Christina-Maria Mittelmaier is a London-based ballet teacher. She studied dance in Greece and the US and has been updating and extending her expertise with workshops in Europe and the USA for more than 15 years. While she also studied RAD, the majority of her training and teaching is based on the Vaganova technique. Christina has over fifteen years of experience in teaching ballet and has taught students of all ages and backgrounds with diverse aims and objectives.
Pleasures of teaching
Christina has taught everybody from beginners to professional dancers and professional athletes of Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics. She has a track record of getting the very best out of her students, taking careful consideration of their training and their individual aims. Her very varied experience as a dancer, teacher and coach plays a major part in her teaching, making her classes particularly dynamic and inspiring.
The ballet student and dancer
While she had had regular ballet classes including RAD approved courses and attended many dance workshops, she went to Greece to study dance and dance teaching at the Greek State School of Dance. Since her graduation, Christina has been dancing in a variety of classical and contemporary productions in Europe.
In 1995, Christina was awarded a scholarship for studies with the Ballet Austin Academy. She danced soloist roles with the Company of Ballet Austin in such well-known classics as Don Quixote, Nutcracker, etc. and taught ballet at the Academy in the Youth and the Pre-professional Division.
The gymnast and coach
As a teenager, Christina was one of the most successful rhythmic gymnasts of Cyprus. She was a champion in Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics and was twice named "Athlete of the Year". Later, she became a choreographer and coach for the Cypriot team and accompanied the Cypriot delegation of the Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Team to many International Games including the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992. In 2000 the Cyprus Gymnastics Federation presented Christina with a special award for outstanding work in the 20th Century as Choreographer and Coach for the National Team of Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics.
Working in London
Since moving to London in 2001 Christina has taken up the position as head of ballet at D & B School of Performing Arts. She also has been teaching as guest teacher for Birkbeck College, is an approved ballet teacher for Morley College, and offers private and open classes at Danceworks.
While she always looks to further her knowledge in teaching dance, Christina also studied at the Open University. In 2005, she was awarded her diploma in Classical Studies and in 2010 her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Classical Studies.