Born

January 20, 1973

Member since May 30, 2020

Chris Widlund Underhill, VT

As a child growing up in SC, I was a competitive gymnast. My couch required team members to take ballet classes so that we could be "graceful" as well as "bundles of muscle". After many classes of "forgotten" tights and ballet slippers (because gymnasts don't wear tights), she finally started to get us interested. When I forced to leave gymnastics due to a debilitating injury, I was so thankful for all those dance classes. I attended The Fine Arts Center, a performing arts high school in Greenville, S.C and the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts summer intensive. Then went on to receive a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois. After college, I was involved in a number of dance endeavors: performing with Marvin Dance in NYC, choreographing for & performing with U of I Dance Department seniors, teaching & performing site specific work at a summer camp in Vermont.

Life took me in many different directions over the next twenty years: outdoor guide for mountain biking, backpacking, and canoeing in VT, working as an EMT & teaching emergency medicine in NH, becoming a licensed massage therapist in Seattle, WA. Then Vermont called me back to build my massage practice, Stillpoint, and to become a momma.

It was not until I was trying to reconnect with my body after the birth of my daughter in 2012 that dance reentered my world. Initially, it was in the form of belly dance, hoop dance, and pole dance. Then I flew on fabric for the first time in the summer of 2017 with Nicole Dagesse. I was in love. Movement. Partnering. Flying. I discovered a beautiful triad through which I could rebuild and rediscover my inner dancer. I continue to study with Nicole at World Tree Yoga, Aerial, and Dance. I am re-exploring ground work during the pandemic.

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Born

January 20, 1973

Member since May 30, 2020

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