Chris Collins

Chris Collins
Chris Collins

Chris began his training at Dance Emporium when, under the encouragement of Jennifer Robie, started his ballet training at Tim Draper Center for Dance Education on full scholarship. Under the tutelage of the Jamey leveret (Artist Director of the Rochester City Ballet) and the late Tim Draper; Chris entered the pre-professional training program at the age of 14, performing on stage with The Rochester City Ballet for eight seasons, most notable role as Nutcracker Prince in 2010 — The Nutcracker.

Additionally, Chris has attended the Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz & Contemporary pre-professional trainee program 2010-2011 in NYC on full scholarship, Gelsey Kirkland’s Academy, Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, Draper Center Summer Intensive, Master classes with Edward Ellison, Joe Lanteri, and many more. Chris has competed at NYCDA, Next Star, Onstage, Star Power and Youth American Grand Prix Nationals. He received a ranking of 1st place in NYCDA, Onstage and Star Power. Chris has recently joined the Rochester City Ballet.

Chris returned to Dance Emporium as a guest artist for the 2011-2012 season and has taught dance intensives at Dance Emporium as well as showcased his choreography for the 2012 recital. He is thrilled to officially join the staff at Dance Emporium, where it all began for him, and to spread his love and knowledge to its students.