Christian Griggs-Drane trained with Richmond Ballet and attended summer sessions with Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and the contemporary and ballet programs at The School at Jacobs Pillow, among others. Griggs-Drane received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, cum laude, in 2014 from Butler University. Following his graduation, Griggs-Drane received a contract as a company member with Grand Rapids Ballet in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he danced for the past three seasons performing many featured roles. Griggs-Drane has performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. He has also been involved in creations by Penny Saunders, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Val Caniparoli, and more. This is Griggs-Drane’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.
“Outside the studio, I spend my time honing my gluten free culinary skills, discovering coffee roasteries, learning about historical architecture, and traveling the country.”