Otto M. Budig Cincinnati Ballet Academy Alumni Biographies

Nick Dill

Nick Dill is a '12 alum from the academy and currently studying dance at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in New York City. He is also working on getting a Psychology minor. He trained with the academy for 3 years, and was in Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker with the company. He attended Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and was very active in the drama department there. Along with being club Secretary, he also appeared in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown (Senator Fipp), Chicago, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Schroeder), and Guys and Dolls (Nicely Nicely Johnson). He also edited, directed a one act version of The Laramie Project. Additional shows include: The Pajama Game and Godspell (Cincinnati Young People's Theatre) and Cats (Children's Theatre of Mason). Nick also assistant choreographed Once on this Island and Annie (Highlands Middle School). After graduating from NYU, Nick would love to audition for Broadway musicals and dance in shows.

Rachel Fatica

Rachel Fatica began ballet classes at the age of 6. She has been with the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet since 2000. As an Academy student, she has performed in many Cincinnati Ballet productions including A Midsummers Night Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Bolero, Swan Lake, and many years in The Nutcracker. Rachel has continued her dance training by attending summer intensive programs at BalletMet and Cincinnati Ballet. She is currently attending The Ohio State University to pursue a major in Japanese to one day become a professor or to do research in Japanese Linguistics. Rachel is continuing her dance training at OSU and BalletMet.


Elizabeth Fittro

Elizabeth Fittro is currently a Demi Soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ballet Performance and Political Science. A 2011 graduate, Elizabeth attended Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. She currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland.


Brooke Wade Murphy

Brooke Wade Murphy is currently attending New York University. She will be graduating in May 2013. Brooke is a 2008 graduate and attended Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

  Heather Liberman 

Heather Liberman began her professional training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1995 under Oleg Sabline and Suzette Boyer. In 1997, Cincinnati Ballet School opened and she began training under the directorship of Dennis Poole. She graduated from the Otto M. Budig Academy and joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2002. Her favorite roles while dancing professional included "Julia" in Val Caniporoli's Lambarena and as a couple in Caniporoli's "The Bridge". In addition to teaching dance, Heather is a social studies teacher at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, KY. She now teaches for the Otto M. Budig Academy and enjoys helping students reach their goals of achievement.   

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