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.”
What is your role with Cincinnati Ballet? I am the Production Stage Manager. During a production, my role is to ensure lighting, scenery, and props cues are executed seamlessly. How long have you been with the Company? I’ve been with the Company since 2011. What jobs did you have previously? I’ve worked as Production Stage Manager […]
Frisch’s Big Boy partnership with Cincinnati Ballet and The Nutcracker is a very longstanding one (almost 50 years, in fact!) Can you shed some light on how it came to be so many years ago? Way back in 1973, philanthropist and businessman John Magro approached Jack Maier, then the president of Frisch’s, about committing $150,000 right […]
Think you’ve seen every version of The Nutcracker that Cincinnati Ballet has produced over the years? If you’re only thinking about the big, full Company productions, that’s only part of The Nutcracker story at Cincinnati Ballet. Each year, the Otto M. Budig Academy presents its own mini-version of The Nutcracker at the Cincinnati Ballet studios, […]
If you’re a little girl who takes ballet, chances are you won’t have ‘visions of sugar plums’ dancing through your head, but rather visions of yourself dancing in The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. The first role many young dancers dream about playing is Clara, the girl who receives a magical Nutcracker for a […]
Samantha joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose, Flower, Spanish, and Snowflake. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I was around 4 years old when I started dancing. My mom actually put me into a bunch of different sports when […]
Serena joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose and Snow Queen. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? Believe it or not, I was very shy when I was young, so when I was 3 years old my mom put me […]
Christian Renforth joined the Cincinnati Ballet corps de ballet in 2017. This year in The Nutcracker, he will be playing the roles of Mouse King, Spanish, and parlor guest, and for the first time he is learning the role of Snow King. How long have you been dancing? Long before I even remember. Three I […]
The perfect holiday gift for friends and family is an adventure through the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during The Nutcracker. November 26 only Cincinnati Ballet is offering steep Cyber Monday discounts on select Nutcracker performances. Cyber Monday Only MONDAY saves 20% off Nutcracker tickets Simply enter CYBERMONDAY into the box labeled “Promo Code” […]
We have so much to be thankful for this year, most of all YOU! We would love to see you this season and hope you add The Nutcracker to your holiday tradition this year. Now through Monday, take 20% off select performances of The Nutcracker. ACT NOW for 20% off Select Performances of The Nutcracker […]
The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, now in its 45th annual season, returns to the Music Hall from December 13 through 24, 2018. This year, the production has grown in a big way! Joining the cast is a brand-new character, based on the world’s most famous hippo – ‘Fiona.’ Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical […]
The Sleeping Beauty is one of the biggest productions in Cincinnati Ballet’s repertoire. When it comes to life again at Music Hall from February 14-17, dancers will be wearing 70 luminous, newly handsewn tutus. “It’s a dying art,” said Cincinnati Ballet Wardrobe Mistress Diana Vandergriff-Adams. “People aren’t sewing anymore. It takes too much time.” Tutus […]
Oğulcan Borova began his career as a ballet dancer in Turkey and received his first contract as a professional dancer in the United States in 1999. He was a guest artist for many years at Cincinnati Ballet before officially joining as a principal dancer from 2008-2012.He returned to Cincinnati Ballet to serve as Ballet Master in […]
Zack Grubbs began his dance training at Tuzer Ballet to supplement his education as a competitive gymnast. He came to Cincinnati Ballet in 2002 as a soloist and was promoted to senior soloist in 2005. In 2016, he retired from Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company to assume the leadership position of Academy Principal at the Otto M. Budig […]
Cincinnati Ballet’s Special Events Manager oversees more than 40 events each year, with everything from fundraising events for hundreds of attendees (such as An Intimate Evening and Club B) to cast parties and five annual gatherings for members of Étoile. Rachel Hinger pulls back the curtain on how long it can take to prepare for an event. In […]
Forget pink tutus and leotards, Cincinnati Ballet designs class for little dudes who love to dance.
Through a unique partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Ballet offers transformative dance classes designed for children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
There is no doubt that moment when Peter Pan first flies through the window of the Darling nursery, it’s absolute magic for the audience. “That spirit of flying, of being that free,” says Cincinnati Ballet principal dancer Cervilio Amador. “People love it. Who hasn’t at one point wanted to be a Lost Boy, Peter Pan, […]
How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing since I was 10! I decided to become a dancer because I saw my sisters dancing ballet growing up and I knew that, that was what I wanted to do! Who, or what, was your biggest teacher? That’s a […]
Bob Herzog battles Peter Pan at the Cincinnati Ballet.
Cincinnati Enquirer: ‘Beloved’ Cincinnati Ballet Maestro Carmon DeLeone celebrates 50th anniversary as Music Director, conducts his score to “Peter Pan” Oct. 25-28 at Music Hall
Cincinnati Ballet dancers are hard at work learning how to sword fight for our upcoming production of Peter Pan. During one rehearsal, dancers playing Peter Pan and Captain Hook learned how to dance and spar at the same time from fight choreographer Gina Cerimele-Mechley and Peter Pan repetiteur Johanna Bernstein Wilt. Check out their fencing skills […]
One of the most magical parts of any stage version of Peter Pan – ballet or otherwise – is seeing members of the cast literally take off and fly around the stage. Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming production is no exception. So, how did the ability for performers to fly on stage come to be? To answer […]
As Patron Engagement Manager for Cincinnati Ballet, Lauren Moore heads up a dedicated staff of six that handles hundreds of customer interactions each month, from answering questions about the ballet to selling subscriptions, exchanging tickets, and so much more. She is the first impression our more than 70,000 patrons encounter, and exceptional customer service is […]
Carmon DeLeone, Cincinnati Ballet’s Music Director, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary with the company this season. In First Position wanted to know more about Carmon’s interests and inspirations. Here’s what he told us: Who was the most pivotal person in your life when it comes to music, and why? There are so many people who […]
Principal dancer, Melissa Gelfin, is one of two Cincinnati Ballet dancers who will be portraying the role of Tinkerbell in the upcoming production of Peter Pan. She is excited to dance the role again (the first time was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2014). Here are Melissa’s thoughts about taking on this challenging role once again: […]
Join Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Darling kids as they travel to Neverland and meet the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, and a very hungry crocodile! The classic story of ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’ is transformed into a full-length ballet with challenging and charming choreography by Septime Webre that — quite literally — […]
On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 join the Cincinnati Ballet as we celebrate World Ballet Day with a livestream of our company class on our Facebook page from 9:15 to 10:35 AM EST. Join Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Ballet Master Oğulcan Borova, and our company of artists for a behind-the scene look at what […]
Pointe Magazine talked with Corps de Ballet Dancer, Samantha Griffin about dancing with Cincinnati Ballet.
