Cristina Mendanha is a PhD student in Art Education in The Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Oporto. From 1981 to 1983 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Professional Training School of Companhia Nacional de Bailado. She holds a Degree in Fine Arts-Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Oporto (1989). In 1995, she received a Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, London and Master in Art, Craft and Design Education from the University of Surrey Roehampton, with the thesis, 'Fine arts as art education', in 2001. In 1992 she founded Arte Total, and holds the position of Art Director and Teacher. Since 1999 she has produced the program Salvo Conduto and the program Guelra with choreographers Romulus Neagu, Maria Ines Villasmil, Vicente Trindade, Paulo Henrique, Joana Providência, Aldara Bizarro, Peter Michael Dietz, Teresa Prima, Gabriela Barros, David Ramalho, Carlota Lagido, Armando Pinho, Madalena Victorino, Maria Reis Lima and Valentina Parravicini. From 2009-2012 was a Invited Assistant at Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo-ESE. Advisory Board Member of Theatro Circo de Braga, 2006 – 2014. Team Member of the Artistic Capital of Culture Guimarães - Community Area, 2010-2012. Advisory Board Member of UNESCO Braga Media Art City.