Christian Atayde Stoinev is a fifth generation performer born on December 4, 1991 in Sarasota, Florida. With a fluency in three languages- Bulgarian, Spanish, and English - Christian has traveled the world performing in front of Princes, International audiences, and renowned public officials.
Christian’s commitment to the performing arts began in Mexico at the age of 5. At the age of 13, Christian was one of the youngest acts in the renowned Big Apple Circus. Beginning in 2001, Christian became a company member for the Big Apple Circus, touring throughout the United States. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Baltimore Sun.
Although Christian has primarily focused on live performances, it has not stopped him from appearing in TV commercials and Television Specials worldwide. Whether it has been performing as the opening act on Britney Spear’s “Circus” tour, appearing on MTV en Español, America’s Got Talent, or Martha Stewart Live; Christian’s athleticism, personality, and high quality live performing skills are paramount.
In 2014, Christian auditioned for America's Got Talent and received a standing ovation from all four judges that porpelled him to "Judgment Week" in New York City. There he introduced his beloved chihuahua, Scooby, and the two advanced to the live shows in Radio City Music Hall. A successful quartfinals routine advanced them to the semifinals, where through the "Snapple Save" vote they were named Top 12 Finalists. Their AGT run was an incredible experience and one that has helped Christian grow not only as a perfomer, but also as an individual.
Christian’s commitment to performing arts has always been in tact, but he also remained focused on his goal of earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Following his graduation from Illinois State University in May of 2013, Christian became the first in his family to graduate from college. In his four years as a college student, Christian also developed a solo hand-balancing routine that he went on to perform on tour as part of Cirque Musica shortly after graduating.
Christian's professionalism, modesty, and respect are unique qualities that are leading him to a promising future. Christian's main act with his partner Scooby is currently thriving within the National Basketball Association as halftime entertainment. In their first season performing for the NBA, they have already performed for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, and Chicago Bulls, among others. As the 2015-16 NBA season continues, Christian hopes to continue succeeding within the NBA confines while also expanding his worldwide experiences as a performer.