“Sometimes ballet can be intimidating,” says Cristine Tatomer, “I try to alleviate some of those pressures, while still working towards proper technique. I like to share the meditative benefits of ballet. When you have so many body parts that must be controlled, you have no time to give brain space to stresses of life.” Cristine was born in Salt Lake City. She studied ballet with Mikal Casalino, taught at Casalino School of Creative Arts, and has performed with Ballet West. Since moving to Los Angeles, Cristine has worked with choreographers like Ryan Heffington, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Nina McNeely and Shannon Janet Smith at venues such as MOCA, LACMA, REDCAT, The Getty and The Hollywood Bowl. She has also worked on music videos for artists like Daft Punk, Peaches, and Young the Giant. She has been a guest artist for LACDC, and is a member of the MOVEMENT movement. Her class, which focuses on barre work to align the body and wake up the mind, is a meditation on movement and the self.