About Crystal
My name is Crystal Sutherland.  I graduated with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in dance, concentrating on pedagogy, from Columbia College Chicago in 2016.  I have danced my whole life and am giving back by being a dance teacher; maybe becoming a studio owner in the future. I was born with a mild to moderate, sensorineural, bilateral hearing loss and I wouldn't change it for anything. It was my hearing loss that started my love of dance and it defines a part of who I am.

During my time at Columbia, I have gained much knowledge about dance.  I trained in rigorous modern technique and others such as ballet, improvisation, and West African.  I am educated in dance composition, production, theory, history, and pedagogy from qualified professionals. I have also participated in classes that taught Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Alexander, Graham, Humphrey, and Petronio technique. 

I am originally from a small town in northern Wisconsin called Mercer.  It has my heart and will always be my home. Experiencing the small town life and the city life has been very beneficial to me.  They are polar opposites, but I wouldn't change my experiences for the world.  I live in

Madison, Wisconsin, where I am currently a member of the Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company .  I mainly teach modern technique but other various styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, and improvision at Midwest Performing Arts in Waunakee, A Leap Above Dance in Oregon, Central Midwest Ballet Acadmey in Middleton, and teach assist at Storybook Ballet on the west side of Madison.

I have professionally performed in numerous pieces during my time at MCVD. A few favorites include "Path to Peace" by Michael Knight and "Multimodal" by Corinne Jones. I have also professionally choreographed a piece called "Dear L, Love C" which premieired in 2017. This piece was a personal and emotional story about a destivating fall out of a meaningful friendship. I plan to continue creating more pieces with MCVD.
During my time in Columbia, I have performed in many wonderful pieces.  In the fall semester of 2012, I performed in a piece called “I’m here, we’re here” by Taisha Paggett & the dancers in the Repertory Performance Workshop & Faculty Concert.  I performed in a piece called “Beyond the Edges" which was created by Alicia Wilson & the dancers in the Choreographic Project Concert: move-meant during the spring semester of 2015.  In my final semester, I performed in Student Performance Night in a piece by Rebecca Huang called "Futherance to Occlusion." I was also a part of the Repetory Performance Workshop, where I performed pieces by Dr. Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris, Pamela McNeil, and Jessica Miller Tomlinson. The college stage prepared me for the professional stage and will be forever grateful.