Kristen started her dance education at the age of six with Myers Dance Studio and Northeast Ballet Company in Schenectady, NY. While there, she was trained in classical ballet and other dance forms such as Martha Grahm modern dance, and Jazz. Kristen took several master classes from Peter Frame, Deborah Wingert, Edward Villella, and Wendy Whelan. She performed in NEB annual productions of The Nutcracker from the age of seven through age eighteen, performing such roles as; party girl, doll, confection, Russian lead, Marzipan, Snowflake, Chinese lead, and Flower Demi Soloist. She also performed in NEB annual productions of Cinderella performing such roles as; clock scene, and Lady in waiting. Kristen participated yearly in NEB recital performances and summer intensive dance camps. After graduating from high school she went on to study at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where she danced with the Mercyhurst Dance Department. Along with taking classes there she also performed with them in “Raw Edges II and III”, Cinderella, and Giselle. Graduating in 2003 she moved to Pittsburgh where she spent time taking class and guest dancing for Ballet Baroque where she performed in their production of The Nutcracker as Arabian and Marzipan Lead. She also performed in their production of Giete Pariesian as the lead Glove Seller. In addition she took classes and performed with the La Roche College dance department in Swan Lake. She has taught ballet since 2006 at M&M Dance Academy in Monroeville, PA and has also taught Mat Pilates since 2008 at The Club Sport and Health. She has also been co-leader of the Greater Works Outreach Dance Ministry and danced often before the congregation. In November 2011 Kristen returned to her home company of Northeast Ballet and taught ballet for the school and danced and performed again with the Company in their annual Spring concert and annual production of The Nutcracker in such roles as Snow Pas De Deux, Spanish Lead, and Party Scene Mother. She also participated in the Stories That Dance program that Northeast Ballet does in conjunction with Proctor’s Theatre.