Kristin has performed as a company member of Columbus Dance Theatre, Ballet Quad Cities, Northern Ballet Theatre, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Paradise Ballet Theatre, Opera Columbus, and Images of Dance (London). She has danced in works by George Balanchine, Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa, Lynn Andrews, Penny Askew, Deanna Carter, Margaret Mead-Finizio, Kennet Oberly, Stella Kane, Maria Glimcher, Johanne Jakhelln, Alun Jones, Kim Robards, Bettijane Sills, and Tim Veach. Some of her favorite roles include the Milkmaid in Ashton’s Façade, the Snowy Egret Queen in Jones’ Nutcracker Key West, and dancing as a soloist in Oberly’s Goldberg Variations. She continues to perform as an independent artist.
Marrs trained at SUNY Purchase and London Studio Centre, and holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. She has taught ballet technique at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Columbus Dance Theatre Intensive Training Program, University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and as a guest artist at Ohio Wesleyan University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China). She is a certified instructor of vinyasa and yin yoga, and an Alexander Technique teacher trainee with the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Her research and teaching interests include the integration of healthy somatic practices with the precision of ballet technique.
Marrs’ choreography focuses on the evolution of ballet technique and narrative form, and she has presented her work at concert and site-specific venues around the United States. Works include A Poet’s Love, featuring live performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with baritone Bryce Weber and pianist Lin-yu Wang; Out of the Depths, set to Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite and featured at the American College Dance Association Gala concert; an original Alice in Wonderland co-choreographed with Eleanor Goudie-Averill; and a restaging of the classic ballet Paquita with the University of Iowa Youth Ballet. A frequent collaborator with fellow artists, musicians, and designers, she and Iowa oboe professor Dr. Courtney Miller are the co-founders of Con Moto, a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble that offers creative, outreach, and performance opportunities for artists working in myriad genres. In 2017, Marrs will be performing and teaching workshops with Con Moto on a national tour.