Christian Espinel, a native from Los Angeles, CA. studied acting in high school with the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. As a senior, he began training with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, learning various styles from Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tissue, Character, to the Dunham technique. He has performed in many of Ms. Allen’s original productions such as, “Brothers of the Knight” and “Oman O Man”. He was a part of the skeleton crew for “Twist: An American Musical” directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. Through DADA, he joined Unity Dance Ensemble a company founded by So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Tessandra Chavez. His training has lead him to opportunities such as working for Rosero McCoy dancing on Disney’s “Shake It Up”, as well as dancing on BET in Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”. Christian became a member of Utah’s ‘Best Of State’ company; Odyssey Dance Theatre directed by Derryl Yeager. While with Odyssey he has had the opportunity to tour the U.S., as well as internationally in Germany and Istanbul. Recently he traveled to Alaska and the Caribbean as a dancer for Princess Cruises. While in Los Angeles, Espinel can be seen dancing with Artistic Director, Pat Taylor’s JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble. Throughout this dance journey he has had the privilege to share the stage with artists such as, Herbie Hancock, Raven-Simone, Jaleel White, Tichina Arnold, ELEW and others.
When not working as a dancer, Christian Espinel is creating choreography. His style is a contemporary blend of modern, jazz, hip-hop and his own unique quirk, with movement focused on musicality, story, and intention. He has taught throughout California as well as Utah. Christian has choreographed for company KPA Fusion, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, and Culver City’s AVPA. Espinel is currently an instructor at Your Neighborhood Studio in Culver City, CA. as well as a substitute teacher for dance and guest choreographer for Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. He is always open to new opportunities to grow as an artist, set choreography, and instruct classes and workshops.