Speaking Engagements

From teaching engagements at the Kennedy Center to “sweatpants Sunday” at a local Baptist church, Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt (aka “The Christinas”) are dynamic teachers and an inspiring speakers.



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Lectures and Workshops

The Orphée Project
August 11th, 2018 at 7:30pm

After an enthusiastic performance last summer with The Patsy Project, Christina Soriano and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet return to choreograph The Orphée Project, which is inspired by the music of Philip Glass. This special Music Carolina event unites an intergenerational cast of professional and community dancers ages 5-88, including adults living with Parkinson’s disease, professional dancers from Winston-Salem, and children from Wake Forest’s community ballet program – with live music performed by Yong-Im Federle. Tickets can be purchased at http://musiccarolina.org/summerfest-2018/the-orphee-project/ 

Camp Third Act
June 8-9, 2018

Camp Third Act is a new signature program to help you contemplate the “third act” of your life. Christina Soriano taught a movement class at the weekend event which included presentations from other Wake Forest leaders, time for reflection, interactive sessions with follow-up discussions, all designed to help you define your calling and build a roadmap for what’s next.

Aging Re-Imagined Symposium 2.0: Meaning, Mind, Mobility, Mortality
May 3-4, 2018

Following on from the successful Aging Re-Imagined 1.5 in the Spring of 2017 Aging Re-Imagined 2.0 was a successful continuation of the conversation about aging. This is place to come & learn with others about different aspects of aging with artists, clinicians, community members & researchers.

Moving Day Winston-Salem
April 28, 2018

The first annual fun and inspiring fundraising walk event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement featured a family friendly walk course, a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring improvisational dance with Christina Soriano used to help manage the symptoms of PD.

Complementary/Alternative Medicine in 2018 Conference
March 16, 2018

This conference in Hickory, NC is designed for nurses, social workers, health educators, occupational therapists, students, and others interested in complementary and alternative care. Different modalities of care will be discussed, along with application to population health. Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt will present on "Neuroscience and Dance: Mixing the Two."

February 17, 2018

The TEDxWakeForestU community seeks to extend the TED experience at a regional level, highlighting exceptional people and creative works, connecting people across disciplines, creating conversations that drive action. Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt, PHD did a talk about their NIH-funded randomized clinical trial, testing Soriano's improvisational dance method in a community of adults living with Mild Cognitive Impairment and their carepartners.

IMPROVMENT® Masterclass at Winthrop University
January 19, 2018

Christina Soriano taught a masterclass for the Winthrop University Dance Department, during the course titled "Moving With The Community."

Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference
January 4-8, 2018

Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt presented their research, methods, and perspectives at the APAP NYC Conference, a large gathering of arts professionals from a wide spread of fields. While there, they also gave  two radio interviews, linked in the "In the News" tab. https://www.apap365.org/Conference

ACRM Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research
October 23-28, 2017

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine offers 4 days of high-caliber educational content for arts and neuroscience rehabilitation at the ACRM 94th Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research (PIRR), in Atlanta, GA. Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt presented on the IMPROVment method as part of the Arts and Neuroscience Symposium.


Adventures in Learning Series at the Shepherd Center
October 18, 2017

Christina taught a class for the Adventures in Learning Series for older adults at the Shepherd Center of Greater Winston-Salem. This series, with over 40 participants, was a positive and enriching experience for older adults.

ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival
October 13-15th, 2017

The IMRPOVment team, along with other projects at Wake Forest, was chosen to present at the ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival,  held at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. on October 13-15. This is a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design. Click the link below to learn more about the festival, the schedule, and the location of the IMPROVment exhibit and performance.


The Patsy Project
August 12th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

After moving us last summer with The Goldberg Project, Christina Soriano returns to choreograph The Patsy Project, which takes its inspiration from the soulful country songs of Patsy Cline. This special dance and music event unites an intergenerational cast of professional and community dancers ages 4-75, including adults living with Parkinson’s disease, professional dancers from Winston-Salem, and children from Wake Forest’s community ballet program – with live music performed by vocalist Martha Bassett and her six-piece band.

