Christopher Nachtrab began his dance training under the tutelage and guidance of his mother, Susan Nachtrab, in his native New York. He continued his dance studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with Violette Verdy and Virginia and Jacques Cesbron. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Ballet and Comparative Literature.
Some of his most memorable principal performance roles have been in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Melancholic), Tarantella, Who Cares?, Western Symphony, Rubies, Stars & Stripes (El Capitan); Ron Cunningham’s Carmina Burana (Beige Soloist/Blue Soloist/ Red Soloist), Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio/Tybalt), The Great Gatsby (Tom Buchanan), Peter Pan (Capt. Hook); Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground, Wild Sweet Love, Ma Cong’s Blood Rush (First Pas de Deux) & Amy Seiwert’s It’s Not A Cry. Most notably he has portrayed the role of Albrecht in Giselle and the title character in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet. Most recently, Christopher has performed as a soloist dancer with The San Francisco Opera and as a featured dancer with The Metropolitan Opera.
For his many accomplishments, Christopher has been the recipient of various performance awards, including The Marina Svetlova Memorial Award and The Verdy Award for Ballet Excellence. Christopher is also an accomplished and award-winning choreographer, having created many works for professional/pre-professional companies throughout the nation, while also developing and directing multiple artistic education and outreach programs.