Abigail Morwood

Montgomery, AL | Senior Soloist | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2009

Abigail Morwood’s path to ballet was anything but conventional. “I got my first contract when I was 15,” she says. With her parents’ support, Morwood left formal high school to dance full-time with Montgomery Ballet, earning her diploma in the evenings after rehearsal. “I had only been dancing five years, but I studied YouTube videos and books about ballet technique like a crazy person all day, every day. I had to learn somehow.” Morwood’s experiences with Montgomery Ballet gave her experience and confidence that she says make her a stronger dancer. Morwood joined the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in 2009 and worked her way up to Soloist for the 15-16 Season. She participated in an international ballet competition in Beijing China in July, 2015, along with other top dancers from around the world.

Sponsors: Eddie & Theresa Hooker and Tony & Mary Talbott

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.”

Professional History

  • Montgomery Ballet
  • Cincinnati Ballet: CBII, Apprentice, New Dancer, Corps de Ballet, Soloist (2009-Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Kingdom of Shadespas de deux in La Bayadere
  • Swan Lake pas de trois
  • Le Corsaire pas de deux
  • Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty
  • Sugar Plum Fairy in Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker
  • Arabian in Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker
  • Wendy in Peter Pan
  • Pas in Caprice

Photography: Peter Mueller and Jeff Corcoran

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