Chyrstyn Fentroy

Joffrey Ballet School Performance Company
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Boston Ballet: Principal (2019-Present)

Los Angeles native Chyrstyn Mariah Fentroy began her dance training with her mother, Ruth Fentroy. As a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, she gained early touring experience with the Joffrey Concert Group. She performed as a leading dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under Virginia Johnson, and during her five-year tenure with the company, she had the opportunity to perform in Austria, Honduras, Italy, Israel, and Turkey. Fentroy joined Boston Ballet as an artist of the Company in 2017. She was promoted to second soloist in 2018, to soloist in 2019, and to principal in 2022.

Her Boston Ballet principal repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Agon (pas de deux), Allegro Brilliante, Chaconne, The Prodigal Son; Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suite, Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius, Ruth’s Dance; William Forsythe’s Blake Works I, Blake Works 3, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Pas/Parts 2018, Playlist (EP); Jiri Kylian’s Bella Figura; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; Rudolph Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Kitri); Justin Peck’s In Creases; and Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and Glass Pieces.

Fentroy was featured on the March 2023 cover of Dance Magazine and in January 2015 was a Dance Magazine “25 to Watch,” She received the Princess Grace Honoraria Award in dance in 2016. In 2018, she was recognized as one of WBUR’s “Artery 25,” which highlights influential artists of color in the Boston area. Chyrstyn’s recent creative collaborations include the development of the Color Our Future Mentorship Program at Boston Ballet, the concept and choreography for a dance film “Preface” for Boston Ballet with film company Bear Walk at the Liberty Hotel, and a limited edition shoe design with Rothy’s.


Chyrstyn Fentroy, Boston Ballet

See also:

Boston Ballet Principal Chyrstyn Fentroy Steps Into Her Power, Dance Magazine
A Ballerina Who Adds to the ‘Palette of What’s Possible’, The New York Times
My Experience as a Black Ballerina in a World of Implicit Bias, Poinyte Magazine
Dance Up Close to The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Dance Enthusiast
Dance Theatre of Harlem – Divertimento, When Love, Change, Coming Together – New York, Dance Tabs
Dance Theatre of Harlem – 45th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center – New York, Dance Tabs
Dance Theatre of Harlem at Auditorium Theatre Review- Strong Ballet, Messages Stronger Still, Picture This Post
Upping the Odds for Black Ballet Dancers, Dance Magazine
Chrystyn [sic] Fentroy, Dancing Around
Dance Theatre of Harlem: The Legacy of Black Ballerinas, Critical Dance
A Lark Ascends, Dance Beat

Video link:

Amplifying Voices | Chyrstyn Fentroy on Chaconne
DANCER INSIGHT | Chyrstyn Fentroy in Pas/Parts 2018
Dancer Interview: Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Chrystyn [sic] Fentroy, Youtube

Social media:

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