Christiana Bennett

Principal Artist

Born: Townsend, Massachusetts

Joined Ballet West: 1999
Promoted to Soloist: 2003
Promoted to Principal: 2004

Training: Pennsylvania Ballet, School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

See Christiana this year in, among other roles:
Giselle (world premiere of Sklute after Perrot/ Gauthier) – Myrtha
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy, The Snow Queen
Swan Lake (Sklute after Petipa) – Odette/Odile
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

On Tour in Aspen, Washington DC, Victoria, BC, Dallas:
Divertimento #15; Mercurial Landscapes (Gates); The Nutcracker; The Lottery;
The Sixth Beauty;In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

2013-14 Season

The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Princess Aurora, Lilac fairy
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen
Who Cares? (Balanchine) – The Man I Love/ Fascinating Rhythm
Divertimento #15 (Balanchine) – Principal
Petite Mort (Kylian) – 5th pas de deux
Forgotten Land (Kylian) – black couple
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her:
The Rite of Spring (Fonte)
The Sixth Beauty (Neenan) – Principal
On Tour:
The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Princess Aurora – Chicago Auditorium Theatre
Diamonds, pas de deux (Balanchine) – Chicago Auditorium Theatre

2012-13 Season

Cinderella (Ashton) – Cinderella
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy
Jewels (Balanchine) – Emeralds principal #1, Diamonds principal
Bolero (Fonte) – principal
But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett) – Final Duet
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her:
The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mrs. Graves
Behind Closed Doors (Anderson)
Spun (Fry)
On Tour:
Emeralds (Balanchine) – principal #1 Smith Center, Las Vegas
Paquita (Kunikova after Petipa) – principal– New York Fall for Dance Festival
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy – The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2011-12 Season

Dracula (Stevenson) – Flora
Don Quixote (Holmes after Petipa) – Queen of the Dryads
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy
Paquita (Kunikova after Petipa) – principal
Emeralds (Balanchine) – principal #1
Petite Mort (Kylian) – 5th pas de deux
No Other (Caniporoli)
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her:
Forces at Play (Anderson)
Eenvoudig (Adams)
On Tour:
Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Chicago Dancing Festival
Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

2010-11 Season

The Sleeping Beauty (world premiere Sklute after Petipa) – Princess Aurora, Carabosse,
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Sanguinic
Carmina Burana (Butler) – principal
Chaconne (Balanchine) – principal
Sinfonietta (Kylian)
Bolero (Fonte) – principal
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her:
Trapped (Ruud) – final pas de deux
On Tour:
Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Las Vegas, Nevada
Serenade (Balanchine) – Waltz lead – Chicago Dancing Festival

2009-10 Season

Swan Lake (world premiere of Sklute after Petipa) – Odette/Odile
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Fairy
The Dream (Ashton) – Helena
Serenade (Balanchine) – Waltz Lead, Dark Angel
Agon (Balanchine) – principal
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Her:
Row (Boye-Christensen)
But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett ) – final duet
On Tour:
Red Angels (Dove), Black Swan pas de deux – Laguna Dance Festival

Favorite Roles: George Balanchine’s Serenade at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009; and as“Odette/Odile” in Adam Sklute’s Swan Lake in 2010.

Additional Information: Before joining Ballet West, Christiana performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Commonwealth Civic Ballet, and was a guest artist for the City Ballet of Boston. She is the recipient of the Coca-Cola Foundation Arts Award and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts award in dance.