At 19 years old I left Seattle and came to Hollywood to pursue acting. I entered the world of exotic dance as a way to support my art but instead I got sick. My ovaries hurt. My stomach hurt. My throat would hurt all the time. I was disgusted with myself. I swallowed the stories that come with being a "bad" girl- I was wrong and would never be fulfilled. My body was breaking down and I had to find a way out.
This kicked off my journey into exploring healing and the beliefs we hold around women's bodies, sensuality, and the connection that has to our voice and expression.
I eventually climbed out of hell by taking my pain and making it into art. I wrote, starred, and produced my one woman show Dirty Me Divine.
It was about my life as a dancer.
It was about the fight with my body.
It was about reclaiming women's voices, women's sexuality, women's right to take up space.
DMD played to sold out theaters in LA as well as Boston and San Francisco. Self-expression, sharing my point of view, and spilling my secrets liberated my voice and body. I got stronger. I felt ALIVE. And I became aware of the power my voice had to impact.
I wanted this for other women.
I wanted circles and stages and retreats where women could have the life-changing experience of exploring, naming, and speaking their truths. Spaces where women could share their voice, write what hurt, dance their grief, and share their stories and be witnessed.
I studied storytelling, feminine spirituality, rites of passage work, and facilitation and began creating spaces for creative and soulful expression.
DIRTY ME DIVINE ONE WOMAN SHOW
Based in LA, Christina's training in dance, theater, public speaking, storytelling, facilitation, and rites of passage all inform her work.
For the past decade Christina has worked as a transformational catalyst + guide. She facilitates circles, retreats, and workshops where women come into greater connection and healing around their voice, sensuality, creativity, and expression.
Christina also works with clients on professional speaking, writing, honing in on their message, and the art of storytelling.
As an artist and director, she produces stage shows and creates platforms for women’s voices to be heard.
Christina's work weaves the sacred feminine and spirituality along with women's expression and personal development. She believes in building your own stages, giving yourself the mic, and gifting yourself and the world with your soul's Truth.
LOVES: DEEP ASS CONVOS, LAUGTER TILL WE CRY, EVERYTHING CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES, TIME WITH THE FAM.
AT A GLANCE
Burlesque was where I finally found freedom in my body and soul.
BALLET AND MARTHA GRAHAM'S MODERN DANCE WERE MY LIFE AS A TEEN
I met my husband when I was 21 years old.
I come FROM BABA YAGA LANDS. RUSSIAN IS MY NATIVE LANGUAGE AND ALTHOUGH I LIVE IN LA, MY SOUL BELONGS IN THE WOODS.
Letting the inner comedian out, asking the trees for answers to difficult questions, spoken word art, Latin jazz and 90's hip hop, hunting for joy, slashing the patriarchal lies that harm all of us.
Hustle culture, comparison, only showing one side of me, denying the complexity and pain of being human.
WE ARE NOT HERE TO BE FIXED
WOMEN THAT IMPACTED ME GREATLY with their writing + art INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMTED TO:
CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
URSULA K. LE GUIN
sue monk kidd
shout out to regena: many years ago I started a business with REGENA GARREPY and she BECAME MY SOUL SISTER FOR LIFE. WE CREATED EPIC RETREATS IN CANCUN, LED CIRCLES + WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN WHO WERE READY TO SHED THEIR GOOD GIRL AND STEP INTO THEIR VISIONARY SELVES. REGENA was the first women who TAUGHT ME HOW TO FACILITATE CIRCLE, CREATE RITUAL, AND WAS MY MASTER TEACHER AROUND HOLDING SACRED SPACE.