Christal has her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is on adjunct faculty in the UWM dance department. She is a visual artist versed in Movement, Choreography, Video and Photography. She gained her start performing with Your Mother Dances for 4 seasons locally and abroad and is currently a senior member of Danceworks Performance Company. She has been performing and creating staged and video work on the company since 2007. Christal is a cofounder of the music and dance trio Cadance Collective, co-creating pieces through processes where music and dance are worked on simultaneously through improvisational practices and original soundscapes. Her Video work has been presented in collaboration with Danceworks Inc, Milwaukee Dance Theatre Network, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, UWM Dance, The Saint Kate Arts Hotel, The Cactus Club, and Li Chiao-Ping Dance where she was a 2020 SEED Creation Fund grant recipient. In 2020 Christal Wagner became the Saint Kate Art Hotel’s FIRST artist in co-residence and their weekly residancer. Christal’s mission is to support and elevate the voices of her community, collaborators, and fellow artists.
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.