Alyssa Manguiat

CB2 | Mason, Ohio | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Alyssa Manguiat is from Mason, Ohio and has trained with the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy since the age of 7.  Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform in 30 Cincinnati Ballet company productions, including dancing in the corps de ballet of Raymonda and Serenade, as well as a Lady of the Lake in Victoria Morgan’s King Arthur’s Camelot.  During the 2017-2018 Season, she danced in the Cincinnati Ballet Academy’s Professional Training Division, where she performed the principal role in George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht. She has attended summer intensives at CPYB, Boston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she has trained the past two summers on full scholarship.  Alyssa also placed 3rd in the classical division at the YAGP semi-finals in 2018. Alyssa is excited to be returning as a CB2 for the 2018-2019 Season.

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