Christina Arestis is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company on graduation in 1994, promoted to First Artist in 1999 and Soloist in 2003.
Arestis was born in Glasgow and was brought up in Cyprus and the Middle East. She trained at the Mary Darke School of Dancing and was a junior associate of Scottish Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet School. There she created the role of the lead girl in Matthew Hart's Simple Symphony in the School's 1993 annual matinee and in 1994, her final year at the School, danced with the Company in Symphony in C. Her roles since joining the Company have included Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Lady Elgar (Enigma Variations), Bathilde (Giselle), Madame Larina (Onegin), Hermia (The Dream), Helene Vetsera and Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Beautiful Tsarevna (The Firebird), Bride (Les Noces), The Wife (The Concert) and in Ceremony of Innocence.
Arestis has created a number of roles for the Company, including in Qualia, Figure in Progress and Castle Nowhere. In 2012 she appeared with Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson in Alan Gelati's photoshoot for the Fishlove photography project.
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Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014
Christina Arestis and Marcelino Sambé in Ceremony of Innocence ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014
Christina Arestis and Edward Watson in Ceremony of Innocence ©ROH.Bill Cooper 2014
Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Christina Arestis as Dulcinea in Don Quixote © ROH.Johan Persson 2013
Christina Arestis as Dulcinea and Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson 2013
Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013
Christina Arestis in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011
Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon, Gary Avis as Monsieur GM and Christina Arestis as Madam and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Act II of Kenneth Macmillan's Manon © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011
Christina Arestis as Tsarevna in The Firebird © Johan Persson/ROH 2009