Cristina Cayere Shockey was in the first professional Company at Center Stage Performing Arts Center when Sherri Shortell opened its doors in 1990 as a non-profit to preserve the American Art form of Tap. Over 26 years she studied, performed and competed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. She taught jazz, tap, and lyrical jazz for 13 years at various dance studios in the area such as Karen’s Dance Factory, Linda’s Ballet Workshop and, of course, her second home Center Stage. She has won awards through competion and has performed at amazing venues such as Disney World, the Smithsonian Institution, and Wolf Trap. She also enjoyed performing at Little Theatre of Alexandria and was the Dance Captain for shows such as “Crazy for You” (Patsy) and “Anything Goes” (Angel). She danced at George Mason University during her undergraduate studies and because of her love of teaching kids, went on to earn her Masters o f Education.  Most recently Cristina choreographed Steven W. Rogers rousing new musical Revolutionary Gentleman and Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Anne of Green Gables.