Cris Caivano, M.A.
I am an exercise/movement therapist, personal trainer, certified Qigong instructor, and author. Originally trained in classical ballet and modern dance, I attended SUNY Purchase as an undergraduate. After receiving my bachelors degree in 1978, I joined the Continuing Education faculty there, teaching jazz dance for the next 11 years while also choreographing and performing in NYC.
After receiving my masters degree in Dance Education from Columbia University in 1989, I refocused my work, studying dance therapy at the Laban Institute in London. I then created and ran dance/movement therapy programs at two psychiatric hospitals in Sacramento, CA. After returning home to NYC in 1991, I developed my current practice which specializes in people over 50 years old, but is appropriate for people of all ages.
During the past 15 years I have focused on incorporating Tai Chi and Qigong into my teaching repertoire. I hold a level 4 certification from the Santa Cruz Chi Center, under Lee Holden, and continue my studies whenever possible with Mingtong Gu, Robert Peng, Roger Jahnke, and Chungliang Al Huang.
Teaching people with PD is my latest passion. In 2015 I trained with the Mark Morris Dance Group in their Dance for PD program. I am currently developing a Qigong for Parkinson's program in the Millbrook, NY area, to help show people with PD that they have more options for moving and feeling great than, perhaps, they realize.
Based on more than 35 years of study and teaching experience, I am dedicated to revealing to my students that it is never too late to learn to move and feel better...once you understand how to do it.