Christal has her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also spent 6 years as an adjunct faculty in the UWM dance department. She is a mover, choreographer, photographer, videographer, film maker, and performer all throughout the Milwaukee area. She gained her start performing professionally with Elizabeth Johnson’s company, Your Mother Dances, spending 4 seasons with the company locally and abroad. She has been a member of Danceworks Performance Company since 2007 performing and creating work on the company. In 2008 she was added to the Danceworks Mad Hot Tap and Ballroom faculty acting an administrator and liaison from 2017-19. In 2012, she cofounded the music and dance trio Cadance Collective helping to co-create pieces through a process where music and dance are worked on simultaneously through improvisational practices and original soundscapes. In 2017 she founded Christal Wagner Photography shooting movement, portraits, events and performances. In 2019 she joined the UWM Dance Department’s marketing team shooting and editing events on campus. In 2020 Christal Wagner became the Saint Kate Art Hotel’s artist in co-residence and their weekly residancer.
To make moving dynamic art that connects with my Milwaukee Community.
To move audiences to escape their daily realities and allow themselves to be transformed by what they see.
To create movement practices with students and community members that brings them to be at balance in the present moment.
To create art that challenges the double standards of being a strong woman.
To support and elevate the voices of my community, collaborators, and fellow artists.