Christopher Ruud

Principal Artist

Born: San Francisco, California

Joined Ballet West: 1998
Promoted to Soloist: 2001
Promoted to Principal: 2004

Training: San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, University of Utah Ballet Department

See Christopher this year in, among other roles:
Giselle (world premiere of Sklute after Perrot/ Gauthier) – Albrecht, Hilarion
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, The Snow King, Flowers Lead
Swan Lake (Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Siegfried
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe)

On Tour in Aspen, Washington DC, New York, Victoria, BC, Dallas:
Mercurial Landscapes (Gates), The Nutcracker, The Lottery, Games (Pickett world premiere),
The Sixth Beauty, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Presto (Fonte)

2013-14 Season

The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire, King
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King, Flowers Lead
The Firebird (Christensen) – Ivan Tsarevich
Petite Mort (Kylian) – 3rd pas de deux
Coppelia – pas de deux
The Sixth Beauty (Neenan) – Principal
Choreography:
Great Souls
On Tour:
The Sleeping Beauty (Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire – Chicago Auditorium Theatre
Rubies (Balanchine) – principal– Chicago Auditorium Theatre
The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mr. Summers– Chicago Auditorium Theatre

2012-13 Season

Cinderella (Ashton) – The Prince, Step-Sister
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
Jewels (Balanchine) – Rubies principal
Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett) – First Duet
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him:
The Lottery (Caniporoli) – Mr. Summers
Mercurial Landscape (Gates)
Choreography:
Trapped
On Tour:
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavelier – The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2011-12 Season

Don Quixote (Holmes after Petipa) – Basilio
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier,
Petite Mort (Kylian) – 3rd pas de deux
Ruth, Ricordi per Due (Arpino)
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him:
Descent (Bearden) – The Grand Duke
Eenvoudig (Adams)
On Tour:
Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Chicago Dancing Festival
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Melancholic – Wolf Trap Park for the Performing Arts
Sinfonietta (Kylian) – Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

2010-11 Season

The Sleeping Beauty (world premiere Sklute after Petipa) – Prince Desire, Suitor from the South
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
The Four Temperaments (Balanchine) – Melancholic
Carmina Burana (Butler) – principal
Sinfonietta (Kylian)
Bolero (Fonte) – soloist
Kerrmesse in Brugges pas de deux
Choreography:
Trapped
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) – Prince Siegfried
The Nutcracker (Christensen) – Sugar Plum Cavalier
The Dream (Ashton) – Oberon
Serenade (Balanchine) – Waltz Lead
Stars & Stripes (Balanchine) – principal
Selected World Premiere Roles Created for Him:
Row (Boye-Christensen)
But Never Doubt I Love (Pickett ) – first duet
On Tour:
Red Angels (Dove), Black Swan pas de deux – Laguna Dance Festival

Additional Information: Son of respected dancer and choreographer Tomm Ruud, Christopher is responsible for his father’s works. He has set and performed his father’s ballets, such as MOBILE, for companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet Co. He can be seen as a guest artist in frequent performances throughout the US.
After 15 years as a dancer with Ballet West, Christopher has added choreographer to his responsibilities. His works Without Fall and Trapped were performed at the 2012 Gala and Innovations program. In 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, enabling him to create his recent piece, Strum.