Dean College is a small liberal arts college in the greater Boston area, which for more than 55 years has been a nationally recognized educational center for dance. Our renowned faculty and staff foster creativity, broaden perspectives, expand knowledge, develop proficiency, and prepare students for excellence in the vast field of dance. Our conservatory-level training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and related techniques, combined with targeted allied studies, will help you develop the skill and artistry necessary for successful careers on and off the stage.
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Currently a Principal Dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and Assistant Professor of Dance at Dean College. Kristina’s professional credits Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Showgirl, First Female and Westerner to perform the virtuoso Solo “Hanuman The Monkey King” in Bali, Indonesia, soloist of Lester Horton Dance Theatre (Artistic Director Don Martin), Molissa Fenley and Company, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and Washington Opera Ballet.
A two-year scholarship student at Jacob’s Pillow, Kristina has developed a rich history there returning as assistant/demonstrator to master teacher Milton Myers, who she traveled the world with in this prestigious position; as performer with Erick Hawkins Dance Company and BALAM Dance Theatre, and most recently to be recorded on film for an oral history and featured in performance with the Hawkins Company in their “virtual views” films, now part of the incredible Jacob’s Pillow Archives.
Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines. As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, “The Electric Company”, Kimberly Clark, “The View”, Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY”, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. Todd performed on field at Gillette Stadium for the 2015 and 2017 NFL Kickoff shows featuring T-Pain and Flo Rida respectively. His choreography has been seen in a commercial for BIC “Soleil” Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” staring 3- time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on “The View”, ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, Making Strides Boston, Dean College: 50 Years of Gold, Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial).