Christiana Axelsen is a dancer, teacher and choreographer living on a small island off Seattle. She has had the pleasure to perform in the work of many NYC and Seattle based artists including Christopher Williams, Molissa Fenley, Courtney Krantz, Michou Szabo, Beth Gill, Pam Tanowitz, zoe|juniper, Korhan Başaran, Mana Kawamura, Raja Kelly, Dylan Crossman and Jules Skloot among others.
Her choreography has been presented in New York at DanceRoulette, The Invisible Dog, Mabou Mines, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, and the Women in Motion Salon Series; in Pittsburgh at the Space Upstairs; in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center and the Chamber Theater; in San Francisco at 848 Community Art Space; in Carbondale, Colorado at the Dance Initiative; and in Istanbul at the Akbank Sanat Contemporary Arts Center. She has received support for her work from a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant and a Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Bardwell Memorial Fellowship.
Christiana has taught workshops and classes at New York University, Mount Holyoke College, Barnard College, Salt Lake City's Repertory Dance Theater, Seattle's Velocity Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Community Program, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 100 Grand Studio in NYC, The Dance Initiative in Colorado, Akbank Sanat Contemporary Arts Center in Istanbul and the Conservatory of Modern Dance at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul.
She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in dance and geology from Mount Holyoke College and is a graduate of the Merce Cunningham Professional Training Program where she performed alongside the Repertory Understudy Group.