At Nashville Ballet since 2007
Originally from Guam, Chris Butler started dancing at the age of 12 under the guidance of John Grensback. After high school he continued on to the Houston Ballet Academy, SUNY-Purchase College and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the tutelage of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover until he joined Ballet Austin II in 2006, where he worked with Stephen Mills, Thaddeus Davis and Thang Dao.
Since his arrival at Nashville Ballet in 2007, Chris has appeared in works by Gina Patterson, Sarah Slipper, James Canfield and Kelsey Bartman. Chris has also performed principal and soloist roles including the lead in Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller, Tom Thumb in Paul Vasterling’s The Sleeping Beauty, and the role of Hilarion in Giselle.
Chris has also performed with the National Choreographer's Initiative in Irvine, Calfornia and most recently Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance where he worked with noted choreographers Ma Cong and Heather Maloy, respectively.
When Chris isn’t dancing, you’ll find him studying for his next Nashville State Community College exam or playing the guitar.