A southeastern Kentucky native, Kristina Fluty is a
Chicago-based movement artist/educator/consultant who has been dancing and
teaching all around the city since 2002. Her primary creative/performance home
has been Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak since 2003, and she is also happy to present
her own work at Links Hall, Hamlin Park, Epiphany Church, Stage 773, and many
festivals and collaborations with other choreographers. She has danced with
Lucky Plush Productions, Carleen Healy, and Asimina Chremos in Chicago, as well
as Andrew Jannetti and Jenny Mendez in New York City, and Sonje Mayo and Kaylee
Cahoon in Nashville.
Kristina holds certifications in Laban Movement Analysis
and Movement Pattern Analysis, having trained with proteges of Irmgard
Bartenieff and Rudolf Laban, Carol-Lynne Moore and Warren Lamb. She has an MA
in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago, and a
BA in Dance with a minor in English from Point Park University. Other
influential training includes the Trisha Brown Dance Studio and the “downtown”
dance scene of New York City in the early 00’s, studying with artists such as
Kathleen Fisher, Wil Swanson, Miguel Gutierrez, David Dorfman, and Alexandra
Beller. She has practiced Contact Improvisation for twenty years, studying with
KJ Holmes, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Nita Little, Mark Koenig, and
Daniel Halkin. Personal practice of The Feldenkrais Method and her work with
Molly Shanahan are also largely influential in her creative work and pedagogy.
Kristina has taught movement, Laban Movement Analysis,
and/or dance at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, Columbia College
Chicago, the Lou Conte Dance Studio/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dovetail
Studios, and the University of Chicago. She has served as instructor and/or
movement coach for companies in Chicago such as the Lyric Opera, Mordine and
Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, BoneDanse, and Synapse Arts. Kristina was most
recently choreographer/movement coach for Theatre School productions of
Hansel and Gretel, The Coral King, and Prospero’s Storm.
She started Kinespark Consulting in 2015 as a home for
her offerings as a movement facilitator, coach, and analyst. She continues to
perform and teach as much as possible in Chicagoland.