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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. She is currently a full time ballet
faculty teacher for the North Carolina School of the Arts.

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