About Us

1st Position Dance and Movement Technology classes are taught by founder and director Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz.

About the Director: Dr. Citlali Lopez-Ortiz received a MA in Dance Biomechanics from the State University of New York at Brockport. Her PhD from the University of Wisconsin focused on biomechanics. She is Faculty at The Joffrey Academy of Dance, The Official School of the Joffrey Ballet. As a research scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Northwestern University, she did research on the neural basis of movement coordination and the scientific basis for dance as therapy for rehabilitation of movement disorders and enhanced motor learning for people of all abilities. Dr. Lopez-Ortiz is a certified Classical Ballet instructor She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She teaches classical ballet based dance to persons with movement disabilities such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease and trains professional classical ballet dancers.