Christine Aranda began costuming at SDAB for the Nutcracker, 2006, and, since then has led various teams in preparing full performances of the Nutcracker and Don Quixote and excerpted presentations of Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, La Bayadere and Swan Lake. Christine has had a long-term interest in clothing, having studied tailoring and advanced tutu construction with Claudia Folts, former costumer for New York City Ballet.
Prior to involvement with SDAB, Christine spent twenty- eight years as a secondary educator where she held positions as teacher, high school counselor and high school principal. Her educational career culminated with appointment as California Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education in 1999.
As a young person growing up in Los Angeles, California, Christine studied classical Spanish dance with Manuel del Oro and Jose Cansino and ballet with Lazar Galpin and performed at various venues in Los Angeles and Hollywood of the 1950s. Like so many others, she never lost her love of dance and is pleased to contribute to the art created by the teachers and students at SDAB.