Industry Testimonials

ben_vereen“There in Champaign is an oasis for the arts, and the whole world will know and come running. For we in the arts look for studios where we can be surrounded by the love and support that Christine Rich has put inside this magnificent building.

“The students get the best from the best, her staff of talented teachers leave no stone unturned when it comes to their young budding stars. The one thing that a parent can rest assured in is that their child will be in the best environment to learn to express that gift from within.”

– Tony and Emmy Award winning performer Ben Vereen


gus-giordano“I was so impressed with Becky Ramos from the Christine Rich Studio and her display of technique and dance artistry. It is refreshing to see a school committed to quality dance training and performance.”

– Gus Giordano 1923-2008
Founder Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
A founding father of Jazz Dance and creator of the Giordano technique


hs_han“After seeing Andrew Cribbett dance at the Chicago YAGP, I recognized his potential and the passion he has in his dancing. I offered him a full scholarship to our Professional Training Program at the Washington School of Ballet. His training at Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy has served him well. Andrew is truly blessed to have such loving teachers like Christine who is willing to send him off for further training. My faculty and I look forward to working with Andrew and help him realize his dream.”

washingtonballet– Mr. Kee Juan Han
Washington Ballet
Washington Ballet School Director
Dance Magazine’s Teacher of the Year 2008

dmitri_roudnev“The dancers at the Christine Rich Studio are beautifully trained and coached.

“I was very impressed with their performance abilities.”

– Dmitri Roudnev
Director, Dmitri Roudnev Ballet School of Chicago;
Artistic Director, Ballet Intensive from Moscow


sherry_moray“The Christine Rich Studio is producing dancers of the same excellent quality that is usually only found in major cities.”

– Sherry Moray
Former Prima Ballerina with Stuttgart Ballet
Dance Magazine’s Teacher of the Year 2000



chicago_tribThe Chicago Tribune on two CRS students:
“…the remarkable talents of Andrew Cribbett and Becky Ramos, both age 11, and dancing almost as if they were New York City Ballet principals.”
– Sid Smith
Arts Critic Chicago Tribune, November 2003


dance_chicago“If I were a parent in Champaign-Urbana, I would be very happy that the Christine Rich Studio was there.

“I just wish we had a school as good as hers in Chicago.”

– John Schmitz
Founder Dance Chicago

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