Chrissy Martin is an interdisciplinary performing artist and movement educator with a background in dance, vocal performance, experimental theater, and somatics, currently pursuing her Dance MFA in the Smith College Fellowship program. In her work, Chrissy strives to blur the lines between voice and movement, performers and audience, and the personal and political. She has been a facilitator and leader of the Chicago contact improvisation jam, and has taught various CI workshops around the midwest. She has been an adjunct professor of dance improvisation at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University, as well as teaching social dance and social emotional learning skills to Public School students in the greater Chicago area. She has produced independent dance/voice works at Links Hall and Hamlin Park in Chicago, and Light Box in Detroit.
Somatic practices such as Pilates, Gyrotonic ® Expansion System, Body Mind Centering, and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals inform Chrissy’s integrated movement style. Chrissy has been an avid Pilates student for 12 years and a certified instructor for 6 years. She was first introduced to Pilates through studying dance, and instantly fell in love with how her body felt after a session: strong, relaxed, and balanced. She received her Power Pilates mat certification in 2012, her Peak Pilates comprehensive equipment certification in 2013, and her Pilates Method Alliance certification in 2018. In addition to her passion for Pilates, Chrissy has been practicing Gyrotonic Ⓡ Expansion System for 3 years, received her Gyrotonic Ⓡ certification in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Gyrokinesis Ⓡ certification. Chrissy finds that both Pilates and Gyrotonic Expansion System Ⓡ help keep her centered, balanced, and strong, complementing the rigors of continuing her dance technique training. She is passionate about spreading the benefits of somatic movement training to a diverse population of clients and students, and is honored to continue deepening her study and practice in the supportive community of the Five College Dance Department.