2017-18 | Hostos Community College
Christopher Rudd began dancing in Miami, FL at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB). He became the first black person to dance the title role in Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” an accomplishment for which ABC’s Peter Jennings named him Person of the Week in 1991. A graduate of New World School of the Arts (NWSA), Mr. Rudd has performed with Carolina Ballet as a founding member, Alberta Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (soloist), and for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Zaia.” Christopher has choreographed for Duke University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Alberta Ballet’s Workshop, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and The Alvin Ailey School. He has been awarded residencies at Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates 2015, at Vendetta Mathea’s La Manufacture in Aurillac, France, and at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics where he was named one of 2015’s emerging artist and awarded The GO! Emerging Artists Commissioning Program grant by SLAM. The first recipient of The New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation’s Inspiration Grant, Mr. Rudd has also earned grants from American Dance Abroad, Career Transition For Dancers, Harlem Stage, World Learning Global Development & Exchange, U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso, and the Arts Envoy – a program supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Cultural Programs Division. He started RudduR Dance in order to investigate themes of the human condition, emphasizing what unites us through dance.