Chrysta Brown


BSR Contributor Since March 3, 2015

Chrysta Brown hails from Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA in dance performance from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. She splits her time between dancing, writing, writing about dance, and searching for cheap plane tickets. Visit her online at

Chrysta Brown earned her BFA in dance performance with a minor in Human Rights Education from Southern Methodist University. During her time at SMU, in addition to creating and producing her own choreographic projects, she was able to study with and perform the works of Donald McKayle, Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, and Arthur Mitchell.

After college, she moved to Denver. In Colorado, she danced and choreographed for Ascential Dance Colorado and Peek-a-Boo Sole Productions. In addition to her passion for dance education and performance, Chrysta enjoys writing and holds her MFA in creative writing with a concentration in creative nonfiction.

Since relocating back to Philadelphia, she has danced with several companies and independent artists. She is currently performing with Dancefusion. She teaches youth and adult dance and fitness classes at several studios in the Philadelphia metro and is the company manager for West Chester Dance Works.

Chrysta regularly writes for Relief Journal and the Philadelphia Dance Journal. Her work has been featured in the Meadows School of the Arts newsletter, CultureMob Denver, and the Colorado Dance Alliance newsletter. She has also been known to write thought-provoking tweets at @chrystawithawhy.

You can visit her online at

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Daniel Sarabia and Patricia Delgado perform a Swan Lake pas de deux at Miami City Ballet. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Copeland and Mack in the Washington Ballet's 'Swan Lake'

Black and white swans

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack starred in Washington Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. This is the first time an American production of the ballet has cast black dancers as the leading couple.

Chrysta Brown

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Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Fadeley and Zachary Hench in Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake” (Photo: Alexander Iziliaev)

Two productions of 'Swan Lake'

The price of a swan

Contrary to what the “experts” say, ballet is neither dead nor dying. It is merely under the sort of spell that can only be broken by love for it.

Chrysta Brown

Articles 3 minute read