School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Christy O'Connell-Black began her dance training with traditional Irish Step Dancing in Plymouth, MI where she traveled the country competing, taking second place nationally at age 7. At age 15 she joined Michigan Classic Ballet Company for 4 seasons before attending UNC on scholarship, where she received her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2002, while acting as ballet mistress with Colorado Dance Theatre.
Since graduating, Christy has danced with 8th Street Contemporary Dance Company and was in the national commercial for PakMail. She has also choreographed for groups such as UNC theatre/dance department, Monte/Black Dances, and various Colorado high schools. Christy is a student at UNC once again, working towards completing her MA in Theatre Education in December 2010. She currently teaches dance at Greeley Central High School and is their Arts magnet coordinator. This season, Christy is teaching Ballet I, Ballet II, and Choreography I at UNC.