Amanda Valentino

CB2 | Erial, NJ | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Valentino grew up in Erial, New Jersey, where she trained under the direction of Andrea Duffin for 7 years. While there, she had the opportunity to perform in many full length ballets with roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Cinderella in Cinderella, Swanilda in Coppélia, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2015, she was hired to dance in Wilmington Ballet’s The Nutcracker, where she danced in Robert Rodham’s Snow Pas. Amanda continued her training at Ellison Ballet Professional Training program under the tutelage of Edward Ellison and Lyubov Fominih. For the 2017-2018 Season, she danced with Houston Ballet II under the direction of Stanton Welch and Claudio Muñoz. With Houston Ballet II, she performed in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, A Time to Dance, Play, and Swan Lake, Ilya Kozadayev’s Molto Espressivo, Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, Marius Petipa’s Raymonda set by Claudio Muñoz, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, as well as Swanilda in Claudio Muñoz’s production of Coppélia. Amanda is very excited to dance with CB2 this 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