I am an alumni of BTA where I have performed both as a student and as a professional. As a young dancer when I saw On the Sawdust Trail, a fantastic story told in the most incredible way, my eyes were open wide and I sat watching on the edge of my seat. I still have vivid images of that show and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to be a part of Bridge to Artists. Thanks to Vlad I was able to attend the Ailey School in New York City, where I have since graduated. I have performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Zest Collective, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and XY Dance Project. It is because of my time at BTA that I have been called a valuable, professional, and extremely mature dancer. BTA has produced some of the most powerful shows I have ever had the chance to watch and be a part of. It is entertaining, evocative, and always extremely well done. I would recommend BTA to any dancer, any audience member, and any professional because BTA has captured my heart.
Christopher Baptista is a professional dance artist living in New York City. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Igal Perry, Nijawwon Matthews, Linda Garneu, Teddy Forance, and more. He was a part of Bridge to Artists for multiple shows including Checkmate, The Village, and Carmen, and is always proud to say that BTA changed his life for the better. Thank you to his family, to Vlad, and to the people who have always believed in him.