Cristina Uta is an internationally recognized ballet master known for her exceptional teaching and innovative approach. She was born in Bucharest, Romania, and graduated from her hometown's Romanian National Ballet Academy in 1993. That same year, she joined the Romanian National Ballet in Bucharest, where she quickly rose to the position of principal dancer. During her eight years with the National Ballet, Cristina also performed as a principal dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet Company in the USA and the Ballet de Santiago in Chile.
Cristina has danced leading roles in many classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Paquita, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardée, Don Quixote, Giselle, Raymonda, Nutcracker, and others. She has also performed in neoclassical and post-modern choreographies by acclaimed choreographers such as George Balanchine, Ricardo Nunez, Dietmar Seyffert, Val Caniparoli, and Lode Devos. She was trained and coached by esteemed figures in the dance world, including Janet Sassoon, who had also coached Natalya Makarova and other renowned ballerinas, as well as Ivan Nagy (former principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre and former Artistic Director of Ballet de Santiago in Chile), Maya Plisetskaya, and Peter Breuer (international choreographer, principal, and artistic adviser at Salzburg Ballet in Austria).
In 2001, Cristina Uta joined the Salzburg Ballet in Austria, where she continued her career as a principal dancer. Between 2003 and 2009, she served as assistant choreographer and ballet master at the Salzburg Ballet at the State Theatre of Salzburg. Cristina has remained a rehearsal director for Peter Breuer's productions in Austria and abroad. Breuer has created many ballets and significant roles for her, including Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Carmen, Lulu, Lady Potiphar in The Legend of Joseph, Nadezhda von Meck in Tchaikovsky, and Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew. In 2005, Peter Breuer received the Maya Plisetskaya Award for his Carmen in Salzburg, a production in which Cristina Uta danced the leading role.
Cristina's development as a trainer and choreographer is based on over two decades of stage experience, training, and diverse repertoires that extend from classical ballet to dance theatre and other contemporary dance works. As a choreographer, she has collaborated with various institutions, including the Salzburg Ballet at the State Theatre of Salzburg in Austria, the State Opera Ruse in Bulgaria, Schlote Production in Austria, and the National Opera Brasov in Romania.
As a dance and ballet pedagogue, Cristina Uta has extensive experience teaching ballet training, pointe technique, repertoire coaching, and alternative bodywork. She has taught for over 20 years at international workshops, professional ballet schools, and professional ballet and contemporary dance companies, working with renowned artists such as Peter Breuer, Maya Plisetskaya, Cynthia Gregory, and Ildiko Pongor. Cristina has taught at various institutions, including the Salzburg Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, TANZLIN.Z, and TANZ_KASSEL. In addition to her teaching experience, she has pursued an M.A. in dance pedagogy at Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria, further expanding her knowledge and expertise in the field. She has also taught at international workshops, including Salzburg International Ballet Academy's Summer Dance Intensive, formerly known as International Ballet Workshop.
Cristina's teaching method, the "Composed Ballet Technique," has gained widespread recognition for its exceptional approach that integrates ballet techniques with principles of post-modern dance techniques, sports, and somatic practice. It is her emphasis on virtuosity that distinguishes her technique and has earned her high praise from dancers and instructors alike. By empowering dancers to expand their movement vocabulary and explore their creative potential, Cristina's method cultivates a deeper sense of artistry and individuality in their performances. Through this method, Cristina aims to help dancers unlock their full potential and achieve a more authentic and personal expression in their art.
Based on her experience as a dancer, Cristina Uta recognizes the importance of self-care methods. Her studies in psychology, mindfulness and coaching have led her to include the "Coaching for Excellence" method for dancers, empowering young artists and students to reach their highest potential.
Since 2017, Cristina Uta has been the artistic director of Dance Vision in Austria, a team dedicated to creating, performing, and producing artistic, high-quality works that share journeys of inspiration with society. Her experience teaching ballet training, combined with her extensive stage experience and innovative teaching methods, has made her a highly respected figure in the world of dance.