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Chris Zarate is an Illinois native and took to dancing early on in his childhood thanks to Michael Jackson videotapes. Chris joined a group named Jr. Untouchables when he was 12 years old and they took the stage at the B96 B-Bash as an opening act.  A few years later, he would audition and become a member for Hip Hop Connxion under the direction of Suavé.  In 2006, he was a part of Connxion's adult crew that won 4th in the world at Hip Hop International.  Over the years, Chris has performed at various shows including World of Dance Chicago, Prelude Midwest, and Urbanite 2xs with Chicago companies such as CODA, the Puzzle League, and even made his own company named Work In Progress. In 2013, Chris was one of the main directors of Chicago's first ever "Mega Crew" to represent at Hip Hop International.  Throughout his career, Chris has harnessed his own style of Urban Choreography.  His work has won numerous choreography and title awards at various competitions including the highest scoring routine at Midwest Starz Nationals for 2016 and 2017.  Currently, Chris the director of City Nation Studios.  He is also a member of the Young Lions Branch in Chicago founded by Ian Eastwood.  Chris is a firm believer in making dance focused on the enjoyment of the art, rather than trying to achieve titles. "It's never about awards or popularity... it's about the memories you make while doing something you love."

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