Christine Maldonado is a wedding dance choreographer serving couples and families in Silicon Valley since 2011. After so many years of working as a performing artist and stage choreographer, Christine started CM Dance Company, a business dedicated to specifically creating dances and teaching movement for major special events-or what she also refers to as “the real life stage.”
While most of her clients are learning for wedding events, her choreography, instruction and artistic direction have been well received by other large scale private events, corporate events and educational school programs. No matter who she is working with, she encourages her clients to connect with one another, let go of any fears they may be carrying in their body, and creates the space for them celebrate their event every step of the way.
Christine holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance with a minor in musical theatre from San Jose State University.Her professional performing arts background includes working as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director for live performances and musical theatre productions throughout the Bay Area. She is also well known for her role as a performing arts educator to children throughout the Silicon Valley. Along with her extensive background in the performing arts, her instruction is supported by her personal practice and teacher training in yoga. She is trained in a heart-centered approach to alignment-based hatha yoga and specializes in teaching to prenatal and postnatal moms. If you would like to learn more about Christine’s professional credits, please visit her online resume.
CM Dance Company has been selected as a winner in “The Knot Best of Weddings”, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, for the third year in a row!! Check out what the couples are saying!
Christine is the way to go with your first dance. She is a creative mind, but also perceptive, which makes for a great experience. She will take your song beforehand and come prepared with some choreography and ideas, but her process is fluid, and she has a knack for adapting for the dancers’ abilities (or lack thereof) and personalities. We were very happy with our dance, and all the cheering, whistling and hollering that it helped produced. Oh, what a couple small lifts and spins can do! The song was not over-choreographed, yet still fancied up enough for the wedding. I also scheduled a last minute lesson for my dad and I with Christine a few days before the wedding, which helped immensely. No time for choreography, but definitely time for some emotional moments right there in the dance studio (hello watery eyes). It helped make the actual moment less awkward and much more enjoyable. Call Christine now if you are considering dance lessons!
We came to Christine with two songs we had in mind for our first dance. In just nine lessons, she choreographed two dances based on our two songs choices, and they were a hit! Christine had a vision for both dances throughout our time together and designed them based on our ability. She challenged us, helped us successfully execute several lifts, and made sure we were always comfortable with her direction. She recorded us dancing with her cues so that we could go home and practice like she was there with us. We always looked forward to her lessons and felt ready to go by wedding day. Christine also had an eye for what the wedding day would look like, photo opportunities, wow moments, entrance, and exit flow. We would recommend her to anyone regardless of song, dance choice, experience, or ability.
Christine is an amazing teacher. It was our first time taking dance lessons together, and she was very patient and supportive regardless of our constant mistakes. She choreographed our dance to our level and provided us a small video of one of our lessons to review at home. We had a theme for our wedding which she creatively took into consideration. If you’re having a themed wedding or are planning to wear a specific costume, I recommend you letting her know ahead of time so she can plan accordingly. She even taught us how to do some small modifications to our dance just in case we make a mistake on our big day. And, at the day of our wedding, we did have a small mishap at the beginning of the dance. However, through her guidance, we made the modifications and know one even knew it had happen!
We had a wonderful experience at CM Dance Company– Christine is the best! We did the 5 pack of lessons for our first dance, and are so glad we did. Christine helped us to plan a dance that not only fits our song, but also is perfectly tailored for our dance and comfort level. We feel so much more confident and excited about our first dance now at our wedding (which is coming up in a few days!) Christine even helped us to plan a short surprise dance, where she edited the song and helped us have a plan for our wedding party to join in! We are thrilled with our lessons and highly recommend for others!!
Christine was a wonderful instructor! We had a vision that was very ambitious for the timeframe we had, and she helped us narrow it down to something that was do-able. She listens to ideas and tries to incorporate them in the routine. She understands that the couple are not dancers and will help you perform something fit for your skill level so that you will look good, perform well, and most of all, have fun! We had fun during our lessons, and more importantly, had fun performing for our guests. Our guests were very impressed and enjoyed the routine.
Christine is one of the most thoughtful and genuine people I’ve met. Her ability to make my entire vision come to life, made my heart full! – and that’s hard, being a dancer myself. She was able to provide a comfortable environment for my non dancer husband and challenged me as a performer. My husband and I had a great time working together as a couple, thanks to Christine. I would recommend her services to any couple looking to create an unforgettable moment on their big day!