David Lyman talked with Victoria Morgan about why she is so “psyched” about this season’s New Works.
At Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series, dancers take on the role of choreographer, Pointe Magazine interviewed Taylor Carrasco, David Morse, and Victoria Morgan about this journey.
John Lomax on Local 12’s Good Morning Cincinnati talked with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse about the pieces the world premieres they are choreographing for The Kaplan New Works Series.
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to partner again with Arnold’s Bar and Grill for a special New Works package: for two nights only, enjoy dinner and the show for just $60+ fees. That’s like getting dinner FREE! Grab your tickets for September 18 or 19 with promo code NWDINNER1819 and you’re in for a real treat – a special New […]
Congratulations to all the talented young dancers who auditioned for The Nutcracker performances! We were impressed to have so much skill and enthusiasm grace our auditions. Below, you’ll find the official Nutcracker Kids Cast for 2018. You may also download the casting list here.
Deborah Linz at Fox 19 sat down with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse to talk about the pieces they are choreographing for The Kaplan New Works Series
Charisse Gibson at Fox 19 sat down with Taylor Carrasco and David Morse to discuss the upcoming The Kaplan New Works Series on FOX19 NOW Morning News.
Photo gallery from Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works rehearsals.
Milton Holloway was only eight when Cincinnati Ballet’s CincyDance! educational outreach program visited his school. From that moment on, ballet has been Milton’s passion. He graduated from Otto M.Budig Academy and is now attending UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, on is his way to becoming a professional dancer.
‘Pointe’ profiles Cincinnati Ballet’s Luca De-Poli on what it’s like to attend college while dancing
Don’t delay — make your plans now and join us for Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition, December 13 through 24, 2018 at Music Hall. Single tickets for the 2018-2019 Season go on sale Monday, August 6, but you can order your The Nutcracker tickets early AND get a great family deal! Special Two-Day Offer: Nutcracker in […]
Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. Download Young Performers Auditions Information sheet. Currently enrolled Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students ONLY A $20 audition fee will apply to everyone […]
Cincinnati Ballet continues its season with a triple bill highlighting dynamic choreographers paired with musical masterpieces performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, March 15-18 at Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program has been hand-selected by Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, and showcases the symbiotic and critically-important relationship between dance and music. “This is Cincinnati Ballet’s first […]
Cincinnati Ballet announces its 2018-2019 Season, a celebration of Carmon DeLeone’s 50th Anniversary as Music Director, with more performances than ever before. The ambitious programming schedule includes diverse offerings, from sophisticated classics to adventurous new works in tandem with expanded fun for the whole family. “Carmon is loved by his Cincinnati Ballet family; the dancers, […]
For two days only, Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26, purchase one ticket to Carmina Burana + Serenade and Get the Second One FREE!* February 8 – 11 | Six Performances Only! Don’t miss the Cincinnati premiere of Carmina Burana, featuring 18 Cincinnati Ballet dancers accompanied by the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati […]
Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to continue its historic return to Music Hall with a dazzling premiere of Carmina Burana, coupled with George Balanchine’s “stunningly beautiful”* Serenade, for six performances this Valentine’s Day weekend – February 8 through 11. Carl Orff’s powerful and evocative score comes brilliantly to life in the Cincinnati Premiere of the “wickedly […]
Now’s your chance to add even more excitement to your visit to Beauty and the Beast. For just $20 per person*, you can travel backstage forty-five minutes prior to the performance for a visit to the lair of the Beast. It’s a fun-filled place for the whole family where you can meet some of the […]
In 1803, in a dusty monastery in Bavaria, a librarian re-discovered a manuscript not seen since the 13th century. Later named the Carmina Burana, the manuscript contained 254 poems and dramatic texts. Believed to be the works of students and clergy, researchers date some of the texts back to the 11th century. Curators who started […]
Leyla Shokoohe caught up with Victoria Morgan about the second half of Cincinnati Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season.
The perfect holiday gift for friends and family is an adventure through the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker. November 27 only Cincinnati Ballet is offering steep Cyber Monday discounts on select Nutcracker performances. Cyber Monday Only MONDAY saves 20% off Nutcracker tickets Simply enter MONDAY into the […]
Cincinnati Ballet makes its triumphant return to Music Hall with the Romeo & Juliet this Thursday. With a cast of 34 dancers and a dazzling Prokofiev score performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Romeo & Juliet is the perfect production to herald the ballet’s return to the newly-renovated Music Hall. Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of Cincinnati Ballet, […]
It’s been a big year for dancers Chisako Oga and Melissa Gelfin. Oga was promoted this year to Principal Dancer and Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist, both after dancing lead roles in full-length ballets last season such as Swanilda in Coppélia and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. This season, both Oga and Gelfin […]
If you are a theater or ballet-goer in the Cincinnati region, chances are you’ve witnessed the artistry of Gina Cerimele-Mechley. The actor/director/teacher/choreographer/movement coach extraordinaire has created fight choreography for several Cincinnati Ballet productions including Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Arthur’s Camelot, and our upcoming performances of Romeo & Juliet. In addition to the epic, action-packed […]
“Dancing is really hard, maybe even harder,” Elise Csizmadia, a member of the newly formed Professional Training Division at Cincinnati Ballet, said. “In gymnastics you just learn a skill but in ballet you have to learn a technique.” The 20-year old Csizmadia began her dance training at age 14 – considerably late in the dance […]
In partnership with Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT), and with support from the Cincinnati Arts Association and ArtsWave, Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce Collide!, with three performances on October 13 and 14, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The Collide! performance series is a unique collaboration in celebration of the BLINK Festival taking place that weekend, […]
Cincinnati Ballet returns to the newly renovated Cincinnati Music Hall with six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate Romeo & Juliet, October 26 through 29. Victoria Morgan brings the most well-known love story of all time to life with a dazzling blend of dance and drama. Shakespeare’s legendary tale, written nearly 420 years ago, continues to […]
Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to announce a brand new event series called Ballet Plus. Throughout the 2017-2108 Season, Cincinnati Ballet will host five fun, after-hours events at various popular locations around the city, including the Cincinnati Ballet Center located at 1555 Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience an insider’s view […]
It’s impressive. When I got here and started working with the dancers, I was blown away by what they can do.” – choreographer Travis Wall
Travis Wall, Artistic Director of Shaping Sound and So You Think You Can Dance star, sat down to tell us about how his mother’s story inspired his upcoming world premiere during New Works.
