Kristalli Papadopoulos, originally from Darmstadt, Germany, started dancing at the age of six.
She has a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Hamburg, Germany. She has performed and taught Greek folk dance for more than 25 years in Europe, and continues her career in North America.
Her heritage and her specialty is teaching the dances from Pontos, Greek Macedonia, and Thrace. For more than 30 years she has studied with prominent Greek teachers, including Kyriakos Moisidis, Petros Selkos, and Nikos Zournandsidis.
While living in Thessaloniki for two years of intense study of Greek culture, Kristalli developed a holistic teaching program for dance. With this method she is able to help students understand a deeper understanding of Greek folk music, movement, and rhythms.
Currently Kristalli lives in Northern California, with her husband, and has begun her practice in bodywork and healing. Along with her work as a physical therapist, she teaches Greek dance to the folkdance community.
Kristalli has taught at Cafe AMAN in the Pacific Arts Center in Los Angeles, California, Caltech Folk Dancers in Pasadena, California, and at the Folk Dance Center in San Diego, California.