Guest Ballet Master, Classical Ballet Teacher
Christopher Hinton-Lewis was born in Wolverhampton and trained at the English National Ballet School. He joined the Company as a dancer in 1999 and was promoted to Premier Dancer in 2008.
Throughout his time with the Company he performed many roles including Romeo and Mercutio in Massimo Morricone's Romeo & Juliet; Scrooge and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Lowry in Gillian Lynne's A Simple Man; Mark Godden's Angels in the Architecture; Cathy Marsden's Dividing Silence; Val Caniparoli's Lambarena; Dracula in David Nixon's Dracula and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
Whilst with the Company Chris created many title roles including Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Simon in Swan Lake; Adameter in A Sleeping Beauty Tale; Duke of Bukingham in The Three Musketeers and Hamlet which were all choreographed by David Nixon.
In 2010 Chris joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet under artistic director Gary Harris. Whilst there he performed leading roles including José in Didy Veldman's Carmen, Tibalt in Christopher Hampson's Romeo & Juliet, Cavalier in Gary Harris' The Nutcracker and Petrushka in Michael Fokine's Petrushka.
Since retiring Christopher has been a guest ballet master with Northern Ballet helping to restage productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Angels in the Architecture and A Christmas Carol. As a freelance teacher he has taught at The Hammond School, the University of Leeds, Laban CAT programme and has given Company Class for Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty.
Chris is currently studying BSc Sports and Exercises Science at the University of Leeds.