Imagine what the future holds when we can expand our reach and our impact. We owe it to our community to address the future growth and the potential we could inhabit as a remarkable ballet organization. –Scott Altman, President & CEO
“I’m very confident in storytelling,” Travis Wall, choreographer and Artistic Director of Shaping Sound Dance Company, said. “Something I can do is create a story with no words and get that across to an audience.” That is exactly what Travis Wall brings to Cincinnati Ballet’s The Kaplan New Works Series September, 14-24 at the Aronoff […]
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new, annual Family Series, with an inaugural production of Beauty and the Beast, featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center, with six performances […]
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to partner again with Arnold’s Bar and Grill for a special New Works package: for two nights only, enjoy dinner and the show for just $65.10. That’s like getting dinner FREE! Grab your tickets for September 19 or 20 with promo code ARNOLDS and you’re in for a real treat – a special New […]
Hear from Artistic Director Victoria Morgan on the genesis and impact of New Works on the community as well as the Cincinnati Ballet dancers themselves.
Sometimes in life, it takes losing something to truly know what it means to us. This sentiment rings true for Vivian LaCerda, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division, who discovered her intense passion for dance after an injury put her on the sidelines. After suffering from a hip injury going into seventh grade, […]
Cincinnati Ballet joins Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, and May Festival, as a Cincinnati Music Hall resident performing company, with three productions in the 2017-2018 Season. Cincinnati Ballet’s participation in the five-week Music Hall Grand Opening celebration will include six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, October 26 through […]
“She was said to be as talented a musician and composer as her brother,” says Saunders, “but was not permitted to continue her career in music because she was a woman.” In The Kaplan New Works Series, choreographer Penny Saunders sets out to tell the story of Maria Anna Mozart, a prodigy pianist and […]
Congratulations to all the talented young dancers who auditioned for Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker performances! We were impressed to have so much skill and enthusiasm grace our auditions. Below, you’ll find the official Nutcracker Kids Cast for 2017. You may also download the casting list here.
“No one was asking me to change how I was dancing, just asking me to let go and be more free. That’s what I loved,” Renee Castonguay, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s newly formed Professional Training Division, said referring to her Summer Intensive experience. Castonguay, originally from Huntington Beach, CA, joins students from around the […]
With a focus on innovation, New Works celebrates modern choreographers while showcasing the athleticism, strength, and versatility of our dancers. Featuring four world premieres and including special guest Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy launched a new initiative entitled the Professional Training Division (PTD) on Monday, August 7, 2017. The 38-week program, led by the Academy Director of Training and former Cincinnati Ballet Principal, Sarah Hairston, is designed to support the transition from ballet student to professional dancer. It focuses on developing each […]
Celebrating its 13th year, The Kaplan New Work Series opens Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking 2017-2018 Season September 14-24 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The series offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting world premieres by today’s most innovative choreographers. This year’s program includes special guest Travis Wall, best known for his work on […]
Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, is proud to announce the 2017-2018 dancer roster, complete with eight new hires and five promotions, including Sirui Liu, who moves from Senior Soloist to Principal, and Chisako Oga, who moves from Soloist to Principal. Coming to the U.S from Shanghai, China, Sirui Liu joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2011 […]
The Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with some of the newest dancers to Cincinnati Ballet to hear about why they’ve chosen the Queen City as their new home.
As the Cincinnati Ballet prepares to launch its 2017-18 season, the dance company has unveiled a new logo and updated its brand identity.
Take the stage as a street vendor or passerby, and even get a chance to be a background player during the extravagant and beautiful ballroom scene.
Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a number of exciting developments and initiatives, which will be implemented as part of a long-term strategy for sustained growth and advancement, kicking off with the launch of the 2017-2108 Season.
From classic to quirky, elegant to vigorous, the 2017-2018 Season will capture your every whim and desire.
Cincinnati Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season brings you a riveting array of performances, innovative world premieres, and a captivating range of choreographic and musical styles. We hope you’ll join us!
Cincinnati Ballet President & CEO Scott Altman is proud to announce the addition of five new members to Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trustees.
Eligible dancers between the ages of eight and 18 are invited to audition for various roles.
The 2016-17 Cincinnati Ballet season featured a yearlong, thrilling 20th anniversary celebration of artistic director Victoria Morgan. For those who think the following season might call for a bit of a rest, think again. In classic Morgan fashion, she “can’t wait to dig into” the exciting 2017-18 season.
Explore the new Cincinnati Ballet as Maizyalet Velázquez (Senior Soloist) and Taylor Carrasco (Corps de Ballet) use their bodies as paint brushes.
Cincinnati’s art world will undergo a tectonic change as it welcomes area residents back to the historic Over-the-Rhine home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival. In its refurbished and expanded form, it’s sure to invoke jealousy in cities across America and around the world.
College dancers often graduate with life skills that students from a purely dance-oriented environment might not have gained. Often, they can better communicate both inside and outside of the studio, and they know how to shift subjects and organize a tight schedule as quickly as possible.
