Meet Artistic Director
Kristi Andarcia

Photo courtesy of Danny Howard and Noumenon Dance Ensemble

Mission of Kenwood School of Ballet and the ITwirl Dance Programs

The mission of Kenwood School of Ballet and the ITwirl Dance Programs is to provide high quality and dynamic dance programming for the local Hyde Park, Chicago schools and community. Our faculty strives to deliver passionate and creative dance education to all ages.

It is the ultimate goal of the Kenwood School of Ballet and the ITwirl Dance Programs organization that every child continues to believe in themselves and their potential for offering something unique to the world of dance and beyond.

Kristi Lynne Andarcia is the Artistic Director and Founder of the ITwirl Dance Program and the Kenwood School of Ballet. She is also the former Artistic Director of Chicago Professional Dance Company, Noumenon Dance Ensemble (2014-2015). She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Kristi graduated in 2007 with her Bachelor’s degree in Modern dance and classical Ballet from Belhaven University of Jackson, Mississippi. Kristi has also held her National Strength and Conditioning Association license as a certified personal trainer since 2004.

Kristi has over thirty years of dance training and performance experience. She has trained at the world renowned Performing Arts High School, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts from 2001-2003. Kristi has trained and performed in the greater New Orleans area with Javier Juarez Dance Company from 2000-2003. While with Mr. Juarez’s company, Kristi was trained in flamenco, Latin style jazz, hip-hop, and tap dance.

After moving to Chicago in 2009, Kristi has had the wonderful opportunity to train and perform Salsa, Mambo, and Cha-Cha for three seasons with Inspiracion Dance Company (formerly Chicago Latin Street Dance Company), one season with Modern Clave Dance Company, one season with Chicago Contemporary Dance Company and three seasons as a company dancer with Noumenon Dance Ensemble.

“I came to Chicago to pursue a dance career as a young woman. I never knew I would fall in love with this city, meet and fall in love with my husband, and to create a school for children to learn about and to fall in love with dance. I am blessed, humbled, and honored to be in the position to impact the lives of so many children. It is a privilege I do not take for granted.”

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