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On November 3, 2016

Christina Lyon

Christina Lyon was born in Newport Beach, California and began dancing at the age of twelve. She studied with Yvonne Mounsey, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and Rosemary Valaire formerly of the Royal Ballet. At age thirteen, she was invited to train at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She was awarded the Friends of Joffrey Scholarship and was the first place winner of the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. She also spent many summers on merit scholarship at School of American Ballet in New York. At sixteen, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre where she toured internationally with the company. She was also a guest artist with English National Ballet in London and Bavarian National Ballet in Munich. She has worked with such luminaries as Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Maya Plietstskya, Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp and Gelsey Kirkland.
Lyon is the founder and artistic director of Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The gala is designed to bring the world’s elite artists to Mexico in an event to enrich the community. In collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix and keeping with YAGP’s mission to provide performance opportunities to young dancers, the talented finalists are invited to perform with the outstanding guest artists from around the world. The support and sponsorship of the community has been extraordinary and has made it possible to continue the event as an annual tradition.

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