Christopher Marney

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program since 2021.


Christopher is a Choreographer and former Artistic Director of Central School of Ballet in London, where he just finished a 5-year tenure. 

During his time there he boosted the profile of the school and prepared its students for interna-tional careers in the dance world. He commissioned and programmed repertoire for five Interna-tional tours which included leading industry choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Wayne McGregor, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Jasmin Vardimon. 

Having studied as a dancer under the direction of Christopher Gable, he later completed his mas-ter’s degree in Choreography.

As a dancer Chris has worked internationally for Balletboyz, Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden, Ballet Biarritz in France, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures where he has danced many principal roles. These have included The Prince in Swan Lake, Count Lilac in Sleeping Beauty, Cyril Vane in Dorian Gray, The Angel in Cinderella, and Early Adventures at Sadlers Wells and touring worldwide.

During his career he has danced works by choreographers William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Dua-to and John Cranko to name a few. He danced with Michael Clark Company in The Rite of Spring and Les Noces at Rose Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. His final performance was in 2017 with Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion where he danced the Faun in Nijinsky’s L’Apres Midi d’un Faun in the Ukraine, a particular career highlight. 

The Critics Circle National Dance Awards nominated him for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance two years running as well as being in Dance Europe’s Outstanding Male Dancer 2013 list. 

As a choreographer he has created five works for Ballet Black which have been seen internationally as well as seasons at the Linbury, Royal Opera House and the Barbican. 

For Images of Dance he has choreographed ‘Carnival of the Animals’ in London’s Peacock Theatre. 

He has created For English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer at the Royal Festival Hall and ballets for Regensburg Opera House, Germany, Ballet Central, the Edinburgh festival and most recently Lady Macbeth at the New National Theatre Tokyo. 

In London’s West-End Chris has choreographed for Theatre. This includes McQueen The Play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and Tell Me on a Sunday at the St. James.

For Matthew Bourne, Marney was the Associate Choreographer for New Adventures production of Sleeping Beauty which performed at Orb Theatre Tokyo, Sadlers Wells London and at City Cen-ter New York. 

He was named associate artist of the UK Foundation for Dance.