Calissa Capri

CB2 | Concord, MA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

After beginning her training at a local ballet studio, Calissa enrolled in Boston Ballet School’s Classical Ballet Program in 2012. She went on to join their Pre-Professional Program where she was the recipient of the Pamela Jones Full Scholarship from 2014 to 2017. During her time at the school, she performed in many Boston Ballet company productions, including the role of Clara in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker for two consecutive years and children’s roles in Balanchine’s Coppélia and Clerc’s La Bayadère. Calissa has attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Boston Ballet.

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