Christopher d'Amboise

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Christopher d'Amboise
Born 1960 (age 58–59)
Nationality American
Education School of American Ballet
Known for Ballet

Christopher d'Amboise (born 1960) is a danseur, choreographer, writer, and theatre director.

Born and raised in New York City, the son of dancers Jacques d'Amboise and Carolyn George, d'Amboise became a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet, where he worked closely with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, dancing all the major roles as well as originating several new works. He quit the company in 1983 to pursue other interests, including the Broadway production of Song and Dance, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for a role in which he only danced.

From 1990-94, d'Amboise was the Artistic Director, President, and CEO of the Pennsylvania Ballet, where he presented classic repertoire as well as introduced new works by contemporary choreographers.

As a choreographer, d'Amboise has created more than fifty ballets for numerous international companies, including those in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Flanders. For the musical theatre, he has choreographed productions of High Society and the rock musical William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a project conceived by his brother-in-law, Terrence Mann.

Television credits include two appearances on the Kennedy Center Honors, Live from Studio 8H, and the Emmy Award-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancing.

In 2007, d'Amboise wrote, directed, and choreographed The Studio, a "play with dance" about a Manhattan-based choreographer with a public image larger than life, for South Coast Repertory.

D'Amboise's sister Charlotte is a professional dancer as well. He married a fellow dancer in late summer of 2008.


  • Leap Year: A Year in the Life of a Dancer by Christopher D'Amboise, published by Doubleday, 1982

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