Cristina Bucci is a Vancouver-based dancer, choreographer and teacher whose career has taken her around the globe. She started as a self taught dancer with her formal training starting as a teenager in Surrey, BC. Since then she has trained in Vancouver, Los Angeles and London, England in styles ranging from locking to jazz.
As a dance artist she has been given many opportunities to be a part of numerous exciting projects. Some highlights include the International Dance Seminar in Brazil, Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver International Dance Festival, CypheFest International Dance Festival, Avant Garde Dance (UK), working with artists such as Young MC, Indian opera singer Veera Devi Khare, Lil Buck and with spoken word artist Scruffmouth Scribe through Brief Encounters. She has also toured Egypt and Israel with Big Fish Management alongside Lisa Brokop, choreographed for C3: CreateLAB Vortex Dome at LA Center Studios and danced hundreds of shows throughout British Columbia with urban dance crew, Project Soul through ArtStarts.
The past 20 years have also been dedicated to developing her skill as a dance educator and mentor. She acted as assistant director of training company The SOULdiers for eight years, worked with women and children in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, was head of the outreach dance program for Kidsafe, frequently teaches workshops at elementary and high schools, as well as more formal dance studio settings, such as the acclaimed Harbour Dance Centre and Bridge and Enrich Lives Society, while working as a registered holistic nutritionist and presenting her “Nutrition for Dancers” seminars to dancers of all ages.
In 2014 Cristina founded the street dance-based collective, OURO along with her colleagues Maiko Miyachi, Dean Placzek, Mark Siller, and Rina Pellerin. United around the common goal of pushing the boundaries of how street dance-based works are created and presented, OURO has been dedicated to creating performances that explore the full range of possibilities and identities we represent.
Cristina is currently acting as the Managing/Co-Artistic Director of OURO Collective and aims to bring street dance-based work to the forefront of the arts in BC, Canada and beyond.