Ms. Christy Bartholomew is a teaching artist and communications specialist from Louisiana. Approaching movement as a technical and holistic art form, she developed an early cultural appreciation with roots in musical theatre, jazz, modern, hip hop, Afro-Caribbean, and contemporary African. She acquired her B.A. in mass communication and theatre from Louisiana State University and A&M College. Further advancement in performing arts led her to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, appearing on The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a host of others. Fusing athletics and dance as a former NBA Dancer for the Orlando Magic, she appeared on the Monday Night Football intro, ESPN and SportsCenter highlights. Notably, her choreography has been featured during the 2008 & 2009 NBA Semi-Finals, in addition to performing the national anthem and co-designing music for several home games. She toured as an ambassador with United Service Organizations and Armed Forces Entertainment to Germany, Poland, Iceland, Norway, The Netherlands, Japan, Korea and Singapore hosting various workshops an dance intensives to enhance arts outreach programming in military based schools. As a teaching artist, she toured the U.S. and Canada with Honeywell and NASA’s award-winning interactive STEM education concert, FMA Live! delivering solid lessons that support the learning objectives of the National Science Education Standards.
Ms. Bartholomew received prestigious honors from Grenada’s Ministry of Culture for her collaborative works in Grenada’s Biennial West Indies Dance Festival with Connecting Vibes USA/UK. Recent accolades include The John F. Kennedy Center, Latin American Youth Center STEM Program, Levine Music, Atlas INTERSECTIONS, VelocityDC Dance Festival, Breaking Glass Project (NYC), WAVE Rising Series (NY) and The Howard Theatre with Maverick Lemons Dance Project, What’s Going On - The Marvin Gaye Project (Dance Place), DEVIATED THEATRE, Derek Brown Entertainment, Taurus Broadhurst Dance, VanHook Productions, Afromoda Dance Theater, and Douglas Yeuell’s Summer Stock, featuring a solo work and has notably trained with Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo (So You Think You Can Dance), Sisaundra Lewis (NBC’s The Voice) and others. Her experience and expertise led her to adjudicate various regional, collegiate, international and professional dance and cheer competitions for Turn it Up Dance Challenge, Walt Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championships, Black College Cheer and Dance Championship, and ESPN Asia/NBA Madness Asia. Prior to her arrival at McNamara, she worked in risk management for educational institutions and managed arts’ nonprofit sectors.
As an educator, her research and creative work aims to draw awareness of cultural diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity, as it centers on themes of cultural relativism. She is influenced by her studies in dance science, Plyometrics, Dunham Technique and Gyrokinesis Method. Ms. Bartholomew is a member of DC Advocates for the Arts, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is an adjunct faculty member of The Washington Ballet and Levine Music. She specializes in arts management and dance education.