Dancers

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 2018-2019 Season.

Principals

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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Melissa Gelfin

Gelfin began her ballet training with Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy. Gelfin joined Cincinnati Ballet as New Dancer for the 2014 and in February was promoted to Corps de Ballet. Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2017, and Principal in 2018.

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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

Edward Gonzalez Kay

Maizyalet Velázquez

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Soloists

Jorge Barani

James Cunningham

David Morse

Marcus Romeo

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Corps de Ballet

Taylor Carrasco

Kathleen Dahlhoff

Jacqueline Damico Amador

Luca De-Poli

Samantha Griffin

Serena Helene Hanavan

Christina LaForgia Morse

Michael Mengden

Christian Renforth

Bella Ureta

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New Dancers

Abbey Gonzalez Kay

Matthew Griffin

Naomi Tanioka

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Apprentices

Daniel Baldwin

John Michael Donley

Florrie Geller

Samantha Riester

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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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