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Christian Alexander Phenix Warner is a multi disciplinary performing artist, choreographer, and teacher with a career that spans over concert dance, musical theatre, and film. He is currently based in New York City, currently woking with Omar Román De Jesús' Boca Tuya, Ponybox Dance Theatre, New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Levin, & creating and producing his own work. Recently, he premiered an original ballet with McKoy Dance Project and an evening-length work for Owen/Cox Dance Theatre in collaboration with the Black Creatures entitled "What Came With Spring." Next, Christian will be a presenting artist for the 2023 Blacklight Summit in Washington D.C.

His company credits include Sidra Bell Dance New York, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Ponybox Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Keven Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott), and TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands) in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition to being featured in works by Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, and Uri Sands while at TU Dance, he was also a founding dancer and collaborator for Come Through, a collaboration between TU Dance and the grammy award winning band Bon Iver. This collaboration won Dance Magazine's 2018 "Coolest Collaboration" and was presented at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl & The Kennedy Center. Christian contributed backing vocals for the track "Naeem" in the latest Bon Iver album "i,i" - which was nominated for 4 Grammy's.


Originally from Houston, TX, he began his training at the Humphrey's School of Musical Theatre (Dir. Carole McCann, Shay Rodgers, Rozie Curtis) which led to the beginning of his professional career at nine years old with the NetWorks touring production of Oliver! (2003). After traveling nationally and internationally for two years, he left Oliver! to join the east coast touring production of Disney's The Lion King! (2005) as Young Simba. He toured with both east and west coast productions before joining the Broadway cast in New York City (2007).

Upon returning to Houston at 13, Christian completed his training at the Humphrey's School of Musical Theatre (mentored in dance by Peggy Hinojosa) and the High School of Performing & Visual Arts (Luanne Carter and Janie Carothers) as a dance major (performing works by Larry Keigwin, Troy Powell, & Thang Dao). In his senior year, Christian was named a 2012 YoungArts Modern Dance Finalist and participated in YoungArts week in Miami. Spring 2016, he acquired his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Point Park University, having acquired repertoire from Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Jose Limon, Dwight Rhoden, Luke Murphy, Mark Morris, Bennyroyce Royon, Jessica Hendricks, & Sonya Tayeh. While in his final year at Point Park, he became a 2016 Dizzy Feet Scholarship Recipient and was invited to perform a trio choreographed by Stacey Tookey at the Celebration of Dance Gala hosted by Adam Shankman & Nygel Lythgoe in the following summer. His film credits include "Church," starring Darius McCrary and the late gospel legend Daryl Coley. 

​Christian is also a dedicated dance instructor - committed to encouraging practitioners to bring their whole selves to their dance practice. This practice has led him to teach at institutions such as BAK Middle School (West Palm Beach, FL), Kinder HSPVA and HSMT (Houston, TX), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), and U of M (Minneapolis). He aims to create experiences to allow practitioners space to investigate how powerfully dance can exist in our lives and why art and storytelling are useful navigational mechanisms when presented with complex ideas and conflict. 


Notable Mentors / Education:

Rozanne Curtis

Shay Rodgers

Kenny Ingram 

Peggy Hinojosa 

Jennifer Edwards

Sidra Bell Dance New York 

Garfield Lemonius 


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