Meet the Cincinnati Ballet Company

Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has brought incredible dancers to stages in our city and around the world. Allow us to introduce you to our company of talented dancers before you join us to enjoy their artistry during our 2017-2018 Season.


Rodrigo Almarales

Rodrigo performed as a soloist from 2007 to 2009 with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany and was a top-seven finalist on Italian television show Amici in 2009. He spent the 2010-2011 season with Boston Ballet before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011.

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Cervilio Miguel Amador

Amador danced with the National Ballet of Cuba as a corps de ballet dancer and corifeo (demi-soloist) before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2004 as a Soloist. He was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2005 and Principal Dancer in 2006, and has danced numerous lead roles in full-length ballets throughout his extensive career at Cincinnati Ballet.

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Sirui Liu

Liu attended the Dance College of Shanghai Theater Academy before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011. She was promoted to Soloist for the 2015-2016 Season and to Principal in for the 2017-2018 Season. Liu was named one of the Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2017 by Dance Magazine.

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Chisako Oga

Oga trained at San Francisco Ballet School on a full scholarship and was named a San Francisco Ballet company apprentice before joining Cincinnati Ballet for the 2016-2017 Season. She was promoted to Soloist in September 2016 and Principal for the 2017-2018 Season.

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Senior Soloists

Melissa Gelfin

Edward Gonzalez Kay

Maizyalet Velázquez

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James Cunningham

David Morse

Marcus Romeo

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Corps de Ballet

Taylor Carrasco

Grace Choi

Jacqueline Damico Amador

Samantha Griffin

Christina LaForgia Morse

Khris Santos

Serena Søvdsnes

Bella Ureta

Daniel Wagner

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New Dancers

Kathleen Dahlhoff

Luca De-Poli

Christian Griggs-Drane

Michael Mengden

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Matthew Griffin

Abbey Gonzalez Kay

Naomi Tanioka

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Want to be a Cincinnati Ballet dancer?

Once a year Cincinnati Ballet holds an audition tour around the United States to find the best new talent for company contracts.

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