Christopher Nachtrab Dancing "Peter" in Peter and the Wolf
Christopher began his dance training under the tutelage of his mother on Long Island, New York and later continued his ballet and academic studies at Indiana University with famed ballerina Violette Verdy. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Ballet & Comparative Literature, Christopher moved to Virginia to start his professional career with The Richmond Ballet, before heading west to join the Sacramento Ballet. Some of his most memorable performances have been in Amy Seiwert’s It’s Not A Cry, George Balanchine’s Mozartiana (The Gigue), The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), Donizetti Variations(Principal Male), Rubies (Principal Male), Tarantella, Stars & Stripes (El Capitan); Ron Cunningham’s Carmina Burana (Beige Boy/Red Boy/Blue Boy), Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground, Ma Cong’s Blood Rush, as “Herr Drosselmeyer” and “the Cavalier” in The Nutcracker, as “Basilio” in Don Quixote, Act I, as “Albrecht” in Giselle and as the title character in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet.
He has choreographed for the Sacramento Ballet’s ‘Beer & Ballet’ program & for the company’s affiliated Youth Ensemble as well as for Capital Dance Project’s annual performances. As a development specialist for the Sacramento Ballet and as a founding member of Capital Dance Project, he has created several youth programs targeting character development and arts advocacy. Most recently Christopher made his San Francisco Opera premier as a soloist in Rusalka, as well as performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
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