Christopher D’Ariano is from the Bronx, New York. He studied at Ballet Tech, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and he attended summer courses at Ballet Tech, Boston Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He was the recipient of the School of American Ballet Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2017 and was promoted to corps de ballet later that year. Christopher was promoted to soloist in 2022.
Christopher has danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Duo Concerante, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Cavalier, Mouse King, Hot Chocolate, Mother Ginger); Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump, One Thousand Pieces, PACOPEPEPLUTO, and Silent Ghost; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven; Albert Evans’ One Body; Justin Peck’s The Times Are Racing; Miles Pertl’s Wash of Gray; Crystal Pite’s Plot Point; Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy; Eva Stone’s F O I L; Kent Stowell’s Carmina Burana; and Twyla Tharp’s Brief Fling. He originated leading roles in Donald Byrd’s And the sky is not cloudy all day, and Love and Loss, Nia-Amina Minor’s And yet here we are, Amanda Morgan’s This Space Left Intentionally Blank, Matthew Neenan’s Bacchus, Penny Saunders’ Wonderland, and Robyn Mineko Williams’ Before I Was and The Trees The Trees.
Christopher has danced as a guest artist at Fire Island Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Hudson Valley Dance Festival, and Chop Shop Contemporary Dance Festival. He has choreographed three works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP, along with creating a work for Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s annual School Performance. In 2021, he choreographed for you for PNB’s digital Season Encore. He has been commissioned to create for the Seattle AIDS Memorial Pathway, Seattle International Dance Festival, The Seattle Project, and the Seattle Art Museum.