Cristi Boone is a professional dance choreographer, teacher and performer specializing in Brazilian zouk. With over 15 years of dance experience, she has studied classical ballet and jazz, salsa, bachata, ballroom, and samba de gafieira.
She has won various awards including 2nd place at the 2003 Club Caliente Salsa Competition and 2nd place at the Coco Loco Salsa Competition in 2004 and 1st place at Belmont’s Latin Music Street Fair in 2005 in Nashville, 1st place in the Australian Bachata Championship in 2009 and 1st place at the the White Horse Best Social Dancer 2009 competition in Sydney.
In 2011- 2014, Cristi dedicated herself to studying dance in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She began her career with Clinton Lacerda, and after only one month of partnership and training with Clinton Lacerda, they placed among the top ten in the 3rd International Zouk and Lambada Congress of Rio de Janeiro Competition.
She then became a dance teacher in Renata Peçanha’s dance school and a performer in her dance company. She has had the opportunity to teach and perform in world-renowned zouk events throughout Brazil and Europe, such as Uaizouk in Uberlândia, ZimZouk in Porto Alegre, Recife Zouk Congress, BSB Dança Zouk Congress in Brasilia, Zouk in Rio in Rio de Janeiro, International Zouk and Lambada Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Vienna Zouk Congress, Zouktime in Brno, All Stars Festival in Budapest, Prague Zouk Congress, Dresden Zouk Family Meeting, Berlin International Zouk Congress, Zurich Zouk World Cup, Corpo Carioca in St. Petersburg, Oman Zouk Holiday in Muscat, Oman and ZNL Music Festival in Rosarito, Mexico and various other cities around Europe and the USA to give workshops. During 2014 and 2015, she has been brought to Vienna various times to stay as a long term zouk and samba instructor with Vienna’s top dance schools – Vienna Zouk and Ipanema Zouk.
Clinton and Cristi were instrumental in the growth and founding of Ipanema Zouk, the organisation of the first Mega Zouk and Samba Weekend, and in improving the zouk scene in Vienna. In 2016, she and Clinton will be travelling to the USA to run Renata Peçanha dance programs throughout the country.