IMPROVment Weekly Class at Forsyth Court Holiday Retirement
January-August 2017

This class was spearheaded and taught by student assistants Kamryn King and Alice Romanov, with a focus on bringing 45 minutes of music, movement, and creativity to the retirement home environment. The class was taught every Friday morning at 10:30 am, and followed the IMPROVment pedagogy focused on generating spontaneous movement while seated in chairs.

IMPROVment Warmup at Elder Abuse Awareness Walk
June 16, 2017

The sixth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Walk in the NC Piedmont area took place in Triad Park in Kernersville. The goal of this walk, unlike other walks, was not to raise money, but to raise awareness about elder abuse. People of all ages attend, to walk, see the informational exhibitors, food, and music. To get the walkers motivated, engaged, and ready, Alice Romanov (Christina's student assistant) led a warm-up that showcased the IMPROvment teaching philosophy. See link to website here: http://www.ptrc.org/index.aspx?page=502

Second Spring Arts Festival: Creativity in Aging
May 20th, 2017

This event showcased creative accomplishments and encouraged creative discovery for people 60 and above. By partnering with existing arts organizations to honor achievements of those in this age group, they helped develop programs which increased their participation in the arts. The arts festival promoted Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation, as an outstanding place in which to retire. Christina Soriano was a keynote speaker at this event. See link to website here: http://www.secondspringarts.org

On Site / In Sight: a downtown Winston-Salem dance festival
May 4-6, 2017

Presented by Helen Simoneau Dance, this dance festival brought local, regional, national, and international artists to Bailey Park in Winston Salem's Innovation Quarter in a series of pop-up performances. The festival included movement classes, pop-up, rooftop and courtyard performances, as well as site-specific works throughout downtown Winston-Salem. Christina Soriano and her intergenerational dancers, ranging from ages 8 to 86, participated as artists in this great event.

Aging Reimagined 1.5
May 3, 2017

Building on the 2016 Aging Re-Imagined symposium,  Aging Re-Imagined 1.5 was hosted at Wake Forest University and addressed . emerging approaches to creative aging, and the ways in which Wake Forest is leading the way in this important research. Christina Soriano and Christina Hugenschmidt embraced the interdisciplinary nature of the symposium by engaging the audience in a short improvisational exercise.

New Horizons In Aging: Advances In Research & Practice
April 6-9, 2017

Professor Christina Soriano and Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt presented at the Southern Geronotological Society's 38th Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC. The meeting's theme this year wasNew Horizons in Aging: Advances in Research and Practice. They encouraged those who are examining critical aspects affecting the older adult population through innovative research and those using creative approaches and programming to address the needs of this population to share your work at our meeting.  They embraced a diversity of perspectives and want to highlight researchers' work in an effort to promote applied research and effective practice that together expand understanding of the experiences of older adults and their families. See link to website here: http://gerontology.uncc.edu/news/new-horizons-aging-advances-research-and-practice

NCAOA State Aging Conference
March 16-17, 2017

Christina Soriano and Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt presented at the North Carolina Association on Aging State Aging Conference. The conference featured presenters that are leaders in the aging network,  offering training and workshops. See link to website here: https://www.ncact.org/event/2017-ncaoa-state-aging-conference/

Braxton's "Sound Seen Gallery:" a live performance of improvisational dance, music, and art
March 15, 2017

Wake Forest dance students in Christina Soriano's Dance Improvisation class, along with art students in Leigh Ann Hallberg's Life Drawing class, attended a master class in dance, art, and music by dancer Rachel Bernsen and musician Taylor Ho Bynum from the Tri-Centric Foundation, in the Hanes Gallery, at the Cage/Marclay/Braxton "Sound Seen" art exhibit.

NCDEO Annual Conference
January 28, 2017

Christina and Glenna Batson presented at the North Carolina Dance Education Organization Annual Conference, hosted at UNC Greensboro. The ultimate goal of the event was to engage, educate, and empower. 

"Artists Unite! for Peace and Diversity" : An Intergenerational Dance Warmup
January 20, 2017

This event, held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrand Theatre, celebrated art and community while raising money for the Artists’ Emergency Relief Fund. It involved people of all age, gender, and profession, displaying a variety of art including films, dramatic performances, and comedy.  Christina led an audience- interactive, intergenerational dance warmup, accompanied by a live improvisational saxophone performance.

