Artist and educator, Cristina is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at UTEP and is serving as President for the World Dance Alliance Americas. She worked as full-time professor and Chair of the Arts Department at Universidad De Las Americas Puebla. Cristina co-directed Legitimate Bodies Dance Company and I.F. O.N.L.Y. Dance Festival (Ireland), the forum Performatica (Mexico). She has presented her creative and scholarly work at several conferences and universities in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America, and received several awards from The Irish Arts Council and the European Cultural Foundation. She holds an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Postgraduate Diploma from the London Contemporary Dance School.​