Christian Poppe (he/him) is from Lake Stevens, Washington. He studied on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance, as well as the Dance School in Everett, Johnson and Peter’s Tap Dance, Ballet Bellevue, and Betty Spooner’s Creative Arts Foundation. He attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, National Ballet School (Toronto), Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, and Goh Ballet Academy, and he was a 2013 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. Christian joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2013 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2014. He was promoted to soloist in 2022.
Christian has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Soldier Doll, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Candy Cane), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), and Tarantella; Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump, One Thousand Pieces, and Silent Ghost; Alexander Ekman’s Cacti; William Forsythe’s New Suite and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Ronald Hynd’s The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird pas de deux, Wolf); Jessica Lang’s Her Door to the Sky,; Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements; Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus; Crystal Pite’s Emergence and Plot Point; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana and Cinderella (Jester, Evil Sprite); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball and Brief Fling; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic. He originated leading roles in Donald Byrd’s Love and Loss and Eva Stone’s F O I L.
In addition to performances with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Christian has performed for Dance! Fremont and the Men in Dance Festival—Against the Grain.