Christine DeSantis Hoffman
Christine is a music teacher in the Lower School at Collegiate. She earned her degrees in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). After graduation, she moved to Tomioka, Japan, where she taught music and English in elementary and middle schools. Upon returning to Virginia, she taught music at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover for 10 years. In 2012, she achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music. Christine has performed as a vocal soloist with such groups as the Richmond Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Bermuda Festival Orchestra. She currently performs at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and directs their Children’s Choir, in addition to singing and playing guitar and ukulele in an acoustic duo called The Show and Tells. Christine is thrilled to be joining the LIVE ART family this year!
Danaë Carter is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Danaë danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet and Oakland ballet until her retirement in 2009. Highlights of her career include ‘Puck’ in Bill Soleau’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both female leads in John Butler’s Carmina Burana, and the title role in Agnes DeMille’s A Rose for Miss Emily. Since retiring from the Ballet, Danaë has been teaching for SPARC and recently joined as adjunct faculty in the Dance Department at VCU. Having had the honor of being involved from the beginning of the first Live Art project, she is absolutely thrilled to be working on it again and in an even greater capacity. She enjoys bringing the love of dance and music to all people, so that we may all experience the joy it has to offer.