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Jennifer Christie

PRINCIPAL DANCER

Jennifer Christie, from Romeo, Michigan, trained under the direction of Cornelia Sampson as a member of the Michigan Ballet Theatre. She attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she was invited at seventeen to join their professional division on scholarship. She moved across the country, finishing her high school education online, all while performing in many company productions including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, and West Side Story. In 2011, she joined Oregon Ballet Theatre, first as an apprentice under the direction of Christopher Stowell, followed by a promotion into the company. She then danced principal roles with Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota before accepting a position with Utah Regional Ballet. After one season, Jennifer was promoted to principal along with the rebranding of the company to Utah Metropolitan Ballet. She has performed numerous roles here under Jacqueline Colledge, including Ucanogos in The Legend of Timpanogos, Odette in Swan Lake, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, original choreography by Heather Gray, and the leads in Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Serenade. Jennifer is excited for her fifth season with the company, while she finishes her senior year at Utah Valley University.