About Us

Our Mission

District Dance Arts (DDA) exists to help people discover their physical and creative abilities through sound instruction in dance. We believe this discovery helps develop self-confidence, ambition, and discipline, all key to personal achievement and success. 

 

Why do we believe this?

DDA’s owner has experienced the benefits of dance from personal experience and has seen these qualities develop in her students over the years in her career.

Additionally, a growing body of high-quality, sound, and rigorous research on the benefits of learning dance has found that dance education can develop strong qualities in young people and students of all ages. Here are some examples of that research:

  • Self-confidence and ambition: A study of at-risk and incarcerated teens showed that after a 10-week jazz and hip-hop dance program, students reported higher levels of confidence, tolerance, and persistence than they did at the beginning of the program. 

 

About the owner:

Cristine Davis is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She began her dance training at the age of three at Studio G Dance Center under the direction of Val Gaydos.

Davis was a member of the Pittsburgh-based Xpressions Contemporary Dance Company directed by Staycee Walters Pearl from 2002-2006 where she performed works by Robert Battle, Darrel Crown Moultrie, and Kyle Abraham and danced in
productions with Pittsburgh Opera, Shona Sharif African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and others.

In 2006, Davis joined Full of Grace, Inc. (FOG) to begin the Full of Grace School of Dance where she served as its Principal Dance Instructor from 2006-2010 and developed its pre-professional troupe (more).