Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance About Ramona Academy of Dance

Kristine Durbin-Griffin
Wanting to share her love for dance with children, and maximize her talents as a dancer and teacher, Kristi Durbin-Griffin established the Ramona/ Julian Academy of Dance (formerly the Julian School of Ballet) in 1987.

Under Ms. Griffin's direction, students are instructed in classical ballet, pointe, tap, acro, jazz, hip-hop, power tumbling, leaps and turns, zumba, country line dance, preschool movement, pre-dance, tiny tumbling, Irish, barre fitness, cardio hip-hop, american sign language, praise dance and yoga. Our competition teams attend 4-6 competitions throughout the year winning countless awards -- including National Champions, Grand Champions, Studio Excellence, Best Musicality, Top Studio, Top Choreographer, Most Entertaining, Spotlight's Showmanship Award, Al Gilbert Tap Award, and the Most Spirited Dance Studio at Disneyland's Dance the Magic Summer Dance Classic! The school has annual recitals, performs at the San Diego Fair, and entertains for 4th of July events. For the last 20+ years the Performing Group, has entertained audiences throughout San Diego county.

With over 50 years experience, Kristi Durbin-Griffin received her training in classical ballet, tap and jazz in St. Louis, New York and San Diego. She Co-Directed the Ramona Ballet Theatre, and founded Wings of a Dove & Angel's Wings (adult and children's Liturgical Dance groups.)

Raised in St. Louis, Ms. Griffin was a soloist in the ballet company for 10 years; worked as a professional dancer/singer in the St. Louis Muny Opera and Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, MO; appeared with the Hudson Brothers and Margaret Hamilton in the "Wizard of Oz", and with Ann Reinking in "Girl Crazy". A professional cheerleader and Captain of the St. Louis Football Cardinal Cheerleaders for three years (in the 1970's), Ms. Griffin was inducted in 2013 into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. She won first place in the Miss Dance of St. Louis contest; in addition to appearing as a model in TIME and TEEN magazines. Ms. Griffin is diversely experienced in the performing arts.

As a Choreographer for Musical Theatre, Ms. Griffin has created the dances in "Fiddler on the Roof" and "A Christmas Carol" for the Pine Hills Dinner Theatre in Julian; "The Music Man", "Fiddler on the Roof" and "The King and I" for the Borrego Springs Performing Art Center; the Julian Melodrama Can-Can dancers; and choreographed and performed as a singer/dancer in "Godspell", "Kiss Me Kate", "P. T. Barnum" and "My Fair Lady" in San Diego; and has also performed at the Coronado Playhouse.

In 2012, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, presented Griffin with a proclamation plaque commemorating 25 years of service to the communities of Ramona and Julian and declared Sept. 25th , "Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance Day" throughout San Diego County.

The Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance has won BEST DANCE STUDIO many years in a row and is committed to providing students with professional, technical training and instilling in them, a love for dance!