Laura Catherine Hilley
“When I was 18 months old, I saw a family friend perform in The Nutcracker and was mesmerized!” says Hilley. “I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to take ballet class at age three.” She’s been dancing ever since, training with Mobile Ballet extensively, as well as summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Houston Ballet, where she graduated from the Academy in 2014. Hilley’s favorite dance memory thus far is dancing the role of Generosity in The Sleeping Beauty; “the connection to the audience was so strong that they applauded in the middle of my solo—what an incredible experience to know they were moved by my dancing!” Hilley joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in 2014 as a Trainee and returns for the 1516 Season as a CBII.
Fun Fact: Hilley says, “When I was three, I made Whitney Houston laugh.”
2015-2016 Sponsor: Dr. Jan Gallagher
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