(Kingston, Jamaica/Miami, Florida) Christopher Rudd began dancing at the age of 9 in Miami, FL at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet (TAYB). Through the auspices of the TAYB Scholarship Program, Mr. Rudd pursued a classical ballet path. Just two years later, Mr. Rudd became the first black person in the US 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. He attended New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida and was a scholarship student of The Dance Theater of Harlem's Summer Program for four summers.
Mr. Rudd performed with Alberta Ballet, Carolina Ballet - of which he was a founding member -, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, where he rose to the rank of soloist. He guested with Pennsylvania Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Rudd had the pleasure to worked on the creation and danced for Cirque Du Soleil's Zaia, Cirque's first resident show in Asia. Mr. Rudd also performed in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Throughout his career he has worked with various choreographers such as Shen Wei, Diddy Veldman, Christopher Wheeldon, Mauro Bigonzetti, Robert Weiss, Donald Mahler, and Tyler Walters to name a few. He has been featured in roles by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Margo Sappington, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jose Limon, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, and Jean-Christophe Maillot.
Mr. Rudd has always felt the desire to create dance but has also felt the need to dedicate himself as a dancer first to dive into as many roles, experience as many styles, be exposed to as many cultures, listen to as many beliefs, see as many wonders, and to learn as much as he could. Now, he feels, is the time for him to share choreographically what he has learned through dance.
He has choreographed for The Alvin Ailey School’s Summer Intensive,Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts, Duke University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Alberta Ballet’s Workshop,Peter London Global Dance Company, Harlem Stage’s E-Moves 14: The Takeover, and E-Moves 15. Additionally, his original works have been seen in New York, Florida, Connecticut, Texas, France, Austria, Trinidad & Tobago, and Burkina Faso, Africa.
He was awarded choreographic residencies at Nortre 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. Including being the first recipient of The New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation's Inspiration Grant, Mr. Rudd has earned grants from American Dance Abroad, Career Transition For Dancers, 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 Division.
Christopher started RudduR Dance in order to have a platform to investigate themes of the human condition, emphasizing what unites us through dance.
Performed in the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics.
Cirque Du Soleil- Zaia, Cirque's first resident show in Asia.
Les Grands Ballet Canadians de Montreal, Demi Soloist
Les Grands Ballet Canadians de Montreal, Corp de Ballet
Carolina Ballet, Soloist
Carolina Ballet, founding member
"My goal is to communicate through movement by chiseling a work into existence. The search for what a piece says, its relevance, and its confirmation of some truth that deepens our understanding of who we are as humans is my driving force."
- Christopher Rudd