Christopher Boatwright

Stuttgart Ballet: Principal (1974-1982)

San Francisco Ballet: Principal 1985

Los Angeles Ballet

Arizona Dance Theatre,

Alonzo King/LINES Contemporary Ballet

Years Active: 1974-1997

  • Born in 1953, from Brooklyn, New York
  • Studied at School of American Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Stuttgart Ballet’s school
  • Performed with the Stuttgart Ballet from 1974-1982 as a principal
  • Danced with San Francisco Ballet beginning in 1985 as a corp de ballet member
  • He also performed with Los Angeles Ballet, Arizona Dance Theatre, and Lines Contemporary Ballet
  • He died in San Francisco in 1997

(1953-1997) originally from Brooklyn, New York, Boatwright started dancing in high school and studied dance at the School of American Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.  At the age of twenty, he received a scholarship to study in Stuttgart.  After training at the Stuttgart school, he performed with the Stuttgart Ballet, a world-renowned ballet company, from 1974 to 1982.  Yet after performing there for eight years, and reaching principal status.  In 1985 he returned to the U. S and joined the corps de ballet of the San Francisco Ballet.  It took two years before Boatwright was elevated to principal status there. He also performed with Los Angeles Ballet, Arizona Dance Theatre, and Lines Contemporary Ballet.  He died in San Francisco in March of 1997. Hartmut Regitz, “Christopher Boatwright, the Black Orpheus, Died,” Ballett International, May 1997, 13.

 

Links to articles, reviews etc:

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/08/arts/christopher-boatwright-dancer-known-for-classicism-was-42.html

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Christopher+Boatwright%3A+transformed+through+dance.-a018237482

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Christopher-Boatwright-2851889.php

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/style/1983/02/27/the-black-ballet-barrier/db757559-5ce8-4035-8b40-69243769c771/?utm_term=.e0c988e4df92

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