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Christopher Ruud from "Breaking Pointe" stars in The CW reality docu-series.

Christopher Ruud joined Ballet West in 1998 and has been a Principal dancer for eight years. Christopher's mother danced for Ballet West and his father was one of the company's first male principal dancers. He was recently appointed as Director of Ballet West II, a two-year training program for young dancers who aspire to dance professionally in the main company. Christopher is working on learning how to balance both
Christopher Ruud of "Breaking Pointe"
Christopher Ruud Breaking Pointe
responsibilities on a personal and professional level.

A native of San Francisco, Christopher began his training at the San Francisco Ballet School, where he studied for six years and performed numerous children's roles in the SF Ballet repertoire. He received additional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, before training at the University of Utah Ballet Department. Christopher joined Ballet West in 1998, was promoted to Soloist in 2001 and Principal in 2004.

With Ballet West, Christopher has toured throughout the United States and abroad including multi-city tours in China and in Scotland at the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of his notable roles include "Petruchio" in John Cranko's "The Taming of the Shrew"; the Second Pas de Deux in Antony Tudor's "The Leaves Are Fading"; Christopher Bruce's "Ghost Dances"; William Forsythe's "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated"; Val Caniparoli's "Lamberana and Book of Alleged Dances"; and Romeo in Jonas Kage's "Romeo and Juliet." Christopher has performed the principal roles in multiple versions of such classics as "Swan Lake," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Giselle," "Cinderella," "Don Quixote" and "Le Corsaire Pas de Deux." He has also danced leading roles in works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian, Antony Tudor, Hans van Manen and Nicolo Fonte. Christopher's favorite Balanchine credits include Liza in "Who Cares?"; Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; "Serenade"; Melancholic and Sanguinic in "The Four Temperaments"; "Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux"; El Capitan in "Stars and Stripes"; and the principal in "Theme and Variations." Recently he has had works created on him by Nicolo Fonte in "The Immeasurable Cadences Within," Helen Picket in "But Never Doubt I Love," Charlotte Boye-Christensen in "Row," and Val Caniparoli in "The Lottery."

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 and Director of Ballet West II 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 latest piece, "Strum." As Director of Ballet West II, he is honored to carry the responsibility of teaching and training the future dancers of Ballet West.

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Age: ∼34 years old
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

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