Cincinnati Ballet Second Company

Cincinnati Ballet Second Company Dancers | Photography: Jennifer Denham

Cincinnati Ballet Second Company

The Cincinnati Ballet Second Company is a group of talented, pre-professional dancers who come from around the world to study at Cincinnati Ballet and perform alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s company dancers. Second Company dancers can be found in the studio from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every weekday, rehearsing and dancing with the company dancers, and in schools, community centers, churches, nursing homes and more, sharing the  joy of dance throughout our region. With a focus on engaging audiences of all ages, Second Company dancers reach over 20,000 students and community members annually and serve as the education outreach ambassadors for Cincinnati Ballet. The Second Company is comprised of two groups of dancers: the elite pre-professionals, called CBII dancers, and the promising newest talent, called Trainees.

Cincinnati Ballet Second Company is endowed by Trish & Rick Bryan
Sponsored by Perfetti Van Melle

The Apprentice: A WCPO Documentary
Watch the journey of the 1314 Season's six Second Company dancers as they navigate the tenuous path to securing a company contract. Reporter Matt Peiken followed these dancers from the fall of 2013 to April 2014, in a never-before-done behind-the-scenes look at the life of a pre-professional dancer.

Part I: Winding Paths

Part II: Young and Restless

Part III: The Moment of Truth


Luca De-Poli Laura Catherine Hilley Rachel Thalman  
Josiah Cook Matthew Rusk Sebastian West  


Sarah Bradley Donald Crump Brooke Fabian Jorge Rullán  
Aubrey Kazimi Taylor Kelley Esther Martinez Samantha Riester  
Sofia Saari Katelyn Somers Samantha Griffin Keenan English  

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