Kristin Ruggieri received her formal training at The Academy of Ballet Etudes in Norwalk. She continued her studies at the Joffrey School, and with renowned teachers Finis Jhung and David Howard. Kristin was a scholarship student at SUNY Purchase’s esteemed dance department and also studied musical theater and dance on scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College. She has performed soloist roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Pas de Quatre, La Sylphide, La Boutique Fantasque, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty and many other classical and contemporary ballets. In 2007 she had the privilege of appearing in George Balanchine’s Who Cares, and was coached by Judith Fugate, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Balanchine ballerina. Kristin has been teaching since 1994 at local schools including The Academy of Ballet Etudes and Just Dance, and was the owner of Easton Dance Academy from 2001-2012. Teaching has always been Kristin’s main focus and passion and she applies her knowledge, experience and expertise as a dancer and teacher to each pointe shoe fitting. Over the past 14 years she has established a reputation that attracts students from as far away as New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Manhattan.
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