Christiana is a remarkably talented and mature dance artist.  Her passion for and devotion to dance is evident and full – and is matched by her devotion to and care for her fellow practitioners – for the people who make up the art form of dance.  It is her exceptional and unrestrained ability to care for others through her participation in dance that distinguishes Christiana from so many other talented dancers and dance-makers.  Christiana possesses a truly generous, giving spirit as a dancer, teacher and dance-maker. 

– Jesse Zaritt


Christiana Barnett-Murphy has had a passion for dance since childhood. She began dancing professionally while in high school with 2 Near the Edge Dance Company in the ongoing production “Night of Renewal”, which was performed throughout the North Carolina region including First Night Raleigh, Duke University, and The University of North Carolina. She has performed in works by Andrea E. Woods Valdes and Ava Lavonne Vinesett as a part of Duke Repertory Dance. Christiana attended the American Dance Festival as a student for five summers and has had the opportunity to learn from and perform with some of the best in Contemporary dance. During the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2014 Christiana was the personal assistant to ADF faculty member, Jesse Zaritt.  In 2013, Christiana was awarded the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant to create and perform her solo dance project, “Burning”.  She is a company member of Diego Carrasco Dance and is currently on faculty at Triangle Youth Ballet, Ninth Street Dance, and North Carolina Arts in Action. She is also the founder and admin of the successful Facebook Group, NC Dancers, which connects dancers of all mediums throughout North Carolina and beyond. Born in Southern California, but raised in Durham, North Carolina, Christiana’s eclectic history feeds her perspective and work.