Co-Artistic and Executive Director
Christine Cox began her training with the Pennsylvania Ballet School and continued at the Philadelphia High School for the Performing Arts, spending summer sessions at the Joffrey and San Francisco Ballet schools. After high school, she danced with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio for five years before moving to New York. There, Christine danced as a guest artist with Ballet Hispanico and performed for President George H.W. Bush at Ford’s Theatre. She then spent one year with American Repertory Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet from 1993 to 2006.
Cox has premiered works by a number of gifted choreographers, including Ib Anderson, Rennie Harris, James Kudelka, John McFall, Trey McIntyre, Matthew Neenan, Kevin O'Day, David Parsons, Kirk Peterson, and Christopher Wheeldon. Some of her featured roles include Rum and Coca Cola in Paul Taylor's Company B; Vortex in Alvin Ailey's The River; Choleric in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments; Eve in Margo Sappington's Rodin; Mis En Vie the Cowgirl in Agnes DeMille's Rodeo; and principal female roles in Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free and The Concert. Prior to retiring as a full-time company member in 2006, she staged Matthew Neenan's 11:11 on Pennsylvania Ballet and rehearsed the company for the premiere at New York City Center.
In 2005, Cox co-founded BalletX with Matthew Neenan. In addition to her work with BalletX, Christine teaches and choreographs at University of the Arts. Her talent has been recognized with two Rocky Awards for outstanding achievement in the arts, as well as fellowships from the Independence Foundation (2002) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2006 and 2008).
Matthew Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School with noted teachers Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Neenan danced with Pennsylvania Ballet including numerous principal roles in works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, Lila York, Meredith Rainey, Christopher Wheeldon and Jerome Robbins.
In 2005, Neenan co-founded BalletX with fellow dancer Christine Cox. In 2007, he was named Choreographer in Residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet. Neenan’s choreography has been featured and performed by BalletX, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Juilliard Dance, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Sacramento Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Philadelphia, and LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (NYC), among others.
Neenan has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and Independence Foundation. He is a four-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, the winner of Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition, and the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins NEW Program Fellowship for his work At the border for Pennsylvania Ballet. Since 2010, Matthew sits on the board of Dance/USA.
Matthew’s choreography has been praised in The New York Times, The Dance Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Magazine. Alastair Macaulay has singled him out as “one of today’s foremost dance poets.”