Kristin McQuaid is known as one of the top jazz teachers and choreographers in the industry. Since her start with teaching at the age of 16, she has continued to keep the style of jazz alive. With the dying art form, Kristin is educating dancers, studio owners, and directors about where jazz started and how important it is to keep training in the style. As an alumni of Marguerite Derricks’ and Michael Rooney’s teen company, Kristin learned to be ruthless in the industry, pay attention to details, and learn the importance of being true to who you are.
With the worth ethic that was taught to her by leading professionals, she has gone on to work with such legends as Britney Spears, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Minnie Driver, and Sally Field as well as choreograph music videos and tours for Annie Leblanc, Nia Sioux, Ava Max and many other top influencers and artists. Kristin’s dazzling and versatile choreography has made her a sought after talent. With her fun loving and high-energy personality on set, she promises to leave audiences entertained and wanting more. She began her choreography career with a full-length professional show, “Choosing Sin” to a sold out audience in Los Angeles. In 2015, Kristin was honored to win the choreographer’s TV show Make A Move and her work has been featured in the Capezio A.C.E. awards and TV commercials for brands including Vlado Footwear and Old Spice, and most recently, a national and digital Best Buy campaign. Her work was also seen on FOX’s hit, So You Think You Can Dance and fan favorite, Dance Moms. Kristin has left her digital imprint on pop culture by having her choreographing go viral with such talent as 4-year-old online star Boss Baby Brody, Radio Disney stars Cameron McLeod and DJ Lela B. Currently, you can see her choreography in season 2 of BRAT TV’s series “Dirt” where her direction adds energy to the scenes. A versatile talent, Kristin was the choreographer and creative director for animation video “Tug A War. Love vs. Career. Freddie Mercury Loves Mary But Does He Love His Job More,” a project that gave her the confidence to follow her new path. She became the creative director for teen sensation, Nia Sioux’s music videos and live stage shows, which included her Vidcon performances on the YouTube stage, and also worked with singer and online super star, Annie LeBlanc’s performances at the Girls Life and “Annie Lebling” concerts. Kristin is working as creative director and choreographer of Island Records’s newest performer, IamNotShane tour & Atlantic performing artist Ava Max’s “DanceOn” project. Keeping the momentum going, Kristin’s dance short film “Florets,” which was inspired by Grace Vanderwaal music, garnered her the “Best Video” award at Olympus Film Festival, Gold Movie Awards, Hollywood Blvd Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Awards. Other nominations included Universal Dance Awards, Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles, Los Angeles Movie Awards. Her natural next step is developing and producing original content and has a few projects in the works.
For the last ten years Kristin has been touring all over the nation teaching for Hollywood Dance Connection Dance Convention and teaching at Movement lifestyle, Millennium, and other top studios in the US. Kristin’s infectious personality and energy is what drives dancers to keep wanting to train with her. Her main focus is to inspire you to be fearlessly unapologetic and stay true to who you are. In Kristin’s classes she encourages you to develop a mind set to not follow trends but to be a trend setter.