Not long ago, if you asked Christianne Sainz, '06 what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer would undoubtedly include performing with the world famous group Cirque du Soleil. Five years after graduating from GVSU, her dream is within reach.
Sainz graduated with a degree in theatre and met her current boss Alison Williams during a guest artist workshop at GVSU. Since then, her career has taken off, and she has been traveling the world with her friends. Recently she helped to produce a modern-day circus called "Stand Up 8." The part theatre, part gymnastics show features 8 performers with backgrounds in street performance and comedy. No animals, just pure talent.
A Plainfield, Michigan native and a 2006 graduate, Sainz is a five-time national trampoline champion, and most recently returned to Grand Valley to perform in front of hundreds of students with "Stand Up 8" as a part of the 50th Anniversary event on March 24.
Her journey has not always been fun and games. After suffering several serious injuries throughout college, Sainz was unsure if she would ever be able to get on the trampoline again. It was her determination that kept her training, and eventually soaring to new heights.
She currently calls Los Angeles, California "home," and when she's not traveling, she is teaching gymnastics to pre-school aged children. Check out the Stand Up 8 website for the latest tour schedule.
To see Sainz's performance on the trampoline and more of her interview go to our YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/grandvalleyalum