The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) at UNC Chapel Hill
November 11-12, 2016

.This event spotlighted health-related research and education initiatives at UNC-CH, Duke, Wake Forest, and other regional programs that draw upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Professor Soriano and Dr. Hugenschmidt presented data from their pilot studies at this conference.

First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Collaboratively Advancing Research and Practice
November 4-5, 2016

The symposium is a two-day event hosted by the National Centre for Dance Therapy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. The symposium will feature presentations and discussions on dance and well-being and provide opportunities for small-group discussion. Glenna Batson will serve as one of two keynote speakers for the weekend, and Christina will present with her collaborator at the medical school, Christina Hugenschmidt, on improvisational dance for older adults with neurodegenerative disease.

Lifelong Learning @WFU Presents Science and Dance
October 24, 2016, 7:30 pm

Join us for this interactive talk and learn about how aging and neurological disease affects movement and fall risk. Christina and her collaborator from the medical school, Christina Hugenschmidt, will explain how dance improves function in older adults and give participants the opportunity to practice new improvisational exercises. The event will take place at the Byrum Center Auditorium at Wake Forest University and will be free an open to the public.

The Goldberg Project
August 9, 2016

This intergenerational dance and music event will feature J.S. Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations performed by WFU faculty pianist, Peter Kairoff. The piece will feature Christina's choreography, which unites child, community, and professional dancers from throughout the Triad. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus. You can read more about the project in Winston-Salem Journal's article on the Carolina Summer Music Festival. For tickets and more information please follow this link to the Carolina Chamber Symphony website.  

IMPROVment Master Class at Parkinson's Fitness in Marblehead, MA
June 6, 2016

Christina served as a guest teacher with Parkinson's Fitness, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Parkinson's through exercise classes and arts and movement programs. Parkinson's Fitness events take place in various locations on Boston's North Shore and seek to help families establish empowering physical and cognitive goals, share their stories, and develop confidence in their physicians. 

IMPROVment Master Class at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury, NC
May 3, 2016

Christina taught an IMPROVment master class at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center this spring. The class also included members of the local Parkinson's Support Group. 

Aging Reimagined Interdisciplinary Symposium
March 17-18, 2016

Hosted by Wake Forest University and Wake Forest School of Medicine, this collaborative aging symposium brought together faculty, staff, students, and members of the Winston-Salem community to discuss the topic of aging from many perspectives. Leading scholars, artists, medical professionals, and researchers addressed four key ideas that inform how we age and how we think and feel about aging:  Mobility, Mind, Mortality, and Meaning.

Kathy Norcross Watts, Special Correspondent at the Winston-Salem Journal, recently wrote an article about the symposium. The article includes quotes from several faculty members planning the event and discusses the symposium as a logical extension of the interdisciplinary work already being done at Wake Forest. To read, visit the journal's website.  

North Carolina Association on Aging Annual Training Conference
March 7-8, 2016

The North Carolina Association on Aging is an organization representing community-based service providers in the North Carolina aging network. Its annual aging conference provides an opportunity for networking with other aging professionals and volunteers. This spring, Christina shared her IMPROVment methodology with attendees in a workshop on brain body wellness for older adults.

Creative Aging Symposium 
May 6, 2015

The Creative Aging Network-NC brought together leaders and innovators in the arts and aging fields at its sixth annual Creative Aging Symposium. Christina led a workshop featuring her IMPROVment curriculum, addressing how we can move confidently to promote good health, regardless of physical abilities. 

IMPROVment Dance Workshops in NC for Parkinson's Communities
September 30, November 11, and December 5, 2014

Christina held three workshops, funded by the National Parkinson Foundation, to disseminate her class structure and teaching methodology with other professionals. The workshops were attended by physical therapists, care facility directors, personal trainers, neuroscientists, medical students, and other professionals who work with people living with neurodegenerative diseases. Participants took part in an IMPROVment class, discussed the method, and collaborated with one another to create their own exercises. 

