Christina Bernal (1948-2016) (Ballet)

Ms Bernal trained at San Francisco Ballet School and went on to dance with San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Paul Mejia.

Married to Larry Matthews, formerly of the New York City Ballet, she taught a private class for 10 years at David Howard’s studio in New York, in addition to teaching company class for American Ballet Theatre. Ms Bernal also instructed dancers of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Dresden, and Stuttgart Ballet in Germany. With an incredible eye, her focus was on working with alignment, and she was known around the world for helping dancers recover from injuries.

In Bernal’s professional class in New York in the early 1990's, New Ballet Ensemble & School's founder, Katie Smythe, began training in the Bernal Method™. Ms. Smythe is one of three teachers sanctioned to instruct in the Bernal Method™. 

Bernal's teaching approach is equally effective across a broad spectrum of dancers and body types.  Dancers who specialize in varying techniques benefit from this method that is centered on placement, alignment and core muscles strength.

Ms Bernal frequently traveled to Memphis to coach New Ballet's students and professionals, offering private lessons and professional development for the teaching artists. Tina Bernal was a mother, colleague, pioneer, mentor, and distinguished faculty member, whose legacy will live on in work and our hearts forever.

Christina Bernal (1948-2016)