Christina Bargelt was born and raised in Denver, CO where she dedicated her childhood to the performing arts. She began her ballet training at age three under Carla Parks and Ixchel Levendosky, her violin training at age five through the Suzuki Method under Heather Gruis, and her professional singing career with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at eight.
In her teen years, Christina continued her ballet and jazz training at Denver Dance Center under Kris Kehl, Jill Oliver, and Terrell Davis. She was given multiple opportunities to perform principal and soloist roles in Jill Oliver’s Thrive Ballet productions and competed in the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Competition and Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals. She also attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet West, and Colorado Ballet.
Christina went on to study ballet and ballet pedagogy at University of Utah’s internationally esteemed Ballet Program under notable faculty members Jay Kim, Maggie Wright Tesch, Christopher Alloways-Ramsey, Sharee Lane, Melissa Bobick, Dr. Melonie Buchanan Murray, Pablo Piantino, Jan Fugit, Jennie Creer-King, Richard Wacko, Justine Sheedy-Kramer, and Dr. Kate Mattingly. She gained further experience in jazz, modern, choreography, and character dance throughout her undergraduate experience and performed in over six productions ranging from classical ballet to post modern dance. She graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet (Pedagogy Emphasis), a Ballet Teaching Certificate, and a Minor in Violin Performance.
Post graduation, Christina worked at Boulder Body Wear honing her skills as a professional pointe shoe fitter under Amy Kenney’s tutelage. She also danced professionally with Reformation Dance Company as a Soloist for the 2019-2020 season originating featured roles in two of Kathy Vreeland’s contemporary ballets: Witch and Go West. Christina joined Ballet Ariel as a company dancer for the 2021-2022 season where she has performed featured and corps de ballet roles in Coppelia and The Nutcracker.
Christina is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum, in order further support her passion for providing young ballet students with a strong and safe foundation. She continues to build her leadership experience volunteering for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and remains a sought after teaching artist in Colorado and beyond. Christina is absolutely thrilled and honored to be on Faculty at Colorado Ballet Academy.