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, choreography for Yarita Yu Ballet Company in Tokyo, Dancing on the Edge, touring Japan with OURO Collective, 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 seven years and part of various outreach dance programs, such as Kidsafe, Share Dance, The Power of Dance (The Dance Centre), and working with children and women in the downtown east-side through various programs. Cristina is also a registered holistic nutritionist and presents her “Nutrition for Dancers” seminars to dancers of all ages and works with clients one on one.
In 2014 Cristina founded the street dance-based collective, OURO along with her colleagues Maiko Miyauchi, 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.