Single tickets for the 2017-2018 Season go on sale August 7, but you can order your Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker tickets early AND get a great family deal!
Using the arts to connect young professionals to the city, encouraging them to develop friendships and relationships that will keep them and their talents in the region, also is one of the key tenets for ArtsWave, Greater Cincinnati’s leading arts agency.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is pleased to report extensive growth in the Summer Intensive program. The nationally recognized program kicked off June 12 at full capacity, having sold out within a month of opening registration.
More than 100 young women ages 10-17 spent July 17 learning, interacting with mentors, and engaging in activities focused on developing confidence and promoting self-esteem through dance.
VIEW THE NUTCRACKER 2017 KIDS CAST Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. Download Young Performers Auditions Information sheet. Currently enrolled Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students ONLY A $20 […]
Without changing the exterior, they have added 31,000 square feet of usable, behind-the-scenes space to the old building.
With an eclectic background, Archibald is certainly the right woman for a company that embraces versatility.
“Do what you love if it makes you happy, because dance has always made me happy.” –Salome Tregre, 13 year old attendee
Cincinnati Ballet presents Choreographing Confidence, a dance and leadership workshop, through the generous support of Always, June 17 at 1 pm at the Over-the-Rhine studios located at 1555 Central Parkway. More than 100 young women ages 10-17 will spend the afternoon learning, interacting with mentors, and engaging in activities with a focus on developing confidence […]
“Every time you turn the corner, you’re breathing new life into this building, and for me, that’s something that’s exciting to see, something that really changes by the day,” said Jeff Martin, 3CDC vice president of project management.
In the North wing, a sprung floor that can be used for dance is going into a large, brand-new rehearsal hall, carved out of a second-floor space.
The reason for the popularity of sponsorship programs? “Storytelling is compelling,” says Pomeroy. “When you know something about a dancer that’s more personal, it exposes how they became who they are onstage. The insight creates a connection that deepens the experience for the patron.”
Executive Director Scott Altman announces the administrative reorganization and expansion of Cincinnati Ballet’s leadership team with the addition of respected nonprofit leader Tanya Cornejo as Vice President of External Affairs. The newly imagined role has been added to the leadership team as part of Cincinnati Ballet’s long-term strategy for sustained growth and advancement. “I am […]
The students created a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime, collaborative community experience on May 17 when they performed at Washington Park in Cincinnati..
Artistic Director Victoria Morgan shared that of the 15 new works the company had commissioned, eight will be choreographed by women, including Kate Weare, Penny Saunders, Jennifer Archibald, Johanna Bernstein Wilt and Heather Britt.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Jennifer Archibald’s Never.Nest. See the world premiere of Never.Nest during The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Heather Britt’s Karass. See the world premiere of Karass during The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Eros Redux.
Experience a sampling from The Kaplan New Works Series, on stage until April 30, in these slow motion clips from Victoria Morgan’s Somewhere Close to Happiness.
Now in its 12th year, and sixth season presenting an all-female lineup, [New Works] has positioned itself at the forefront of a global conversation around gender imbalances in ballet.
Using humble materials, temporary approaches and by “getting up” enough work on the street, by the mid-2000s Swoon was becoming familiar enough that she had already sold pieces to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and had a solo show at Deitch Projects gallery — all this merely a few years out of college.
Archibald and her New York-based Arch Dance Company are known for “soulful contemporary movement” that blends elements of street dance with more classical forms.
But don’t mistake melancholy for resignation… They reflect. They respond. And they make dances; powerful, athletic and, in some moments, quite eloquent.
There’s only one bad thing about spring in Cincinnati. It signifies the end of the ballet season. And that, my friends, is a travesty.
Somewhere Close to Happiness follows the story of The Broken One, an outsider without a place in society, and The Chosen One, who, despite her sheltered existence, is intrigued by this newcomer.
Heather Britt brings Karass to The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30. Peek into rehearsals in this photo gallery.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa brings Erous Redux to The Kaplan New Works Series, April 20-30, for the U.S. premiere. Peek into rehearsals in this photo gallery.
Peek into the studio as Cincinnati Ballet Dancers rehearse Jennifer Archibald’s Never.Nest.
Cincinnati Ballet dancers have been hard at work perfecting 4 premieres for The Kaplan New Works Series ahead of performances at the Aronoff Center April 20-30.
It’s safe to say Britt has not only established herself as an esteemed choreographer, she’s also shaking up the dance community in Cincinnati, and beyond.
While sitting at the memorial for a young family member, Heather Britt found herself contemplating what remains after we are gone.
Known for her variety of influences, Jennifer Archibald will again enter uncharted territory through her collaboration with street artist Swoon on her latest work, Never.Nest.
Thank you for making Club B – Grace + Grit the hottest dance party of the year! We had a blast dancing the night away with you.
See Cincinnati Refined’s photo gallery of Club B: Grace + Grit by following the link.
When she was 10 years old, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa learned Aristophanes’ myth explaining the human desire for companionship. Ever since, the story has stuck with her.
Toronto-Brooklyn based artist, Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives.
Lopez Ochoa is a sought-after choreographer who has created works for more than 40 dance companies around the world.
Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan announced today choreographer Jennifer Archibald has been named the company’s new Resident Choreographer, effective immediately. In this capacity, Archibald will choreograph an annual world premiere specifically for Cincinnati Ballet.
The Kaplan New Works Series is Cincinnati Ballet’s highly anticipated, annual experience offering an intimate presentation of brand new, cutting-edge works at the Aronoff’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
Your special $50 ticket will cover your ticket, two drinks and pizza at the pre-show party at Pi Pizzeria – Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series remains committed to celebrating innovation in dance and brings internationally recognized choreographers right to our door step.
Cincinnati Ballet just announced that in their upcoming season, eight out of 15 choreographers whose work will be performed are women, five of whom are presenting world premieres.
The sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 5pm, designed to create a welcoming and inviting experience for patrons and children with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. These adjustments include gentle lighting and sound, on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment, complete with designated break spaces.
Gaga is more of a sensory experience than a dance. It’s improvisational. It’s freeform. It’s kinesthetic. It’s “moving from far engines,” says Wagner.
