Christine Schwaner started her ballet studies in Brazil, with Maria Clara Salles, where she graduated with honors from the method of Royal Academy of Dance, London. She also received lessons and was coached by Professor Carlos Leite, Mercedes Beltran, Graca Sales, Gustavo Molajoli among others.
At age of 17, she was a finalist at the New York International Ballet Competition, where she also was invited to join former Cleveland Ballet; the start of her professional career.
Ms. Schwaner joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2006, where she became a principal dancer, and retired on April 2014. She is married to Alexandre Silva, soloist of PBT.