Cristina "Macho" Camacho
DANCER | CREATIVE | ARTS ADVOCATE
Cristina Camacho's (Macho) professional journey began at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she attained a Bachelor's degree in Dance and Kinesiology. While studying dance, Macho was cast in numerous faculty and student productions, and had the honor of being awarded the full tuition Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. When she wasn't in department rehearsals, she could be found directing Dynamic Dance Team, performing internationally with Culture Shock DC, or empowering young women with her Kick Rocks Crew sisters.
After completing Luam Keflezgy's Rock The Industry intensive, Cristina relocated to New York in 2018 and continues to train with some of the artists that inspired her to pursue dance. Since moving to NY, she's been in productions by Luis Salgado, Eden Shabatai, Candace Brown, Neil Schwartz, and Ashle Dawson. Notable performance credits include the 2019 MTV VMA's with recording artist Ava Max, Telemundo Upfronts, The Soul Spot by Candace Brown, The CW, BET, and more. She has traveled nationally and internationally as a choreographer and dance educator, including a summer in Barcelona, where she completed an internship exploring the importance of cultural dance exchange. A list of her recent awards and teaching resume can be found below.
When she is not dancing, Cristina is working as an arts administration professional, lending her skills to the likes of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and as an advisor to numerous dance education programs.
Dance Bloc NYC / 2022
Dance showcase at Dixon Place in New York presenting new works by emerging and established choreographers
Tere Dance Vol. 4 / 2022
Showcase presenting new work by emerging and established choreographers
Mobile Film Festival - Honorable Mention / 2021
Film festival based in New York dedicated to recognizing and screening Dance Film shot solely on mobile devices.
Dance Around the World / 2021
Festival showcasing dancers from different corners of the world, presented by Olney Theatre Center.
Studio to Stage Residency / 2021
A New York residency opportunity offered to selected individuals, providing production resources to chosen artists.
Peabody Dance! Festival / 2021
A virtual celebration of dance in the Baltimore community and beyond, co-sponsored by the Baltimore Black Dance Collective
Just Arts Festival / 2020 & 2021
A virtual social justice arts festival hosted by Olney Theater and DMV art leaders
Olney Theater Center Commission/ 2020
Commissioned opportunity to create and showcase a work that intersects with themes of immigration, belonging, and home
Montgomery County Arts & Humanities FY18 Grant / 2017
Awarded to local artists demonstrating promise in the creation of artistic work or development of professional skills
Hostel International USA "Explore the World" Scholarship / 2017
A travel scholarship awarded to individuals who demonstrate a genuine passion for enhancing intercultural understanding through travel and self-designed projects
Culture Shock, DC
Elements Urban Arts Collective
Metropolitan School of the Arts
Joy of Motion Dance Center
PRSM North Carolina
Varium Espai de Baile
Connecticut Dance Conservatory
Culture Shock Ottawa
Savage Dance Company
Bullis High School
Dynamic Dance Team
Dawn Crafton Dance Connections
Black Rock Center for the Arts
HYPE Hip Hop Company
Urbana Dance Center