Authenticity shouldn’t be hard to find in Bold Moves. Both choreographers are bringing their personal stories to the table and translating them into a performance that’s reflective of their lives, but also open to interpretation from the audience.
See how Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 is changing the way Cincinnati Ballet dancers are approaching their craft in our interviews about learning Naharin’s famed Gaga technique.
“I think getting people moving is the answer to getting people hooked,” says Cincinnati Ballet director of education Julie Sunderland. “I want you to come see the ballet, but I also want to find that person who learns from an arts-integrated lesson in a way they couldn’t otherwise.”
Not only is Cincinnati Ballet’s ratio of men to women choreographers balanced, but the season is artistically balanced, too. Look at the rest of the programming: master works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, company premieres from Justin Peck and former Houston Ballet dancer Garrett Smith and a world premiere from SYTYCD favorite Travis Wall.
“Never before has Cincinnati Ballet presented such a wide and far-reaching landscape of ballet offerings for people of any age, whether novice or aficionado.”
Eight works – 53 percent – are choreographed by women. There is no other large ballet company in the U.S. that even comes close to that.
We sat down with Cincinnati Ballet dancers to talk about their personal favorite Hougland piece, and what to expect from his world premiere of Cut to the Chase during Bold Moves, March 17-18.
Famed Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings Minus 16 and a whole new language of movement to Bold Moves, March 17-18. Peek into rehearsal in this photo gallery.
Adam Hougland premieres a brand new world premiere, Cut to the Chase, during Bold Moves March 17-18. Peek into rehearsal in this photo gallery.
Ever since he joined the company as Resident Choreographer in 2009, he’s been creating fantastic world premieres and contributing to some of Cincinnati’s most memorable productions like Frampton and Cincinnati Ballet Live, Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live and The Firebird.
“It is, by any measure, quite spectacular.”
Thursday evening, my family and I saw this fantastic production. As the curtains rose, we became immersed in Camelot. The legend was brought to life by the elegant and graceful dancers, accompanied by a romantic musical score.
After sitting through Camelot, you’ll think you just witnessed a live Broadway-esque production a la The Lion King. Cincinnati Ballet does not not hold back.
See inside King Arthur’s Camelot before the curtain rises on opening night. Great seats are still available!
Known to The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers in the world,” Ohad Naharin’s unique movement language, the Gaga technique, has made waves across the globe.
Cervilio Miguel Amador takes up the crown as King Arthur again, and David Morse makes his debut as Camelot’s faithful leader in King Arthur’s Camelot, February 10-12.
“Artists like Morgan (and especially Morgan) have turned modern ballet into spectacular theatre.”
See how the life-like horse puppets work in this rehearsal footage of King Arthur’s Camelot.
Writers have the opportunity to edit text before it’s read. Musicians refine music before it is performed. Filmmakers pore over films frame by frame to fine-tune the finished product. Choreographers rarely have that sort of chance. So when they do get it, they embrace it with a vengeance.
We caught Lancelot out and about in Cincinnati which can only mean one thing: King Arthur’s Camelot opens in just one week!
For dancers wishing to audition in Houston, Texas, we have compiled some helpful information about street closures and changes to traffic patterns. Prepare for additional traffic due to the Super Bowl!! The NFL Honors event, Saturday evening from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Wortham Theater will most directly impact traffic getting to and from Houston Ballet. […]
Join Cincinnati Ballet February 10-12 for King Arthur’s Camelot. The epic tale of honor, adventure and magic returns just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Our studios have transformed into Camelot as Cincinnati Ballet dancers rehearse King Arthur’s Camelot in preparation for Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 10-12.
Get your tickets today to see these dancers take the stage in King Arthur’s Camelot, the epic tale of adventure, love and betrayal.
When Music Hall reopens in the Fall of 2017, Cincinnati Ballet will join our fellow arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival as a resident company. Starting in the 2017-2018 Season, three of our productions will be presented at Music Hall, including Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, with a classic Sergei Prokofiev score, as well as our beloved Nutcracker. We are thrilled to bring ballet back to the Music Hall stage!
Browse photos from Cincinnati Ballet’s debut at the MusicNow Festival with Bryce Dessner.
Club B is back, and grittier than ever as Cincinnati Ballet presents Club B: Grace + Grit. Join us for the hottest dance party of the year April 7.
Romance and adventure await during King Arthur’s Camelot! January 23 & 24 only Cincinnati Ballet is offering steep Valentine’s Day discounts on select King Arthur’s Camelot performances.
See the process of creating King Arthur’s Camelot in this interview with Sandra Woodall during the World Premiere in 2014-2015. This spectacular production returns to the Aronoff February 10-12, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
See the process of creating King Arthur’s Camelot in this interview with John Estacio during the World Premiere in 2014-2015. This spectacular production returns to the Aronoff February 10-12, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
See the process of creating King Arthur’s Camelot in this interview with Eric Van Wyk during the World Premiere in 2014-2015. This spectacular production returns to the Aronoff February 10-12, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
The epic tale based on the story of King Arthur is translated through original choreography by Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, an original musical composition by Canadian composer John Estacio, performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone, and an original libretto by dramaturge Eda Holmes.
Garcia Counterpoint was created by James Cunningham to music of the same name composed by Cincinnati-born composer and festival Artistic Director Bryce Dessner, guitarist for Grammy-nominated indie rock band, The National.
At MusicNOW Festival Cincinnati Ballet Soloist and emerging choreographer James Cunningham will premiere his latest work, a duet choreographed and performed to Bryce Dessner’s “Garcia Counterpoint”.
His enthusiasm and hard work earned him a role on stage with Cincinnati Ballet during The Nutcracker, making Jack the first child with down syndrome to dance with the company!
“In Cincinnati, dancers, musicians and thespians have learned to count on Mercy Health’s Performing Arts Medicine program for treatment and preventive care.”
“It is such a wonderful celebration of ability, focusing on what a child can do – on what people can do.”
