Faculty

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, a traditional Nutcracker story with a made in Vermont twist, as well as a new spring work annually at the Barre Opera House. The Moving Light Dance Summer Performance Intensive has presented original works including the Velveteen Rabbit, Wisdom of the Herbs and an original interpretation of Giselle.

Christine has choreographed and/or performed for many local community events such as Traces, 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. She danced the role of the Farmer and other farm animals and vegetables in Ballet Vermont’s Farm to Ballet. She has presented work at the Winter Dance Gala with the Vermont Dance Alliance and collaborated with duo pianist Mary Jane Austin and vocalist Erik Kroncke to present “La Belle Vie” at the Plainfield Opera House.

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, Chicago Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Boston 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. During her studies at Purchase Christine came to Vermont one March with her composition teacher Tarin Chaplin for a weekend of outdoor site specific choreography. She created a dance on a clear cut hillside on a farm in Worcester. This experience was by far one of the most inspiring as well as healing. Eventually Christine, by following her heart, ended up in Vermont where she founded Moving Light Dance School and Company in 2000 in Plainfield.

 

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.