Christy McNeil Chand

Associate Professor,
Director of Orchesis Dance Company


  • DANC132 Beginning Modern (Fall 2019)
  • DANC133 Beginning Jazz (Winter 2020)
  • DANC210 Active Wellness (Spring 2020)
  • DANC233 Intermediate Jazz (Fall 2019, Winter & Spring 2020)
  • DANC341 Dance Concert Practicum (Spring 2020)
  • DANC345/346 Orchesis Rehearsal and Performance (Fall 2019 & Winter 2020)
  • DANC430 Advanced Contemporary Jazz (Spring 2020)
  • Orchesis Director: 50

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Areas of Expertise

jazz, contemporary jazz, modern, ballet, choreography, fitness, injury prevention, anatomy, dance science

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About Christy McNeil Chand

Christy earned her BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts where she studied on a full scholarship granted by the Kreielsheimer Foundation. At Cornish she performed with Cornish Dance Theatre, received the Outstanding Dance Major Award, and her choreography was chosen to represent Cornish at the American College Dance Festival in 2000. Christy's choreography has been seen on the stages of Taproot Theatre, Cornish Dance Theatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, Cornish Theatre Department, Theater Schmeater, Variable Velocity, University of Texas, University of Washington, SLO Little Theatre, Cal Poly, Riverside City College, and the University of Idaho among others. May 2014 brought the debut of “Black Cat Cabaret,” which she conceived, wrote, choreographed, and directed for the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Theatre & Dance Department. In February 2015, Christy was the Guest Artist in Jazz Dance for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho.

She completed three contracts for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, two as Dance Captain and Company Manager and one as an original cast member of the state of the art Brilliance of the Seas. As a founding member of Evergreen City Ballet, she performed in the Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival in Kazan, Russia under the direction of John Prinz and was honored to dance at the Artissima Festival of Art in Turin, Italy with Chamber Dance Company in 2010. Christy has been a featured performer in events for Group Health, Microsoft, and Hilton Hotels, and Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. In the concert dance world, she’s danced the work of Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Mark Haines, Nancy Cranbourne, David Dorfman, Lar Lubovich, Kraig Patterson, Gabriel Masson, Pat Hon, Oskar Schlemmer, Shapiro & Smith, Bebe Miller, and many other modern and jazz dance visionaries. Since 1998, Christy has been a dancer with Interweave Dance Theatre in Boulder, CO.

Christy has been faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Shoreline College, Hancock College, University of Washington, and Sammamish High School where she created the dance curriculum. She has taught for both the Seattle Theatre Group’s DANCE This Camp and Intensive, and has been on faculty with the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, for whom she is the Student Advisor, since 1999. She has been a Guest Artist for dance programs at University of Idaho, University of Texas—Pan American, Riverside City College, Grand Canyon University, Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue College, West Virginia University, and at the International Dance Day Festival in Byblos, Lebanon. Her research interests include proper warm up and fitness training for dancers, as well as bridging the academic with the commercial dance world. In October of 2011, she presented her research on stretching and the jazz dance warm up at the NDEO National Conference in Minneapolis and at the DEAW Conference in Washington state. In 2015, she again presented research at the NDEO National Conference this time in Phoenix where she discussed mirroring the testing atmosphere in a dance classroom to the process of rehearsal to performance. She received her MFA in dance from the University of Washington in June of 2012 and is currently an associate professor of dance at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA where she directs the Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company.

*photo credit: Wendy Turner for Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop

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