“It’s not just the promise of a starring role and spotlight dance that draws Campagna to performing, but also, as he puts it, the chance to ‘act, be active, and tell stories.'”
“I think, for us especially, it is a highlight in our career–for all of us. So for me to have that opportunity to go was absolutely a dream come true. In fact, I cried on stage; it was so awesome.”
After four years in the program, Jack has earned a spot in this season’s performance of The Nutcracker. He is the first child with Down syndrome to perform on stage with the Cincinnati Ballet.
The Nutcracker is the perfect opportunity to introduce even your youngest children to performance art, as the colorful costumes, captivating music and family-centered environment are sure to grab and keep their attention.
“entertaining, well-danced, filled with surprises and more than a little showmanship.”
“It’s a joyful tradition that we are able to share with our audiences. I love knowing that we bring magic, laughter and wonderful memories for the kids and their families!”
Catch a glimpse of The Nutcracker, taking the Aronoff Center stage December 9-18!
See inside the studio as choreographer Derrek Burbridge teaches Cincinnati Ballet dancers the hip hop choreography, a recent addition to Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker.
After wowing audiences at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. the Cincinnati Ballet dancers take to the studio, rehearsing even more of Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker in preparation for Cincinnati performances December 9-18 at the Aronoff Center.
Music and art is very prevalent in my family. On Christmas night, all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends of the family have Christmas dinner at my grandparents’ house, and we sing epic Christmas carols.
In short, they love ’em. Big surprise, right? Not for us.
“It’s a little bit different and yet that class beauty is right there.”
“James Cunningham, a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet, says La Nymphe Brisée loosely revolves around how people can become entangled with negative influences.”
“This week has been a dream come true for Cincinnati Ballet.” -Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director & CEO and Nutcracker choreographer.
Browse photos from Cincinnati Ballet’s tour to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Join dancers, staff and supporters on Day 4 of our Kennedy Center tour, as Cincinnati Ballet celebrates Thanksgiving with a monument tour and dinner.
a sparkling version of the holiday classic… clever, witty and musically fluid…the ballet teems with a sense of humor, love and wonder.
The word that kept popping to mind during Wednesday’s opening night performance was “surreal.” Not “surreal” in a disorienting way. But “surreal” in a way that transports to some alternate plane of existence.
Cincinnati Ballet’s production attempts to find ways to charm and surprise audiences more than a hundred years after it was first written. And in many ways, it succeeds, offering us an enchanting taste of the holiday season to come.
It was a most satisfying evening all told: a spirited re-telling of this seasonal classic.
“But the real clincher had to be the innovative choreography by the Ballet’s Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan and her team of dancers who masterfully executed their movements flawlessly.”
“Today’s Cincinnati Ballet is a quintessentially American dance company.”
Ahead of our performances of The Nutcracker this week at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., join Cincinnati Ballet in the studio for an insider’s glimpse of company class. Livestream filmed November 23 at 11:50 am.
For these young dancers – they range from 17 to somewhere in their mid-30s – the sense of excitement is palpable. They’re giggly and chattering as they wait to board the bus. For many of them this is the their first-ever tour.
Watch Day 3 of Cincinnati Ballet and the Kennedy Center as we debut The Nutcracker in Washington, D.C.!
See Day 2 of #CBalletOnTour to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.!
“We see shoulder dislocations, tibial fractures, ACL tears, rotator cuff damage. If something happens during a show, you can’t call a timeout — you have to keep going.”
Barbara Kellar interviews Artistic Director and CEO of the Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan, during Season 6, Episode 9 of ‘Showcase with Barbara Kellar.’
Join in on the fun of Cincinnati Ballet’s tour of The Nutcracker to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.! Watch a recap of Day 1 as the company jumps on a bus and head to the nation’s capital.
Save 25% off Nutcracker tickets for one day only!
Cincinnati Ballet has been invited to present seven performances of The Nutcracker at the famed John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., November 23 through 27, with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational holiday score. “To be invited to perform at the Kennedy Center is a great honor […]
When you set out to update a classic ballet like The Nutcracker, how do you make it fresh, new and enticing to new audiences without abandoning the long standing traditional approach? Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director and CEO, weighs in during this interview about Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker.
We collected footage from Drosselmeyer’s point of view and backstage to show you what it’s like to go flying with Drosselmeyer.
Weigh in and tell us your favorite character in our online poll!
Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of our production of King Arthur’s Camelot. Open auditions for boys will be held Sunday, November 13, 2016.
How much do you know about Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker? In this video, we collected some little known facts about Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker so you can feel like an insider before you get to the theater. If you’re already an expert, we have even more fun facts below! Did you know? Over 100 children […]
“Flying” can be a nerve-racking experience, even for seasoned dancers. But in The Nutcracker, the bees flying in from 30 feet up aren’t seasoned dancers, they’re children!
Hear from Victoria on the importance of the “Mirlipoos” and how the characters are meant to resonate with children’s active imaginations.
Over the years audiences across the country began making a point to see The Nutcracker as part of their family traditions, but it didn’t start that way.
When Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan began work on a new version of The Nutcracker in 2011, she had a novel idea for updating the character of Mother Ginger.
Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, talks about how her Mouse King choreography serves as a comedic counterpoint to the seemingly pervasive violence we see in our modern world.
In this interview, Carmon DeLeone, Cincinnati Ballet’s Music Director, recalls his favorite parts of the 1974 production and speaks to the challenges of the modern version of Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker.
Over the years The Nutcracker show has evolved, becoming even more spectacular than the original.
After four decades and six different iterations, the whimsical story remains, but the sets, costumes and choreography of The Nutcracker have become much more intricate.
We’ve condensed the entire Nutcracker into just one minute, so you can relive the magic of Nutcracker any time you’d like.
Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker has been called “downright spectacular…enchanting, entertaining, captivating, occasionally eye-popping” by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and you’ll see why in our new video trailer.
Bring the kids to meet the characters of Nutcracker, enjoy coffee and cake from Frisch’s Big Boy and even save money on your Nutcracker tickets during this fun, free event.
It’s like rebuilding a sports team. When you finally get the right players in the right positions at the right points in their careers, things click.
