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Chris Lingner

Artistic Adviser & Company Dancer

Chris Lingner began his career joining the 2009 National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Moving Out, dancing the principal roles of Eddie and James, making him one of the youngest performers to ever dance these roles. Lingner has been a featured guest artist with Midwest Repertory Ballet, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis School of Ballet, New Albany Ballet, Peoria Ballet, in the Young Stars of Ballet Gala, presented by Indianapolis City Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ballet Virginia, and Chamber Dance Project in Washington D.C. In 2012, Sonya Tayeh created a new work on him for an NFL Super Bowl-Super Cure event fighting breast cancer. Lingner studied ballet in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he danced principal roles in works by Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Dwight Rhoden, August Bournonville, Josh Bergasse, Antony Tudor, Nicolo Fonte, and Peter Martins. Lingner joined Cincinnati Ballet in the 50th Anniversary Season in the Corps de Ballet. Since joining Cincinnati Ballet, Lingner has performed in works by Adam Hougland, Victoria Morgan, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, Viktor Plotnikov, Jessica Lang, Jennifer Archibald, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yuri Possokhov, and Kirk Peterson. Lingner also toured with Cincinnati Ballet to The Joyce Theatre in NYC and the Kennedy Center. Musical Theatre credits include, Hairspray (“original cast” Oasis of the Seas), Guys and Dolls (Flatrock Play House), and Jerome Robbins Broadway (The MUNY). As a producer, Lingner was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival, as a Co-Producer for Broadway's "On the Town" and "Best Show of 2016" for his production of the first Ballet Royalty Gala in Havana, Cuba which was live streamed to 30 countries. Lingner also helped found Indianapolis Ballet as an original company member where he danced many leading roles by Founding Artistic Director, Victoria Lyras, George Balanchine, Scott Jovovich, and Ramon Flowers. Lingner also had the honor of being early in Mr. Taylor’s choreographic career, originating roles in “Allegro… Not so Brilliante, Palladio, and A View from the Inside.” 

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