Chris Estrella's life as a dancer began when he was about 15 years old. He and his friends used to get together and dance in their garages after school. When they began performing at different venues, Estrella found himself enamored with the whole process - working together as a team, the hard work in perfecting a piece, the costumes, the rehearsals and the adrenalin rush of performing.
Before graduating from college, Estrella had already begun developing C-Star Productionz and was teaching all over the county. He put on small shows at studios so his students could showcase what they were learning in class. Due to its popularity, the show kept increasing in size.
In 2006, Estrella did some volunteer work with teenagers and became aware of the many problems in San Diego. When he decided to combine his shows with this cause, artists started coming out of the woodwork to be part of it.
His next "All 4 U Talent and Dance" show will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at UCSD's Mandeville Auditorium. The show, which will feature hip-hop, tap, ballroom, salsa, hula and belly dancing, will benefit homeless teens in San Diego County.
For more information, call (858) 534-TIXS or visit
- Tickets are $15-$25.
What brought you to Carmel Valley?
The location - it is central to my work and all my friends.
What makes Carmel Valley special to you?
It is close to all the people I love and has every convenience imaginable from the ocean to Jimbo's to the library.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Carmel Valley?
I would like to see all these successful people who live here get together and work on a common cause.
Who or what inspires you?
The life of Jesus and people who try to do good in the world and can see beyond themselves.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Jesus, Virgin Mary, the Pope, Superman, Janet Jackson, President Obama, my grandmother and my grandfather.
What are you currently reading?
"The Alchemist," which is a book about finding and living out your destiny.
What is your most prized possession?
My traveling cap that I wear when I travel. It brings me luck.
What do you do for fun?
I like to workout, surf and travel.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
Dancing and making a difference in people's lives.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
Live life to the fullest.