Catherine Batcheller | Academy Dean
Catherine Batcheller comes to Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy from the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas in San Antonio, a pre-professional ballet academy and company. She was the Artistic Director for both the company and the academy, where she served as principal teacher, designing curriculum, evaluating students, arranging performances and creating and staging choreography. She co-founded, co-directed and danced for Configuration Dance, now known as Configuration Dance Theatre (CDT) in New York. She was the director of Configuration Dance Studio, the school associated with CDT. She has taught ballet all over the country and in Germany, including Stuttgart Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.
She was principal dancer at one of the world’s leading ballet companies, Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet, where she danced for nine years. She also danced principal roles for Birmingham Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. During her distinguished dance career, she worked with the 20th century’s most significant choreographers, including Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Maurice Bejart, Hans van Manen, James Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, David Bintley and Stanton Welch. She danced works by John Cranko, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Frederick Ashton.
She has choreographed and staged choreography for the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, Portland Ballet, Alberta Ballet School, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, American Academy of Ballet, Greenwich Ballet Academy and many others, including solos for competitions and auditions. Catherine holds a Master of Art in Dance in Education and Community from Birmingham University in England.
She has appeared as a guest dancer in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, USA and England and in 1983, placed 6th at the international ballet competition at Varna. Her ballet training includes Cleveland Ballet School, Washington School of Ballet and San Francisco Ballet School. She spent summers training at School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, where she studied on scholarship.