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Kristine Maria Gonzalez

Kristine Maria Gonzalez, MA (she/they) is a Taino artist, professor, graphic designer, and lover of all things bright! Born in the Bronx and raised in Jersey by her amazing mom, Kristine completed their dance training at a local ballet school in Northern NJ and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. They graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Studies (Dance, Community and Social Justice) and a minor in International Studies. After graduating, Kristine discovered Pure Barre, receiving their certification in 2016 and continues to teach throughout Northern NJ. They have worked with dance educators such as Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Ballet Academy East, Marymount Manhattan College, in addition to The Mayo Performing Arts Center, Urban Bush Women, and Kyle Marshall Choreography. Kristine graduated from New York University with their Masters in Performing Arts Administration, focusing on marketing and racial equity, diversity and inclusion within performing arts organizations. Currently, Kristine teaches Dance As An Artform at Marymount Manhattan College. She is a firm believer in the difference the arts can make in an individual’s life and strives to be able to share and create equal opportunities for community members to not only experience the arts but fall in love with them just as much as they have.