Kristi has served as the Associate Director of BAM!, Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s performance ensemble that began in 2004 under the direction of Lane Alexander, where she started as a founding company member. In addition, she performed for 13 seasons with The Cartier Collective (formerly Especially Tap Chicago) under the direction of Julie Cartier. Kristi has been a tap coach for the National tour of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” (Chicago) and, most recently, performed at the Kennedy Center in their first full-length American tap concert with BAM!. In 2006, she was chosen to work with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago founder, Lou Conte, on his tribute piece to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Kristi has been on faculty at Rhythm World, the world’s largest festival of tap and percussive dance, Tap on Barcelona, and the Reus Tap Festival. She has taught at Lou Conte School of Dance (home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), the American Rhythm Center, the University of Chicago, as well as various Chicagoland studios. In 2012, she was the recipient of a Neighborhood Arts Program grant from the City of Chicago for her after-school work with low-income schools. She can also be found teaching master classes and workshops throughout the U.S., and can be seen in the PBS documentary series “Dance in Chicago” highlighting Fayard Nicholas. Kristi holds a B.S. in Health and Sport Sciences from the University of Oklahoma.
Choreography by: Kristi Burris