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Christina Salerno ’06 stays on her toes as well as her cell phone— but that’s nothing new. The executive direc- tor of the Salt Creek Ballet company near Chicago, she’s been en pointe as a soloist with the Boston Ballet, Zurich Ballet, and Royal Ballet of London. Salerno knew that when she retired from the stage, it would be for another career in the arts, so she studied nonprofit administration through UWW, developing expertise “absolutely essential in my current position.” From the beginning, Salerno felt challenged and vitalized by Skidmore. The UWW admissions process was clarifying, the degree program was rig- orous, and as a dancer she appreciated “holding oneself accountable to a high stan- dard, artistic or intellectual. Skidmore up- held that criterion and pushed me to go fur- ther”—further inward to explore how her experiences and emotions could positively influence her life, and further outward into “the wide and wonderful world, where there are many cultural differences, and finding the beauty and truth in each viewpoint can be wildly invigorating.” Outside the office Salerno is investigating new ways to express her creative impulse—teaching dance, gar- dening, reading memoirs, listening to Leonard Cohen—but none has proved as magical as the greatest oeuvre of her life: a daughter. As a parent, she says, “I encour- age outside-the-box thinking, and I have been continually amazed.”


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