Sounds like he's not for the picking. Phew! (For now...)
Christopher danced with San Francisco Ballet and was recently named artistic director of OBT. Would he want to succeed his parents, if chosen? Anything is possible, but it doesn't sound likely.
"I don't envy the person to follow them," he says.
"I now understand how difficult their work has been and how many pitfalls there are. Whoever comes next will have to have perseverance and insistence on the highest quality. My parents' ability to build incredible loyalty in their company has meant that they get lifetime commitment from people, many of them working for them for 27 years.
"Right now, I feel a tremendous commitment to OBT. I have a much better situation than my parents initially faced in Seattle, but I have the chance to do much the same thing in building a company. Portland is ripe for cultural growth, and it's exciting to be a part of it.
"It'd be dangerous to consider a ballet company as a family business. This would be a great opportunity for anyone, but the expectations are going to be very high."