Christopher Sellars - Ballet West First Soloist
Born: Huntington Beach, California
Joined Ballet West II: 2005
Joined Ballet West: 2006
Promoted to Demi-Soloist: 2008
Promoted to Soloist: 2010
Promoted to First Soloist: 2013
Training: Eight years of training under his parents at Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach, California, followed by The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under renowned instructors such as choreographer Christopher Fleming.
Current Repertoire: "Ariel" in Michael Smuin’s The Tempest; "Goro" in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly; "Lead Athlete" in Bronislava Nijinska’s Les Biches; the lead role in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son; "Puck" in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream; the pas de deux from Vasily Vainonen’s Flames of Paris; "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Grand Pas de Deux" from Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker; Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty; Lead Regiment from Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes; the 2010 world premieres of Charlotte Boye-Christensen's Row, Michael Bearden's Descent, and Helen Pickett's But Never Doubt I Love; Sanguinic in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and in his Chaconne; Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta; Nicolo Fonte's Bolero; and in the 2011 world premieres of Christopher Ruud's Trapped, Emily Adams' Regarding Us, and Avichai Scher's White Noise.
Christopher credits the guidance of Ballet West’s Artistic Staff for the continual improvements to his artistry.