The production itself is enchanting. The dancers were stunning in mid-19th century costumes. Their dancing was flawless. Everyone was perfectly in time and make dancing look so easy!
Coppélia takes the stage for four performances only October 21-23! Get a glimpse at the beautiful sets and challenging choreography in these behind-the-scenes video clips from backstage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
The quirky and humorous Coppélia is set to delight audiences of all ages this weekend.
One of the most powerful aspects of the [Cincinnati Ballet] company is its academy, which teaches children and young adults of all ages the impact of dance.
A romantic comedy ballet returns to Cincinnati for the first time in 15 years.
The Cure Starts Now partnered with the Cincinnati Ballet to treat little girls and boys to a dance lesson as part of the “Dancer for a Day” program.
The event invites children affected by pediactric cancer to be a dancer for a day.
The Cincinnati Ballet hosted its annual event with The Cure Starts Now foundation, allowing children affected by pediatric cancer to dance with Cincinnati Ballet company members.
The last time Coppélia was performed by Cincinnati Ballet was in 2001, when Kirk Peterson was resident choreographer. This season he returns to stage this classic comedic ballet once again.
Coppélia takes the stage at the Aronoff Center October 21-23. Get an early look at this technically challenging ballet in this photo gallery of rehearsals with Kirk Peterson.
Did you know Coppélia has been performed for nearly 150 years? Or that it was the ballet which set the stage for Walt Disney’s “Ballerina” movie? We found some fun facts we bet you haven’t heard before!
Peterson’s version is choreographically demanding, which is important to the dancers, at the same time that it is a genuine crowd-pleaser.
To kick off her 20th anniversary season as artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, Victoria Morgan culled together seven diverse ballets for the program of Director’s Cut.
Cincinnati Ballet Children’s Division classes are accessible, kid friendly and, most importantly, fun!
Join the ATTITUDE young professional group for an intimate, cocktail party.
In celebration of #WorldBalletDay James Cunningham’s Prohibition Condition was adapted for the streets of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Cincinnati Ballet presents Coppélia for the first time in 15 years, October 21 through 23 at the Aronoff Center. This comedic story of love and mistaken identities features the technically challenging and charming original choreography of former Cincinnati Ballet resident choreographer Kirk Peterson.
After taking their final bow as Cincinnati Ballet Dancers, Sarah Hairston and Zack Grubbs join Dawn Kelly as the new Otto M. Budig Academy leadership. Hear how their 45 years of combined experience will hone the future of talented young dancers from around the world.
Each year Ohio Cancer Research proudly honors the most prominent and successful business and civic leaders in the Cincinnati area at the Star Award Gala to raise funds. This year’s honoree is Cincinnati Ballet’s very own Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan.
Peek back at the celebratory beginning to Cincinnati Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season in this Director’s Cut photo gallery!
“This ballet really has it all. Humor, a love triangle, a bit of magic and tons of really impressive dancing. It has been performed all over the world by every top ballet company,” says Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan.
There is one thing, however, that will get me out of my autumn-is-coming doldrums. One thing on the horizon to keep me sane amid the pigskin fans. And that’s the return of the ballet.
“I feel like it’s the strongest season ever in my tenure,” says Victoria Morgan about this year’s Cincinnati Ballet lineup.
By staying in Cincinnati, Morgan has reigned over a period that has seen its share of tumult and triumphs, crises and conquests. But as she begins her 20th season as Cincinnati Ballet’s leader – the season opens Sept. 16 – she can look to a list of accomplishments that would make any business leader proud.
Get hyped, ballet lovers. This is the beginning of the 2016-17 Cincinnati Ballet season, a beginning filled with auteur pieces, swan songs, and star-studded programs.
Director’s Cut will take stage at the Aronoff September 16 & 17! Until then, get your ballet fix with this photo gallery of Black Swan Pas de Deux rehearsals from the Cincinnati Ballet Studios.
Director’s Cut will take stage at the Aronoff September 16 & 17! Until then, get your ballet fix with this photo gallery of rehearsals of Justin Peck’s Capricious Maneuvers from the Cincinnati Ballet Studios.
Director’s Cut will take stage at the Aronoff September 16 & 17! Until then, get your ballet fix with this photo gallery of rehearsals from the Cincinnati Ballet Studios.
The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition will hold The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 7, 2016 from 8 am – 3:45 pm. The conference aims to strengthen and support communities through recreational music making. Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Sunderland, will be on hand to present during the Creativity & Wellness […]
Ma Cong made his mark on Cincinnati last season, when his ballet Mind of the [Re]Wind brought audiences to their feet on opening night of The Kaplan New Works Series. Don’t miss your chance to witness his never before seen world premiere during Director’s Cut, September 16-17, 2016. Get your tickets today for this exciting performance […]
If you like a variety of styles and techniques there’s no better way to kick off the ballet season than Director’s Cut! During Director’s Cut, September 16-17, classic selections from Swan Lake and Raymonda join contemporary works from Justin Peck of New York City Ballet, internationally renowned Ma Cong and more for one of the […]
During the 2016 – 2017 Season, Cincinnati Ballet is celebrating Victoria Morgan’s 20th Season as Artistic Director & CEO. Hear from Victoria herself in our latest video, and read more about how she is redefining first position.
Congratulations to all the talented young dancers who auditioned for Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker performances!
“Are ballet companies different when led by a female artistic director?”
“It has become a rarity for ballet companies to present works by women, despite the large number of women in the field and the pioneers of the 20th century.”
“Justin Peck is one of my favorite choreographers. He is a total superstar and I have been working hard, for years, to bring his work to Cincinnati Ballet. Having come from the legacy of George Balanchine, his work is intricate, fast-paced, full-bodied and musical. It uses classical ballet technique fully, and yet feels utterly contemporary […]
Director’s Cut, Cincinnati Ballet’s first series of the 2016-2017 Season, takes the stage Friday, September 16 at 8 pm and Saturday, September 17 at 2 pm and 8 pm at the Aronoff Center. The star-studded program, curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, includes six short and diverse works ranging from classical to contemporary, […]
Cincinnati Ballet announces today that respected performing arts leader Scott Altman will join the organization as Executive Director, working alongside Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan to lead the company into its next era of innovation and success.
