Christine Buttorff is from Tacoma, Washington. She began her early training at the Jan Collum School of Classical Ballet in Tacoma with Jan Collum and Erin Ceragioli. In 2001, Buttorff graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Political Science and a BA in Italian. While attending college in the San Francisco Bay Area, she trained at the school of Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley under the direction of Donna Delseni, Gonzalo Espinoza and artistic director Dennis Nahat. Buttorff joined Nashville Ballet in 2002. Her roles included Myrta in Giselle, the stepmother Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden and Choleric in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. She also debuted the role of the Roasted Swan in Vasterling’s production of Carmina Burana.
Buttorff left Nashville Ballet in the fall of 2009 to pursue a doctorate in health economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and graduated in 2014. She joined the Peabody Dance faculty in the fall of 2013.