Chris Kumre's Choreography
Chris Kumre's Choreography
|Chris Kumre's Choreography
Chris was born
in Monterey, California on September 22, 1973. He is the
youngest of seven children, three older brothers and three older sisters.
As the "baby" of the family he was always entertaining his family and
anybody he could get to laugh and it is no surprise he was always class
clown in school. His first dance interest, at 10 years old, was break
dancing and Hip Hop dancing learning from television (Hammer and Vanilla
ICE). When he was older he went to the Hip Hop dance clubs in Monterey and
found that he could get in free by performing dance exhibitions. He would
organize a group of friends and put together a routine which they would
perform at the club.
His first taste of country western dancing was at a local rodeo dance in
1993 when a group of his friends dared him to learn the Tush Push and the
Electric Slide. He showed them all by not only learning the dances but by
meeting a really cute girl in the process. He began attending dance
classes in the Salinas area (Central California). At first he had
difficulty learning the dances but was intrigued by the intricacy of
dancing and decided to learn more. He was hooked.
Chris has been line dance competing since 1994 and really enjoys meeting
his fellow male competitors for a bit of fun. If you've seen Tom Fiffik,
Paul Lemieaux, Mack Jones, Matt Turrentine or Rob I. on the floor with
Chris you know they're having fun!! Chris competes because it is fun and
you have an opportunity to go out on the floor and do your own thing. His
advice to new competitors is: Do your own thing, have your own style don't
imitate others and have fun. If you've seen Chris dance you'll know he
definitely follows this advice himself.
His first few dances Boogie Woogie Twist and Rebel Srut and didn't really
"catch-on" except locally in the Salinas area. But his third dance Rednex
Stomp caught and is known worldwide. He choreographs a dance based on what
he likes to do himself. Most of his successful dances have been
choreographed in one night. He says, "If it is fun for me to do then I
just figure others will like it too. My opinion on choreography is that if
the song is catchy and the steps are easy people will dance to it. It is
really a thrill to see so many dancers enjoying my dances." Other dances
he has choreographed are Cherokee Boogie (1st place ICE 1997), Come
Together, Working It, Triple H, Moonlight Cha Cha, Doggin the Line,
Cadillac Ranch, B&J Jam and Better Things.
Chris' latest dance project is couples competition. However his love of
line dance will always stay and you will see him out on the competition
floor "hamming it up" for your entertainment. In addition to his other
accomplishments Chris also DJ's and instructs at many CWDI events and has
worked on team and duos choreography.
Chris is the Manager of Hollister Country Feed a western clothing
and feed store (how appropriate). He can be seen practicing his dances in
the aisles of the store during the slow times. You may even catch a
competition video tape or two as you are shopping. He has a six year old
daughter Kayla. When Chris isn't dancing or teaching he loves to play
video games, snow ski, roller blade, wake board and especially watch WWF or
WCW Wrestling. His newest hobby is flying model airplanes. Needless to
say he stays quite busy.
What does he like most about country western dancing? The people are just
terrific and are very friendly.
© 1997 Line Dance Fun