Christina Carter is choreographer and performance artist based in Oakland, California.
Christina was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and took her first ballet class in the basement of a casino at age nine. After only a few years, ballet fell by the wayside while she became more focused on sports and visual arts. She did not return to dance technique until she started school at University of Nevada, Reno. Christina had returned to ballet but also discovered her passion for modern dance and improvisation along the way. During her undergraduate career she performed in works by Cari Cunningham, Jennie Pitts-Knipe, Kristin Heavey, Katie Elliott, and Mabiba Baegne. In May 2011, Christina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Dance.
Christina's journey into becoming a dance artist has led her down many paths. From 2006-2008 she was a company member with Wing and a Prayer Dance Company under the direction of Sara Bogard and Deborah Smith. She has participated in interdisciplinary, durational, and site-specific works in a wide range of venues including historical homes, art gallery kitchens, and abandoned car washes. Christina also navigated the world of non-profit arts administration for a number of years and after re-evaluating her goals as a dance artist she returned to choreographing and performing.
Christina has a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Dance Performance from Mills College where she was the recipient of the Mary Kinkead Scholarship and The Liatis Foundation Fellowship in Dance. At Mills she performed in works by Shinichi Iova-Koga, Sonya Delwaide, Wanjuru Kamuyu; and trained under Kara Davis, Holley Farmer, Amy O'Neal, and Molissa Fenley.
Christina devotes herself fully to choreographing works and performing while continuing to collaborate with fellow art makers in the Mills community and beyond.