Christopher Elias Grant-Montoya received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Washington. He was born in St. Johns, AZ but grew up in South Phoenix.
Mr. Grant-Montoya began his academic journey with the University of Arizona, taking time off periodically to work with professional dance companies Gus Giordano, David Taylor Dance Theatre, and Les Ballets Trockadero.
Coming to Seattle with his husband in 2011, Mr. Grant-Montoya completed his undergraduate degree with Cornish College of the Arts. While at Cornish, he danced with Seattle Dance Project and Men In Dance, however his goals shifted from professional work to teaching dance in higher education, which led him to receive his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.
He chose the UW dance department because its curriculum and faculty is one of the best in the country, and he knew the program would prepare him for teaching at the collegiate level while assisting him to understand the importance of dance education.
Mr. Grant-Montoya is most proud of the class that he developed on the Romantic era of ballet with the assistance of Professor Hannah Wiley. Chris is currently the Principal of The School of Spectrum Dance Theater where he has been for the past three years.