Meet Kristen San Miguel!

Introducing BDA’s Operations and Membership Associate

 

The arts, and particularly dance, have been a passion of mine since I was young, and I was very fortunate to have wide access to arts education growing up.

 

I took my first dance class at age 3, studied piano and guitar, performed as a part of drama clubs, began selling my own jewelry designs at age 18, and taught visual arts as an assistant to my watercolorist mother.

 

In just my dance career alone, I’ve studied ballet– Vaganova, Royal Academy of Dance, and Balanchine methods — jazz, hip hop, modern/contemporary–Graham, Limon, Horton, Dunham, and more– clogging, salsa, flamenco, tango, musical theatre, Irish Step, Scottish Highland, and various styles of ballroom and social dancing.

 

I am originally from Greenville, South Carolina where I studied dance with Vicki and Hilary Huskey at Le Chateau de Danse, Barbara English at English Theatre Arts, and Hernan Justo and Anita Pacylowski-Justo at the Carolina Ballet Theater. I also attended summer dance intensives at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

I moved to the Boston area to attend Wellesley College, where I earned my B.A. in Latin American Studies focusing on art, language, and culture. My passion for the study of Latin American culture is the result of interest in my own Latin heritage. While at Wellesley, I was president of the Wellesley College Dancers and studied abroad in Buenos Aires.

I have a Masters of Education in Arts from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I hope to give back to the arts for all it has given me by increasing dance visibility and expanding access to arts programs. I am very excited to begin my work at the Boston Dance Alliance serving the community I have come to call home.

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