Christopher Ruud

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

2014–15 Season

  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • Mercurial Landescapes (Gates) On Tour – Aspen Performing Arts Center, Aspen, Colorado
  • Ruth, Ricordi Per Due (Arpino) (Grand America Hotel Ballroom, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Giselle (Sklute after Perrot/Coralli) Prince Albrecht, Hilarion, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour- Austad Auditorium, Ogden, Utah Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) On Tour – Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Sugar Plum Cavalier, Snow King
  • The Nutcracker (Christensen) Snow King, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Waltz of the Flowers Soloist, Arabian Soloist, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Swan Lake (Sklute, after Petipa) Prince Siegfried, Spanish Variation, (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Games (Pickett) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York
  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – Joyce Theater, New York City, New York, Mr. Summers
  • Almost Tango (Fonte) Principal (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) Man 1 (Salt Lake City, JEQ Capitol Theater)
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Man #1
  • The Lottery (Caniparoli) On Tour – On Tour -Royal Theater, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Mr. Summers
  • Pulse (Fry) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Presto (Fonte)(Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Facades (Smith) (Salt Lake City, Rose Wagner Theater)
  • Presto (Fonte) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Belcher Center, Longview, Texas
  • In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (Forsythe) On Tour – Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas, Man #1
  • Mercurial Landscapes (Gates) On Tour – Winspear Opera House,Dallas, Texas

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:
Christopher Ruud has been a part of the performing arts since birth. Growing up back stage at San Francisco Ballet he absorbed the art of professional dance, performance and stagecraft. Receiving the majority of his dance training at San Francisco Ballet School he began his performing career on the Opera House stage. Christopher later found himself at the University of Utah as a student in the Ballet department. Gleaning what he could from the environment that William Christensen began he was hired into Ballet West in 1998. Quickly moving through the ranks he was named Principal Dancer in 2004. He has spent the last 18 years as a dancer for Ballet West performing a huge range of classical and contemporary repertoire at home, all over the United States and internationally. Most notably to sold-out houses in China, Scotland, Canada, Chicago, New York and at the Kennedy Center receiving glowing reviews.

In his time with the company he has worked personally with some of the great names in the ballet world such as: Sir Anthony Dowell, Cynthia Gregory, Glen Tetley, Bart Cook, Ben Stevenson, Hans Van Mannen, Francia Russell, Amanda McKerrow & John Gardener, Keith Roberts, Anna Marie Holmes, Christopher Bruce and Bruce Marks. Recently Christopher has had success as a choreographer for Ballet West having his ballets performed in the Innovations program and at the annual gala performance garnering such awards as a New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship as well as several NEA grants. The annual Utah Arts Festival, now in its 40th year, has sought a collaborative relationship with Christopher awarding him the Dance Commission for 2 years running and continues to rely on him to be a conduit to the dance community in Utah.

He spent two years as the Director of Ballet West 2 teaching, coaching and choreographing for a group of 10-12 young dancers, 8 of which are now in the main company. Christopher is still a fully committed dancer for Ballet West and at the same time is well into the journey of being a leader and creator in the professional dance world. He has a voracious appetite for creating and being a part of leading edge, world-class performance and art while pushing the boundaries of how dancers and dance companies can connect with and move an audience in this age.