Christine Harris is the director of Moving Light Dance School and Company since 2000. Moving Light Dance Company is a collaboration between local artists and students of the school. The company presents the original Green Mountain Nutcracker as well as a new spring work annually at the Barre Opera House. Christine has choreographed and/or performed for many local community events such as All Species Day, Celebrate the Winooski, Enchanted Forest, Ice on Fire, First Night, 350 Vermont Climate Change Cabaret and the Celebration of the Earth Charter at Shelburne Farms. Christine teaches creative movement, ballet and modern classes. Her students have gone on to attend programs at schools such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, ABT, Nutmeg Conservatory, Burklyn and Chicago Ballet. She grew up dancing in NYC at the Staten Island Ballet and Martha Graham School. She earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory.
Vladimir Roje received his BS and MS from the State Academy of Music and Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a principal dancer at National companies in Bulgaria, Germany, and Austria and ,with the Carolina Ballet, NC ,New Jersey Ballet. Currently,Mr.Roje is a guest principal dancer with Westchester Ballet and Albany Berkshire Ballet where he is a visiting teacher at the companies schools as well. Mr. Roje is a decorated medalist in International Ballet competitions all over Europe. He is also a teacher and choreographer at the Varna School of Ballet, New Jersey Ballet School and Stowe Dance Academy. His repertoire includes the leading parts in most classical ballet ,such as: Swan Lake,Sleeping Beauty,Romeo and Julia,Giselle,Cinderella ,Coppelia,Nutcracker ,Esmeralda ,etc. During his career he has been coached and worked with world ballet experts ,such as Yuri Grigorovich (Bolshoi Ballet) ,Irina Kolpakova (Marinsky and ABT),Alexander Grant (Royal Ballet) ,Eva Evdokimova (International ),Dina Biorn (Royal Danish Ballet ) ,etc.
Avi Waring is a native Vermonter who studied classical ballet and modern dance with the Vermont Ballet Theatre School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and the Newcomb Dance Company at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1999-2004, she studied and performed improvisational dance and sketch comedy with the Heretica Dance Company of Zendik Arts. She returned to VT in 2005, and co-founded Ballet Wolcott, a dance school dedicated to creativity and community through dance. Avi is a co-founder of The Montpelier Movement Collective, and is also a freelance dancer who has worked with many local dance artists including, Paul Besaw, Hannah Dennison, Polly Motley, Pauline Jennings and Maris Wolff. Avi is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, and brings her own fascination with anatomy and biomechanics to her dance teaching.
Natalie Wheeler joined Moving Light as a student in 2003. As her first experience with dance in a classroom setting, the school provided a welcoming environment in which she and fellow young dancers were encouraged to strive for improvement—both in athleticism and self-awareness. Natalie participated in many of Moving Light’s company performances, and through the school she has remained connected to dance as a form of community throughout the years. The training provided by Moving Light has allowed her to participate in other Vermont dance projects as well, including on a professional level as an apprentice with the Montpelier Movement Collective from 2012 to 2013. While she hopes to continue pursuing dance beyond the classroom, Natalie cannot overestimate the value of her experience with Moving Light. She has always been inspired by the attitude and ideals of the school’s founder, Christine Harris, and Natalie is excited to be given the opportunity to work more closely with her as a student teacher. Natalie wants nothing more than to reiterate the school’s message of physical and emotional health to every young dancer.
Willow Wonder received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and The London Contemporary School of Dance. She has been teaching and choreographing at the Moving Light School of Dance since 2004. She brings to her teaching a diverse knowledge of styles and techniques including classical ballet, Cunningham, Limon, Graham, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Klein and Release Techniques, Ashtanga Yoga and Belly Dancing. She has performed original works by Doug Varone, Tere O’Conner, David Dorfman and many others.
Since moving to Vermont from New York City in 2000, Willow has joyfully worked with VT based dance artists Tarin Chaplin, Hannah Dennison, Paul Besaw and Polly Motley. She has been a member of The Double Vision Dance Company, directed by Pauline Jennings and Sean Clute, since 2011. In 2010 she co-founded the Montpelier Movement Collective and has had her own choreography presented at the Flynn Mainstage, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Phantom Theater, Goddard College, Lost Nation Theater, and Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.
Being a part of the Moving Light faculty continues to challenge and reward her and the joy of bringing dance into young people’s lives has been beyond measure.