“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”

Although he considers himself neither an athlete nor artist, Christopher Peter Makris has always appreciated the tandem nature of dance that blurs the line between physicality and creativity. To him, dance represents not only an outlet of expression, but also a loving community where his heart has fallen. Throughout the past decade, CPM has been an integral performer and choreographer of organizations primarily including Dancers’ Symposium, DS Company, and SoulStylz at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University. While CPM has never been formally trained, he aims to fluidly layer hip hop, jazz, and contemporary technique while stretching his dancers beyond their full potential. CPM graduated as a member of the Humanities Scholar Program with both college and university honors; he received degrees in Logic, Discrete Mathematics, and Statistics, ultimately became a Master in Statistical Practice, and currently works as a Director of Data Science – even though he can only count to eight in rehearsal. CPM is humbled to be among this immensely talented group of dancers and choreographers, and is absolutely thrilled to be a veteran choreographer and member of the DanceWorks New York City family.