Abbey Kay

Apprentice | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Abbey began her ballet training at the International Ballet Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Where she completed the Royal Academy of Dance examinations, receiving “Distinction” on all three levels (Intermediate, Advanced I, Advanced II). This qualified her to participate in the 2011 Royal Academy of Dance Geneé in Cape Town, South Africa, where she competed as a Semi-Finalist. In 2012, she joined the Sarasota Ballet as an apprentice and in 2013 was promoted to corps de ballet. With Sarasota Ballet, Kay toured to Washington, D.C. and New York City to perform in Ballet Across America and Fall for Dance, respectively. This is Kay’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

“Some of my favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Who Cares?, and Jewels, Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda Act II (Pas de Trois), and Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden and Continuo. I am very excited to be joining Cincinnati Ballet and look forward to learning and performing the exciting 2017-2018 repertoire!

Sponsors: Nydia C. Tranter

Touchet will never forget her 19th birthday. That was the day Victoria Morgan came to Pacific Northwest Ballet, to audition Touchet’s professional division. “Directors from everywhere auditioned us, but nobody ever picked me,” she says. “I remember thinking she wouldn’t like me anyway, so I told myself to just have fun, and after it was over, she said, ‘I’d like to talk to Janessa’.” Crossed wires with communicating Touchet’s acceptance of Morgan’s apprenticeship offer led to a planned spot with Memphis Ballet, but Morgan called one last time and Touchet was able to come to Cincinnati Ballet instead. “It was meant to be here. I started as an Apprentice and moved all the way through the ranks. I had always had my heart and mind set on Cincinnati Ballet.”

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Photography: Peter Mueller

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