2011-12 Luvabulls: Meet Cristina
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
I admire people that really go for what they want in life and who work hard to make it happen. My family and friends are those people and are also my biggest supporters. My parents have always encouraged me to pursue what I love and have been there for me every step of the way.
Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.
There is absolutely nothing else like it! Chicago is blessed with amazing and passionate fans. To this day, I get chills during every starting lineup because of the energy in the stadium and that is just for regular season games! Playoff games are on another level completely. From the fans to even just the addition of “Playoffs” on the stadium floor, the mood and energy is amplified. I could give a laundry list of the wonderful things, but it is simply the best feeling in the world and you do not want it to end.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment is graduating with honors from the University of Illinois, and ten years from now, I hope to be doing work that I love and possibly even have a family.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I started dancing when I was three years old at Karen’s School of Acrobatics and Dance, where I studied ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. I participated in many competitions and numerous performances over the years. I continued dancing with my high school drill team and in college was part of a hip-hop organization, Dance 2XS, which has teams all over the world. Through the years, I have had former Luvabulls as instructors, so the idea to audition was in my head at an early age. Coupled with my passion for sports, Luvabulls is a dream job.
What is your claim to fame - besides being a Luvabull?
Although I was young, I performed on the Bozo Show when I was eleven years old with some girls from my studio. I absolutely loved the show and remember having so much fun filming. It was the first time I saw myself on TV too, so it is something that I will remember forever.
What do you do for a living?
I work as a legal assistant for a busy downtown firm. I primarily deal with first legal action, so I do a lot of drafting and editing of complaints.
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Dancing for the Bulls is truly an honor. From the Bulls organization to our director, everyone involved wants to make you the best that you can possibly be and not just in regards to dancing. It has changed my life in so many positive ways—not to mention the amazing privilege of dancing on court in front of over twenty thousand fans for this great Bulls team. I even had the opportunity to travel and dance overseas with the Luvabulls, which is something I otherwise would never have been able to do. The Bulls are known and loved worldwide, so I feel very proud to be a part of the family.