Christina Ghiardi (Chance-to-Choreograph Artist 2021)
Christina received her early ballet training from Morgantown Dance Studio in Morgantown, West Virginia. At 14, she join the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program on full scholarship where she studied for one year. Christina attended the School of American Ballet’s 2008 Summer Course and was invited to attend the School’s Winter Term where she completed four years of pre-professional training. Christina has danced with Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and is currently with Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT), performing lead roles in ballets by George Balanchine including “Hippolyta” in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Serenade (Dark Angel), Who Cares? (Jumping Girl), Western Symphony (Rondo) and “Striptease Girl” in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. She has also danced principal and soloist roles such as “Myrtha” in Giselle, “Fairy Godmother” in Cinderella, "Flora" in Ben Stevenson's Dracula, "The Queen of Hearts" in Septime Webre's Alice (In Wonderland) and “Sugar Plum Fairy”, “Arabian" and “Spring Fairy” in The Nutcracker. In May of 2018, Christina was featured in Matthew Neenan’s World Premiere for NBT, “ Until December”. During Christina's final year at SAB, she was one of two advanced students selected by Peter Martins and Kay Mazzo for an inaugural student teacher program. Christina is a faculty teacher for Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional division, at The Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, and is a guest teacher for both SAB’s Summer Course and Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Program each summer. As a choreographer, Christina's works have been featured at NBT, SAB, Boston Ballet School, and Dallas Ballet Company.