International author, renowned Brazilian psychotherapist, and Weight Loss Master Coach, Chris Linnares is quickly becoming a leading voice for womenís wellness. Linnares has completed advanced studies in Cognitive Therapy at Harvard University and is the author of several books on womenís health and empowerment, including the award-winning book and social project Beautiful Women of North Dakota™. Founder of the Dance your own Dance Foundation and creator of the acclaimed Diva Dance®, her pioneering work and inspiring life story have been featured in Marie Claire, Shape and Womenís Health.
In her native country, Chris Linnares touched a generation of women with her books, radio show, DVD and her acclaimed play Divas on the Divan. A smash hit for more than 5 years, Divas on Divan, written and performed by Chris Linnares became the best selling theater DVD in Brazil and is used in universities and schools throughout the country to build the self-esteem of young girls and women. With her amazing life story, passion, humor and innovative way of integrating science, dance, sensuality and spirituality in a journey to optimal health, Linnares dazzles audiences all over the world and is redefining womenís empowerment.
From Rio, LA, Paris, to London, women all over the world are shaking their blues away with her revolutionary Diva Dance®. This fun, powerful and never-seen-before program has earned rave reviews from media and leading organizations, including the American Heart Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield and others. Dr. Robert Sallis, past president of the American College of Sports and Medicine, asserts, "Diva Dance DVD is a must-see for every woman. Itís the medicine you need to feel and look great!" Fox television proclaims, "Get you groove on! Diva Dance is a powerful tool to increase women's self esteem!"
Diva Dance® was created by Chris Linnares in her journey to discover a more natural way to overcome depression, grief and overweight battles after a dramatic change when she got married and left a successful career in the tropics of Brazil to move to the tundra of Fargo, North Dakota. After extensive research on the power of the mind-body connection, Chris felt compelled to use her knowledge as a Clinical Psychologist and Professional Dancer to develop a natural and powerful way to heal and transform her life. In a world where 72.5 million U.S. adults are obese and antidepressants are the most-used prescription medication, her fun and groundbreaking message of "fewer pills, more booty shaking" is transforming the lives of many women who are discovering a more natural way to create a healthy body, happy mind and hot life.
Chris Linnares continues to live in Fargo, N.D. (U.S.A.), where she is a proud mom, step-mom and "part-time wife" to publisher and filmmaker Billy Black. Together, they created the social project Beautiful Women Of™ to encourage young kids to use Art and Literature as a way to expand the definition of beauty and bring human values to light. In 2011 more than 12,000 kids will have the opportunity to be touched by this mission. A member of the International Coach Federation, her passion for womenís health got her involved in the Dakota Medical Foundation, which works to improve health and access to health care services.