2010-11 Luvabulls: Meet Cristina
Park Ridge, IL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
It is truly a privilege to say that I am part of one of the most respected and well-known dance teams across the NBA and even worldwide, not to mention one of the most storied franchises in the league. It is an honor to represent the Bulls organization in the community and on the court with amazing, classy women. I feel very fortunate that I am able to do what I love and perform in front of thousands of my fellow Chicago fans.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
Dancing has always been a passion of mine since a very young age. I studied many facets of dance, including jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop, as well as tumbling and acrobatics. My high school drill team was very competitive and provided a great foundation for precision and work ethic. In college, I was part of an international hip hop group that exposed me to various styles of dance and had the opportunity to learn from many renowned choreographers. Another passion of mine is sports, so growing up watching the championship years with MJ, I was well aware of the Luvabulls. I always admired them and kept the idea in the back of my mind, especially since a few of my teachers were on the squad. My love for sports continued, and as soon as I graduated, I knew I wanted to audition. Sometimes I still cannot believe I am able to incorporate two of my favorite things.
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
Even though it was awhile ago, I would have to say when I was invited to perform a dance and acrobatic routine on "The Bozo Show" with a few other girls from my dance studio when I was about twelve years old. I remember it so well because I had such a great time, and it was one of my favorite shows (especially Bozo Buckets!).
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
First and foremost, I would have to say my family. They are all very passionate and strong-willed and have always been supportive of everything I do. I would also have to say my fellow teammates, who are not only amazing dancers but wonderful friends.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment is graduating with University Honors, and in ten years, I simply hope to be happy in my career with possibly a family and to maintain that desire to constantly push myself (and, of course, watching many Bulls games).