Dancing with Parkinson's:  Choreography for the Seated Position
September 14, 2014

Members of Christina's weekly movement class for people with Parkinson's Disease and their care partners performed at the Reynolda Museum of American Art in tandem with the museum's exhibit:  The Art of Seating. 

Living with Parkinson's
February 18-19, 2014

This two-day event featured a screening of films about living with Parkinson's Disease and a master class for PD patients and their care partners with guest teacher, Pamela Quinn. Pamela Quinn is an award winning dancer and teacher who has Parkinson's Disease. She uses her extensive movement background, along with her personal experience of the disease, to investigate movement therapy options for people with Parkinson's.

Previous Speaking Engagements

Kennedy Center Reach Opening Festival - September 2019
WFU Neurology Department - Grand rounds, August 2019
Artivate - August 2019
Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning, Summer 2019
WFU Summer Immersion Program - June 2019
Trinity College, day-long symposium - April 2019
Winston Salem State University IMPROVment Master class - April 2019
Parkinson’s Moving Day, Booth and demonstrations during all-day movement event for Parkinson’s community - April 2019
Aging Reimagined Symposium: Meaning, Mind, Mobility, Mortality, Winston-Salem - April 2019
HeART studio launch - April, 2019
WFU Neuroscience class presentation - March 2019
IMPROVment training workshop - March 2019
Geriatric Conference:  Best Practices for Healthy Aging - March 2019
NCDEO IMPROVment master class - February 2019
WFU School of Medicine Presentation - February 2019
Arts of Leadership Conference - Interview and IMPROVment master class, Wake Forest University - January 2019
IMPROVment class for UNCSA theatre students in “Still Life with Rocket” cast - January 2019
Bermuda Village Retirement Home, IMPROVment Community class - January 2019
Parkinson’s Moving Day, 2018
St. Peter’s Church IMPROVment community class - December 2018
City of Arts and Innovation Dance Medicine Conference - November 2018
Dean’s Forum, Center for Integrative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health - August 2018
Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning, Summer 2018
Parkinson’s Fitness, Marblehead, MA - June 2018
WFU Summer Immersion Program, June 2018
Second Spring Arts Festival: Creativity in Aging, Keynote speaker - May 2018
Aging Reimagined Symposium: Meaning, Mind, Mobility, Mortality, Winston-Salem - 2016-2019
Complementary/Alternative Medicine in 2018 Conference - March 2018
TEDxWakeForestU, Invited Speaker, Wake Forest, Winston-Salem - February 2018
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC - January 2018
Association for Performing Arts Professionals, Invited plenary - January 2018
Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference, January 2018
ACRM Conference: Progress in Rehabilitation Research - October 2017
Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting, 2017
ACCelerate Creativity And Innovation Festival, Washington, D.C., October 2017
Adventures in Learning Series at the Shepherd Center, October 2017
Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning, Summer 2017
Aging Reimagined 1.5, May 2017
New Horizons In Aging: Advances In Research & Practice, April 2017
NCAOA State Aging Conference, March 2017
NCDEO Annual Conference, January 2017
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrand Theatre, January 2017
The Health and Humanities Exchange (HHEX) at UNC Chapel Hill, November 2016
First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Collaboratively Advancing Research and Practice, November 2016
Lifelong Learning Program Keynote Lecture, October and November 2016
Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning, Summer 2016
Aging Reimagined Interdisciplinary Symposium, March 2016
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, Salisbury, NC - May 2016
North Carolina Association on Aging Annual Training Conference, March 2016
Creative Aging Symposium, May 2015
IMPROVment Dance Workshops in NC for Parkinson's Communities - September-December 2014
National Dance Educators Conference, Chicago, November 2014
World Parkinson’s Congress, Montreal, October, 2013
American College Dance Association (ACDA), Southeast Missouri State University - 2013
National Dance Educators Conference (NDEO), Minneapolis, October 2011
American College Dance Association (ACDA), Elon University - 2011
American College Dance Association (ACDA), Virginia Commonwealth University - 2010
American College Dance Association (ACDA), Hollins University - 2009
American College Dance Association (ACDA), University of Florida - 2008