending The Juilliard School summer intensive two summers in a row.
Also overcoming Lyme Disease and being an advocate and a role model for other dancers dealing with an illness or a struggle.

FUN FACTS

First thing that comes to mind when you say “CAPEZIO”
Variety! There is so much variety within the brand and the company and always so much to choose from, which i love!

Favorite “CAPEZIO” item
I love Capezio’s leotards, particularly their lace leos or long-sleeve leos. I love wearing them everywhere from class, to auditions!

Advice to other dancers…
Always be kind. Have an eager, passionate and openminded approach about everything you encounter as an artist, but never forget to humble and gracious.

Unusual fact/love/habit/goal/ability that other people might not know about…
I have a HUGE passion about acting!!! I plan on diving into it more as i get older. I also taught myself to play guitar when i was 13, so I love to sing and play whenever i get the chance. Something else that is very important to me is my love for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!