Corpus Christi Ballet

Corpus Christi BalletFounded in January 1974 as the Corpus Christi Ballet Theater under the direction of Larry and Bettye Roquemore, the first season included Peter and the Wolf and an invitation from Maestro Maurice Peress, Music Director of the Corpus Christi Symphony, to perform the first production of The Nutcracker. This year’s performance of the Nutcracker will celebrate 40 years of continuous performances by the Corpus Christi Ballet. In June 1985, Corpus Christi Ballet was renamed with the arrival of Richard and Cristina Munro as Artistic Directors. Since the 1986-1987 season, Cristina Stirling Munro, as sole Artistic Director, has brought her many years of professional experience and expertise to the company. Her influence and talent are particularly evident in the Company’s wide classical repertoire. Alexandra Trevino was Ballet Mistress for several years before becoming Co-Director.
Corpus Christi Ballet offered a subscription season beginning with the 1985-1986 season and developed an association with the Corpus Christi Symphony, and more recently formed the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra. Corpus Christi Ballet is an Honor Company with Regional Dance America and is proud toCorpus Christi Ballet represent Corpus Christi throughout the Southwest and participate in the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival each year. Corpus Christi Ballet plays a major part in dance education throughout the city with its premiere and innovative program, Ballet Works for Kids which includes lecture demonstrations, and Children’s Spotlight on Ballet performances at Selena Auditorium featuring highlights of the current public performance for area schools of the Coastal Bend.
Cristina Munro
Born in England, Cristina Stirling Munro, Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Ballet, trained in ballet at the Arts Educational Schools in London and with some of Europe’s finest teachers in the Cecchetti and Royal Academy methods of dance. She dances with Sadlers’ Wells Opera at age 17 for one year, then joined the National Ballet of Holland. Ms. Munro returned to England for a special television production Corpus Christi Balletof Sleeping Beauty with Margot Fonteyn. She later joined the London Festival Ballet (now the English National Ballet) and was promoted to Soloist status. Cristina toured Europe, Asia, South America, and in Soviet countries. Then in 1968, Eliot Feld was invited to London to choreograph a ballet of the London Festival Ballet. Soon afterwards, Mr. Feld asked her to be a founding member of his newly-formed American Ballet Company. She danced as Principal soloist with the company in New York for two and one-half years.
Ms. Munro has also taught in various schools and as performed as a guest artist with other companies in the United States, including Edward Villella’s New York Ballet Concert Company. She served as Co-Director of the Louisville Ballet with Richard Munro from 1973 to 1977. Cristina has taught on the faculty of the Dance Masters of America, the Southern Association of Dance Masters, and has been seminar coordinator of the Craft of Choreography Conference. She has produced several television specials on ballet, one of which won an Emmy Award. Ms. Munro was on the faculty of the HoustonCorpus Christi Ballet Ballet and served as the Ballet Mistress from 1980 to 1984. She has been the Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Ballet since 1985, and she is the Director and Owner of the Munro Ballet Studios.
Alexandra Trevino
Alexandra Trevino was a former Principal Dancer and Ballet Mistress for the Corpus Christi Ballet and now serves as a Co-Artistic Director. Alexandra received her dance training from the Houston Ballet, the Munro Ballet Studios, and Joffrey Ballet. She has performed leading roles in many of the Corpus Christi Ballet productions. Alexandra graduated from Carroll High School in 1994 and was invited to dance professionally with the Louisville Ballet Company. There, she performed in many of the classics, including: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Coppelia, Peter and the Wolf, The Corpus Christi BalletFirebird, Carmina Burana, Raymonda, Les Patineurs, Gaite Parisienne, Billy the Kid, Gala Performance and numerous other works choreographed by the company. She returned to Corpus Christi in 1997 and joined the faculty at the Munro Ballet Studios. She also taught dance in the public school system at Chula Vista Fine Arts Academy for a year.
As a Principal artist with the Corpus Christi Ballet for eight years, some of her favorite roles include: “Snow Queen”, and “Sugar Plum Fairy” in the Nutcracker. “Esmerelda Pas de Deux”, “Odette” in Swan Lake, and “Swanhilda” in Coppelia. Alexandra has performed in Dallas and Abilene as a guest Artist in their Nutcracker, in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She was invited to perform in Naples, Florida, as Odette in Swan Lake and was a guest teacher with Abilene Ballet TheatreCorpus Christi Ballet for their summer course. In 2005, Alexandra officially retired with her performance of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She will now concentrate on her role as Co-Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Ballet and at Munro Ballet Studios teaching and coaching the next generation of dancers. She is happily married to Dr. John Trevino Principal at Tom Browne Middle School, and they are proud parents of Elizabeth LeeAnn Trevino born June 2006 and Marcus Albert Trevino born April 2010.

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