Johanna Bernstein Wilt | Principal Ballet Mistress
Johanna Bernstein Wilt danced with Cincinnati Ballet for 11 seasons before becoming Ballet Mistress in 1992. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and studied at the Metropolitan Ballet School in Columbus, the New York School of Ballet in New York City, The American Dance Festival at Connecticut College, Ohio State University and Rotterdam Dance Conservatory in the Netherlands. Bernstein Wilt has staged a number of works including Table Manners for Peter Anastos at the Jacob's Pillow Summer Dance Festival in Massachusetts, John Butler’s Carmina Burnana for Oakland Ballet, sections of Madame Butterfly for BalletMet, and Victoria Morgan's Cinderella for Ballet Internationale. She has staged Septime Webre's Peter Pan for Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Austin Ballet, Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet British Columbia in Vancouver and CoDa in Puerto Rico, as well as Kirk Peterson's Carmen for Virginia School of the Arts and Cincinnati Ballet. She recreated, in conjunction with Frederic Franklin, CBE, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Movements of Léonide Massine’s Seventh Symphony for Cincinnati Ballet, which has received praise in The New York Times as well as many other national and international dance publications. Her choreographic credits include Everyday Is a New Beginning, for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works during the 2008-2009 Season, and A Hero’s Prayer for the 2011-2012 New Works to commemorate her 30 years of work at Cincinnati Ballet. Her latest project has been re-staging ALICE (in wonderland) for Ballet Hawaii and now Cincinnati Ballet.