KRISTINE LESLIE is a Union County native who has a strong background in both the arts and education. She received an A.S. in Liberal Science – Deaf Studies from Union County College and later earned a B.A. in Sociology/English-Writing from Kean University, where she spearheaded the creation of Afro-Latinx Dance Project. While attending Kean University in 2018, Kristine was introduced to Carolyn Dorfman Dance as a NJ SummerDance scholarship student and joined the Marketing team as Communications and Development Associate in 2022.
Before joining Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Kristine worked as an educator, particularly with Deaf/Hard-of-hearing children and people with disabilities. She also completed internships with Nimbus Dance as Marketing Coordinator and ARTS By The People as an apprentice Grant Writer. Kristine has always had a passion for the performing arts, and has been involved in various forms of dance, theater, and music since childhood. As an adult, she dances with Rahway Dance Theatre and has performed with Maria Ramos’ WOMANITY and her own group, Afro-Latinx Dance Project.
Kristine’s love for the arts and her experience in education led her to work as a Community Building Associate at The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand her knowledge and competencies and to “fill her cup” at Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Additionally, Kristine offers administrative support and guidance to creatives through her consultancy, Consult with Kristine, where she works as a Strategist, Notary Public, and Yoga Teacher. Overall, Kristine’s diverse experiences have given her a unique perspective and skillset that she brings to her work in the performing arts and beyond.