Kristin Mudge has been dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing in some capacity for over 45 years. She was lucky to train at The Elizabeth Rockwell School of Dance in Westchester County, NY, whose namesake, the founding Chairman of the Dance Department of the High School of the Performing Arts in NYC, had easy access to the highest caliber teachers of the day. Kristin went on to earn a BA in Drama from Vassar College, where she was also a member of the Vassar Dance Theatre.
As a dancer for Rondo Dance Theatre, “one of the leading modern dance repertory companies in NY State”, Kristin had the opportunity to perform historic works by Murray Louis, Donald McKayle and Helen Tamiris. Later, with the Barnspace Dance Project, she reveled in the creative process as she collaborated with dancers from Mark Morris, Twyla Tharpe, Toronto Dance Theatre and Paul Sanasardo Dance Companies, among others. Her work “Ball Room”, a playful piece featuring red playground balls, was selected for presentation in the Hastings Arts Council’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase. That and other works, including Water Dance and I Love Cars/Shoes, were performed in various venues: from the SoNo Arts Festival to the Emlin Theatre; from the Fairfield Quick Center to the Nutmeg Ballet. Her concept of choreographed pedestrian movement, performed in public spaces by a gradually growing group of people, startled onlookers a good quarter of a century before the flashmob hit the scene!
Kristin’s varied performance experience runs the gamut: from Lincoln Center to elementary schools; from national television to outdoor Arts Festivals; from university Performing Arts Centers to off off Broadway. She taught extensively for many years in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, where she piloted a program to bring fitness to schools through dance. She has choreographed many years worth of high school musicals, originally for Easton/Redding Region 9 and now for NWRegional 7, both in CT. A long-time AFAA certified fitness instructor, Kristin specializes in dance fitness. She is also certified by Mark Morris to teach dance to people with Parkinson’s Disease, and is a Kripalu certified yoga instructor.
With her husband Grant and their two black lab mixes, she runs an organic farm where they grow the most fabulously delicious heirloom tomatoes, which are available only at the Norfolk Farmers Market, and to friends and fitness class participants!