My name is Christine Maldonado. I am a dance teacher, choreographer, coach, and the proud owner of CM Dance Company. I specialize in providing private instruction, coaching, and programs to families celebrating major life occasions. Since the inception of my dance teaching business in 2012, I have helped countless of individuals, families, and communities celebrate, connect, and learn with dance and other modalities such as theatre, singing, and yoga. I am very thankful for everyone who has allowed me to be part of their lives as their dance teacher, coach, and guide.
Dancing has always been a source of inspiration for me-especially dancing with family and friends. I was raised with the family tradition of celebrating everything and anything with dance! At the age of 14, I began creating dances and organizing events for family and friends. Seeing the people I love most dancing with confidence and joy while they celebrate a special moment in time is what influenced me to pursue a career in the performing arts.
Upon graduating from San Jose State University in 2005 with a degree in dance and theatre, I began an extensive journey working professionally as a stage performer, choreographer, and teacher for various learning environments. In 2012, I decided to "leave the stage" and start CM Dance Company, a dance business specializing in event choreography and dance instruction for families celebrating major life occasions such as weddings, coming of age birthday events, and milestone anniversaries. In addition to this, I began privately coaching aspiring young performing artists-teaching them all that I have learned and continue to learn about auditioning, performing on stage, and how to navigate the demands of being a performing artist.
My journey into business was soon followed by my journey into motherhood. I supported this major life transition the best way I knew how-with dance-in the form of a yoga movement practice. Inspired by the overall wellness benefits of the practice, I became a 500 hour certified yoga instructor with a speciality in guiding prenatal and postnatal mothers through early motherhood. In 2016 I added private yoga instruction to my list of offerings and began working in the community as a yoga teacher.
In 2020 I took a pause from teaching due to the pandemic. During this unprecedented time, I was met with the decision of how I would educate my soon to be kindergartener. I choose to homeschool which led to the start of a new chapter for the life of my family and business. Being a homeschool family supports my personal teaching philosophy that anyone can learn when the instruction is tailored to the specific needs of the student. Entering into the homeschooling space presented me with the with the opportunity to create learning programs for other homeschool families. In 2022, I launched learning programs in dance, theatre, and storytelling tailored to the homeschool community.
CM Dance Company has now been in business for over 10 years and this is my story so far. I am glad to be back teaching full time once again. It is an absolute honor to serve the community in this way. Thank you to everyone who has allowed me to be part of their lives as a dance teacher, coach, and guide. As always, I am looking forward to dancing with you!
Maternity Leave in 2024
I am thrilled to share that I am expecting my second child and giving birth in January of 2024!
From January to March, I will be on maternity leave and plan to open up my private lesson schedule starting April 1st. A waiting list has been created for those who would like to be notified if my private lesson schedule opens up sooner than planned. If you know you would like to work with me after April 1st, you can schedule your session online now. Homeschool learning programs will be offered once again in the Fall of 2024. Thank you for your patience as I enter into a new season of my life.