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Kristi Hamelin

TBT | Jazz | Mini Team






Kristi Hamelin earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the University of California at Riverside and has been teaching, choreographing and performing for over 20 years.  Kristi began her formal dance studies in Palm Springs, CA at the Village Center for the Arts and continued training at the College of the Desert with Michelle Gaines, and Barat College in Lake Forest, Il with Rory Foster. During her time at UC Riverside, Kristi studied with Dance Department Professors Susan Rose, Fred Strickler and Jean-Marie Martz. Her studies emphasized Dance History, pedagogy, instruction and choreography.

Kristi's performance experience includes musical theater roles in Oklahoma!, Big River, Wizard of Oz, Evita, Will Rogers Follies, Mame, Cabaret, and Sweet Charity.  Kristi has performed roles in the classical ballets The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella.

As the Performing Arts teacher for Red Hill Lutheran School in Tustin, Kristi choreographed, staged and directed the annual Christmas and Spring Sing performances, taught Middle School Drama classes and coached the school's mini dance team.

Kristi was recognized by the Desert Theater League for best choreography of a ballet for her work in Palm Desert CA. and was nominated for the Disney's Teacher of the Year Award.

Kristi believes the Performing Arts, Musical Theater and dance environments offer each child the opportunity to discover new ways of moving, thinking, and expressing oneself.  These discoveries promote confidence, positive self-esteem, and genuine successes for people of all ages.  As an educator, Kristi feels blessed to share her love of the performing arts with the students of Tustin Dance Center.

Kristi’s daughter has taken classes at TDC for several years, and Kristi joined the TDC team as an instructor in 2011.

Kristi’s Role at TDC

Kristi teaches a TBT (Tap, Ballet, Tumbling) combination and Jazz I classes at TDC. She also teaches the Mini Team performing group.










Kristi Hamelin







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