Ballet Mistress: Christiana Bennett
Christiana is very excited to join the Artistic Staff as Ballet Mistress at Alberta Ballet. Last season, Christiana danced with Alberta Ballet in their productions of The Nutcracker, Dynamic Directions and Romeo & Juliet.
Previous to dancing with Alberta Ballet, Christiana danced with Ballet West for 16 years. There she quickly rose through the ranks and became their leading Principal dancer for 11 seasons. While dancing with Ballet West Christiana was afforded the opportunity to dance all throughout the United States as well as Europe and Asia where she was met with international acclaim. Some of her favourite ballets to perform were Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Diamonds and Serenade, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero, Jiri Kylian’s Sinfonietta, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Aszure Barton’s Happy Little Things. Christiana also had many roles created for her by choreographers such as Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Helen Pickett, Jodie Gates, Val Caniparoli, Christopher Anderson, Garrett Smith and Charlotte Boye-Christensen.
As a native of Massachusetts, most of her training was along the Eastern seaboard at prestigious schools. However, she attributes her career to the training received at Pacific Northwest Ballet School under the tutelage of Francia Russell.