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 201572018 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 10-11 season with Boston Ballet before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011.

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Cervilio Miguel Amador

“I didn’t want to be a dancer,” says Amador, now in his 12th year at Cincinnati Ballet. Initially athletic and interested in playing the saxophone, Amador’s parents gently nudged him towards ballet at the age of nine, and he’s been hooked ever since.

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Sirui Liu

Liu was named one of the Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2017 by Dance Magazine. She was named a Cincinnati Ballet Soloist for the 2015-2016 Season and promoted to Principal in the 2017-2017 Season.

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Chisako Oga

Oga has received many awards at Youth America Grand Prix, including being a top 20 finalist at the New York City Finals during which she performed at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. She has appeared in galas such as Anaheim International Dance Festival Gala of the Stars and the Miami International Ballet Festival Gala

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Senior Soloists

Melissa Gelfin

Edward Gonzalez

Maizyalet Velázquez

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James Cunningham

David Morse

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Corps de Ballet

Taylor Carrasco

Grace Choi

Jacqueline Damico

Samantha Griffin

Christina LaForgia Morse

Marcus Romeo

Khris Santos

Serena Søvdsnes

Bella Ureta

Daniel Wagner

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New Dancers

Kathleen Dahlhoff

Luca De-Poli

Christian Griggs-Drane

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Naomi Tanioka

Michael Mengden

Abbey Kay

Matthew Griffin

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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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