Crystal Fullmer has been teaching dance for more than nineteen years at universities, private studios and conservatories. She received her B.S. in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Idaho in 2003 and M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of New Mexico in 2013.
Fullmer’s early training began at The Jacquie Kunzman School of Ballet in Oregon City, Oregon. It was here she received her foundation in classical ballet from Ms. Kunzman, Nina Vasilieff Raimondo, and Frank Bays. Fullmer also received her first pedagogy mentoring from Jacquie Kunzman and began teaching pre-ballet in 1996. It wasn’t long before she was teaching all levels of ballet technique and pointe classes.
Portrait – Choreography: Donna Jewell
Fullmer owned Northwest Dance Center, in Washington state, from 2006-2009, the only private studio in the area to offer a modern dance program in addition to a full curriculum of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and children’s creative classes. Under her direction, the studio produced the full-length ballets The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, and The Firebird, which incorporated dancers and actors from two major universities, multiple private studios, and the community. The students also premiered many contemporary ballet and modern works by Fullmer and guest choreographers.
Crystal was the Instructor of Dance at Washington State University (2008-2010) where she coordinated all elements of the dance program within the Department of Theatre and Dance. During her time there, enrollment more than doubled in the dance program and the biannual dance concerts grew in choreographic diversity.
In fall 2013 Fullmer joined the faculty of the dance minor program at Central Washington University. She instructed students in all levels of ballet, as well as taught courses in jazz, choreography, dance production, ballroom, beginning folk dance, and assisted with the student dance company, Orchesis.
Wishing to return to working with students majoring in dance, Fullmer accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Alma College in the fall of 2015. Since beginning at Alma College she has staged excerpts from the ballet Raymonda, as well as Act II of Giselle. She is currently in the rehearsal process for two original works for the upcoming season. Courses taught at Alma College have included all levels of ballet technique, pointe, and partnering, dance criticism, dance pedagogy, and dance history. She has also co-directed four main-stage faculty dance concerts and two in-studio productions while at Alma.
Fullmer’s former students have been accepted into the dance programs at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Utah Department of Modern Dance, LINES Ballet at Dominican University, The Hartt School, Western Washington University, University of Idaho, and University of New Mexico. Some have gone on to dance with Ballet 5:8, State Street Ballet, Ballet Idaho, and Third Coast Dance Company.