Danzarts Childrens Academy Director & Soloist
Mrs. Cunningham was born and raised in San Diego and immersed herself in ballet folklórico at the very young age of 3. She has training in ballet, hip-hop, and West African Dance. Mrs. Cunningham grew a passion and pride in her culture and had the opportunity to dance with local groups, "Folklórico De Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe" and "Ballet Folklórico en Aztlan." She continued her training by attending "Danzantes Unidos" workshops. Mrs. Cunningham is currently a soloist for DanzArts - Sabor México Dance CO. and the director of DanzArts Children's Dance Academy. As the director, Kristina holds a great sense of pride to be able to teach the children about their culture through the art of dance and be able to carry on those traditions to our future generations.
Flamenco Dance Instructor
Mariann Sanchez was born in México City and raised in San Diego. She has both a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and is currently employed at the University of San Diego. In 2010, Mariann joined Danzarts and became a company dancer in both of La Esencia Flamenca and Sabor México Theatrical Company. To date, Mariann has been fortunate to have been able to study in Spain and San Diego with Flamenco masters such as Domingo Ortega, Farruquito, Oscar Valero, María Serrano, Emilio Ochando, and Jesús Carmona. Additionally, she has been able to collaborate and perform with tremendously talented local artists. As a dancer, her goal is to transmit the love and passion she feels for this art form, while educating the audiences about its history and culture. As the Vice President and company member of Danzarts, Mariann is constantly seeking out different opportunities for offering affordable classes, scholarships, community performances and creative collaborations. This year Mariann had the privilege of co-producing a show called “Drums & Strings of the World,” with Patricia Astorga Casey, collaboration of live Music and Dance from México, Spain and West Africa.