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  • Director of Recruitment, School Of Dance
  • Assistant Professor, School Of Dance
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisor, School Of Dance
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Research Summary

I investigate the Romantic, Classical, and Diaghilev eras of ballet's past, scrutinizing masterworks' social and artistic contexts from a 21st-century perspective. My research investigates the racial, gendered, and socially coded norms relative to the aesthetic of these previous eras. How best to preserve masterworks yet address problematic themes? To keep these works alive, they must continue to breathe and grow as socially acceptable from a 21st-century audience's perspective.

Education

  • MFA, Choreography, Jacksonville University. Project: Choreographic Muses: Mature Classical Ballet Dancers, Embodied Knowledge, And Evolving Professional Expectations.
  • ALB, Liberal Arts, Harvard University
  • Non-degreed study in Ballet Pedagogy, Dance Department, Birmingham Southern College
  • ABT® NTC, ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5, Ballet Pedagogy, American Ballet Theatre. Project: ABT® Affiliate Teacher, 2017&2018
  • Diploma, Ballet Program, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Project: studied Ballet Technique, Character, Pas de Deux with Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Robert Lindgren, Fanchon Cordell, Gyula Pandi, Gina Vidal, Joan Saunders, Frank Smith Studied Modern with Richard Gain, Richard Kuch, and Mabel Robinson
  • Full Merit Scholarship Student, Ballet Program, School of American Ballet. Project: Studied with Stanley Williams, Richard Rapp, and Andre Kramarevesky.
  • Full-Merit Scholarship Student, Ballet , Kirov Academy. Project: Studied with Rudolph Kharatian and Madame Alla Sizova
  • Full-Merit Scholarship Student, Ballet , San Francisco Ballet School. Project: Studied with Jorge Esquivel, Lola De Avila, and Larissa Skylanskaya
  • Full-Merit Scholarship Student , Ballet Program, Boston Ballet School. Project: Studied with Madame Tatiana Legat, Arthur Leethe, and Jean Yves Esquerre

Biography

  •  Christopher Alloways-Ramsey is an Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Utah and the acting Recruitment Director for the Ballet Program. Prior to completing his MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, 2019 Christopher graduated cum laude, Harvard University, ALB, June 2003. Christopher danced professionally for Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet West, BalletMet, and Alabama Ballet dancing a wide range of roles from the international classical repertoire to the works of independent contemporary choreographers. Christopher received the majority of his classical training from Mira Popovich and Dame Sonia Arova.
  • As an educator, Christopher has been on faculty at University of Utah, American Academy of Ballet, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, and The Florida Ballet Conservatory. His former students are currently employed world-wide in ballet companies, modern companies, contemporary companies, and on Broadway. Christopher was a 2013 recipient of the Surdna National Artists Teacher Fellowship Award. In 2014-2016, Christopher worked in Cape Town, South Africa as Ballet Master for Cape Dance Company and Head of the Classical Ballet Department at Cape Academy of Performing Arts. Christopher has been a guest instructor and repetiteur staging classical works and teaching across the United States and internationally.
  • As a coach and principal stager for competitions, Christopher has mentored dancers awarded medals in the South African International Ballet Competition, YAGP Paris, Puerto Rico Classical Dance Competition, and The American Ballet Competiition.
  • Christopher maintains active Research in canonic ballet repertoire.