Associate Artistic Director: Christopher Anderson
Mr. Anderson is extremely excited to be part of the Alberta Ballet Artistic Team after retiring from a lengthy and successful career with Ballet West. His formal training began at the age of 14 in Maryland, under the guidance of Sylvester Campbell and Norma Pera, at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He then went on to attend the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, studying primarily with Gayle Young, Bettijane Sills, and Rosanna Seravalli. Upon graduating with Honors in the spring of 1999 he was invited to join the Boston Ballet by then Artistic Director Anna-Marie Holmes. After two seasons dancing with the Boston Ballet he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to become a member of Ballet West. During his tenure with Ballet West, Mr. Anderson danced 14 seasons and rose to the rank of Soloist. He danced under the Artistic Direction of Jonas Kage, Pamela Robinson, and most recently Adam Sklute.
With a professional career spanning 16 years, he has built an extensive repertoire of both classical and contemporary work. Additionally, he has been incredibly fortunate to dance leading roles both nationally and internationally, including several roles created for him by some of today’s most exciting choreographers. His most recent performance repertoire includes the works of George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, William Christensen, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Nicolo Fonte, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, and Matthew Neenan. While with Ballet West, he had the opportunity to create his own work for the company, having a total of 3 works commissioned by Ballet West for their Innovations program. He has also served as a contributing member of the Ballet West Academy faculty. This is Mr. Anderson’s second season with Alberta Ballet, and first season as Associate Artistic Director.