Raised in New York, Kristen began dancing when she was two years old. By the age of 16, she attended Dance Educators of America and became certified to teach all areas of dance, acrobatics, anatomy and musical theory. Kristen attended California Lutheran University on an academic scholarship and was later granted an endowment scholarship before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. While a student, she was a member of the Regal Dance Team, the first dance team in the University’s history to become nationally ranked. Kristen is currently the co-director of Reﬂections in Dance West and serves as the Administrative Director of Reﬂections in New York. Kristen strives to keep her students connected to the community by performing at various local events that support important causes. In 2010 Kristen founded the Dance for a Cure organization for Multiple Sclerosis. Featured by the world renowned TED-X, Dance for a Cure aims to help raise funding and awareness to help find a cure for MS. To date, in conjunction with local partners, Dance for a Cure has raised over $50k for their cause. Kristen is an exemplary role model for her students and her superlative leadership qualities consistently bring her students to higher plateaus.