Faculty

Christine Spizzo

Summer Guest Ballet Faculty

Christine Spizzo

Christine Spizzo
Christine began her lengthy, distinguished dance career under the guidance of Petrus van Muyden in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She later received a Ford Foundation scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School where she began dedicated training with Harold and Ruby Christensen.

She continued her training in high school, on scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and at the School of American Ballet in New York. Upon graduation she joined the National Ballet of Washington (DC) under the direction of Frederic Franklin and Ben Stevenson, then later joined Richard Englund and Gage Bush at the Ballet Repertory Company.

In 1975 she joined the American Ballet Theatre, where she was noted for her “soubrette” roles in “Don Quixote”, “Graduation Ball’, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo & Juliet”, and virtually every “pas de trois” in the ABT classical repertoire. Christine also performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Apollo” and appeared in the ABT “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts, and in several “Dance in America” programs between 1975 and 1988.

She appeared in both Herbert Ross/ABT motion pictures “The Turning Point” and “Dancers”. She was also in “Phantom of the Opera” for ten years on Broadway. Christine is widely recognized for her teaching, and has been quoted as an authority in ballet and pointe in publications. We are excited, as always to have Christine join SSB once again as summer ballet faculty for 2018.