Christopher Pennix leads a dynamic career in dance, teaching, opera, and fitness as a certified yoga and cycle instructor.
Under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride at Charlotte Ballet, formerly known as North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT), Pennix excelled in Neo-Classical and Contemporary repertoire through works by esteemed choreographers George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Twyla Tharpe, and Dwight Rhoden.
At the Columbia City Ballet under Wiliam Starrett, he danced solo and principal roles in Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Little Prince. He has worked as a visiting guest artist with Greensboro Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, Kinetic Danceworks, Spartanburg Ballet, Owen Cox Dance Group, Norte Maar, and Moving Poets-Charlotte.
As a teaching artist for NCDT Reach, the ballet’s nationally recognized need-based dance scholarship program, he provided urban students access to quality dance training in their neighborhoods free of charge while promoting self-esteem, discipline, a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the arts.
Pennix has danced principal roles at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the Washington National Opera in Florencia en las Amazonas and La Cenerentola. He has also performed with Opera Carolina and LA Opera.
Currently, Pennix is serving as the Ballet Master at the Greater Annapolis Ballet alongside Founder and Artistic Director Margaret Russell. Many of their students have become finalists at the Youth America Grand Prix. His students have also danced professionally with Zeitgeist Dance Theatre, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and Ballet Inc.