Kristi DeCaminada joined the SF Ballet School Faculty in 1995 and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Known as Miss Kristi to her students, she currently teaches Pre-Ballet, Levels 1 and Level 2, and the summer ballet camp for children ages 4 to 12.
DeCaminada coaches children’s roles in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker and also teaches the Nutcracker Master Class. She teaches and choreographs for San Francisco Ballet’s Family Connections, Let’s Dance!, SF Public Library, Westfield Center and Sensory Friendly workshops, as well as the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club Summer Dance Camp at San Francisco Ballet, and Stern Grove’s Kidstage.
DeCaminada has taught for San Francisco Ballet Education & Training Department’s Community Scholarship Program, the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Easter Seals, the Hills Project, and St. Lukes’s Pre-School, as well as other children’s ballet programs.
DeCaminada began her training at San Francisco Ballet School in pre-ballet and went on to complete the School’s entire course of study. She performed roles in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Coppelia, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and other Company productions, including Opening Night Gala and Stern Grove. She continues to perform character roles in SF Ballet’s Nutcracker.
DeCaminada earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley as an alumni scholar with advanced studies specializing in education, teaching, and early childhood development.