Kristine Bendul, a former classical ballerina turned Broadway veteran who kept one foot in the ballroom world, made history with her professional dance partner becoming America’s FIRST professional male-female couple to compete in the DanceSport ballroom as GENDER NEUTRAL, equally exchanging lead-follow roles within all 5 American Rhythm dances. Kristine uses her artistic voice to spread the message of gender equality & inclusivity, guest teaching at universities, dance congresses and conceiving new works. In 2019, Kristine wrote, directed, and choreographed The Color Iz at the iconic Stonewall Inn. The dance short, “2 of Us,” created at the height of the pandemic won the BEST CONCEPT award in the Buddha International Film Festival. Kristine directed and choreographed The Blues Brothers cine-immersive experience at Radial Park this past summer and is one of two lead subjects of the feature documentary Follow Lead Love coming out at the end of 2021.