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Congratulations to all our Fall 2024 admitted students! We can’t wait to welcome you to NYC this fall. Be sure to make your deposit today to secure your spot.

I. Chris Houston




Music & Composers

To Build a Home (feat. Patrick Watson) by The Cinematic Orchestra



Amanda Tarr (she/her)

Brooke Barnes (she/her)

Carmen Gemellaro (she/her)

Emi Wightlin (she/her)

Grady Callahan (he/him)

Isaac Fry (he/him)

Kori Byrd (she/her)

Mille Anderton (she/her)

Natali Filippi (she/her)

Payton McDonald (she/her)

Tyler Baldenegro (she/her)

Josephine Wokurka (they/them)

Kirsten Montes (she/her)


Costume Designer

Gabrielle Corrigan


Lighting Designer

 Burke Brown


About Chris:

Chris Houston is a director, choreographer, and dance teacher and researcher. He was the artistic director for three Cirque du Soleil world tours, Amaluna and OVO, and the Assistant Artistic Director for the world tour of Kooza. Amongst many industrial and corporate events, Chris has choreographed for Cirque du Soleil, Jean Ann Ryan Productions, the famed Crazy Horse Paris at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and for Michael Flatley (creator of Riverdance) in London on the BBC. As a performer, Chris was in the original West End productions of CATS and Miss Saigon in London and was then one of fifty dancers selected to be a part of Celine Dion’s game-changing Las Vegas residency, A New Day (directed by Franco Dragone and choreographed by Mia Michaels). Chris also joined Celine on her Taking Chances World Tour (directed by Jamie King and choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon, Mark Swanhart, and Mia Michaels). He served as the dance captain in Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil (directed by Vincent Paterson and choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon) and was in the original cast of Light Seeker in Singapore (created and directed by Michael La Fleur). Chris has also performed in CHICAGO the musical and in New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in The Merry Widow (directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman). On screen, Chris has performed on Oprah, Ellen, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, Miss Universe, A New Day: Live in Las Vegas, Celine: Through the Eyes of the World, Taking Chances World Tour DVD, and too many live broadcasts to count for both Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil. Chris is currently pursuing doctoral research at Teachers College, Columbia University where his research interests are at the intersection of dance, leadership and leadership development, and adult learning and development. He also supports research at the Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy, and Leadership.