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Crystal Pite is known as one of the most innovative and exciting choreographers working in Canada at the turn of the millennium. She joined Ballet British Columbia when she was seventeen and performed with the company for eight years. Unlike most professional ballet dancers, Pite did not attend a professional school attached to a company. Instead, she studied at a private studio in Victoria, British Columbia, under the tutelage of Maureen Eastick and Wendy Green.
While performing with Ballet British Columbia, Pite honed her choreographic skills. Between the Bliss and Me (1989), a work she created during the company's first choreographic workshop, was added to Ballet British Columbia's repertoire. In 1995, she became the youngest artist to receive the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award.
She left Ballet British Columbia in 1996 to join Frankfurt Ballet under the direction of William Forsythe. She returned to Canada in 2001, and was appointed resident choreographer for Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (later renamed bjm_danse) for a three-year contract. During this period, she created the critically acclaimed work The Stolen Show (2004). Pite also started her own Vancouver-based company, Kidd Pivot.
Pite's choreography is noted for its quirky humour and fearless technique. Several of her works have reflected a creative engagement with other art forms, particularly literature. Field: Fiction (2002) was inspired by the book, The Writing Life by Annie Dillard.
In 2004, Pite received a Paul D. Fleck Fellowship in the Arts from The Banff Centre. She was also awarded the Alcan Performing Arts Award – Dance for 2006, administered by the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.
Cornell, Katherine. “Crystal Pite: Back on Canadian Soil.” The Dance Current 5.4 (September 2002): 10-13.