Purchase a package of 4 Frisch’s Present The Nutcracker tickets for only $100!
Vote for your favorite title for Victoria Morgan’s latest work, a world premiere coming to Cincinnati in 2017!
Follow along as Cincinnati Ballet recreates the iconic Rainbow Legs poster in celebration of Victoria Morgan’s 20th season as Artistic Director & CEO!
Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Each year we audition and select young performers to fill various roles during our largest show of the season. If your child is interested in auditioning to be in the kids cast of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, please review […]
Cincinnati Ballet presents CincyDance! in Washington Park, through the generous support of Procter & Gamble, Rumpke, Clever Crazes and Craig & Anne Maier, on May 18 at 12 pm in Washington Park.
John David Back shares his unique (and hilarious) perspective on experiencing Cincinnati Ballet for the first time. This article contains some strong language.
Jennifer Archibald talks about her latest work, Redeem, a world premiere ballet that hits the stage for the first time ever during Director’s Choice, April 29 & 30. See this and other beautiful ballets during Director’s Choice: Groundbreaking Female Choreographers April 29 & 30 at the Aronoff.
We sat down with choreographer Heather Britt to learn about the inspiration and process behind Habitual. See this and other beautiful ballets during Director’s Choice: Groundbreaking Female Choreographers April 29 & 30 at the Aronoff.
We sat down with choreographer Jessica Lang and Stager Laura Mead to learn about the inspiration and process behind A Solo in Nine Parts. See this and other beautiful ballets during Director’s Choice: Groundbreaking Female Choreographers April 29 & 30 at the Aronoff.
We are saddened by this news, and our hearts go out to his family and loved ones. We are forever grateful to Dr. Bob Hasl for his support, and know his memory lives on through the arts, which he adored and loved to share with others.
Studio Experience: Event: April 19, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Purchase your Director’s Choice tickets here! Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Director’s Choice rehearsals 6:15 […]
Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation featuring works by four groundbreaking female choreographers. The diverse yet balanced evening curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan includes Jessica Lang’s A Solo in Nine Parts, Heather Britt’s Habitual, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows and a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald. Audiences have three opportunities to […]
Despite the fact that a majority of ballet dancers are women, positions as choreographers are still predominantly held by men. As one of only a handful of women in leadership positions, Artistic Directors & CEO Victoria Morgan has flipped the status-quo for Director’s Choice by exclusively featuring groundbreaking female choreographers. For the first time ever, Cincinnati […]
“It takes a while to let go,” says Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer of Cylindrical Shadows. “Once they pass away, it takes time… to accept that this phone number doesn’t exist anymore. You know you have to let go, but the phone number, the messages… you’re still keeping it.” For Ochoa, there’s more to death than […]
Cincinnati Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season marks Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan’s 20th. To celebrate, the new season features unique collaborations, world premieres and the return of treasured family classics.
Photography: Keith Sutter Courtesy Sacramento Ballet
Photography: Luke Isley Courtesy Ballet West
She’s been dancing her entire life, but Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston says Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love, the title piece of Cincinnati’s mixed repertoire on March 18 & 19, is the most physically demanding ballet of her career. We caught up with Sarah after rehearsals to talk about working with Trey McIntyre, the demanding role and […]
As one of the original dancers on which McIntyre set the ballet, her intimate knowledge of the piece offers insight into why this piece has such universal appeal. Spoiler warning: the unexpected mix of classical music with rock and roll favorites like Queen certainly helps!
Amy Tobin of WKRQ recently sat down to talk about women working together to lift each other up on her radio show “Amy’s Table.” After joining Étoile, the Cincinnati Ballet’s affinity group for women, Amy says she was inspired and quickly took pride in being a member. In a series of interviews Amy talked with powerhouse females […]
Amy Tobin of WKRQ recently sat down to talk about women working together to lift each other up on her radio show “Amy’s Table.” After joining Étoile, the Cincinnati Ballet’s affinity group for women, Amy says she was inspired and quickly took pride in being a member. In a series of interviews Amy talked with powerhouse females […]
Amy Tobin of WKRQ recently sat down to talk about women working together to lift each other up on her radio show “Amy’s Table.” After joining Étoile, the Cincinnati Ballet’s affinity group for women, Amy says she was inspired and quickly took pride in being a member. In a series of interviews Amy talked with powerhouse females […]
Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of dance at Florida State University and has taught and choreographed for schools and companies across the United States. She received her BFA from the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. Ilana […]
Victoria Simon was one of the first dancers selected by George Balanchine to restage his ballets. Now, as Ballet Mistress for ©The George Balanchine Trust, she has staged over 25 of the master’s ballets for more than 80 companies on every continent in the world.
Ballet Mistress Victoria Simon sat down to discuss the importance of ©The Balanchine Trust in keeping legendary ballets alive all around the globe.
Studio Experience: March 1, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Wild Sweet Love rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel […]
Wild Sweet Love features a soundtrack that puts rock and roll favorites next to classical icons.
Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston, a company member for 15 years, and Senior Soloist Zack Grubbs, a member for 14 years, announce they will retire in 2016, going on to serve as the new Academy Dean and Academy Principal, respectively, for Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. The two company veterans will help Artistic […]
Cincinnati Ballet presents a triple bill in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus March 18 and 19 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program includes George Balanchine’s Who Cares? performed by Cincinnati Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, Age of Innocence performed by BalletMet Columbus and Wild Sweet Love performed by Cincinnati Ballet. The family friendly Ballet Toybox […]
WCPO talks about Cincinnati Ballet’s hilarious addition to Cinderella
Cincinnati Ballet made number two on Cincinnati Refined’s list of the top ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day
Carmon DeLeone talks to WLWT about Cinderella
Photo gallery from Cincinnati Ballet’s Cinderella rehearsals.
See who will be dancing your favorite characters.
We collected a handful of fun facts about Cincinnati Ballet’s Cinderella you may not know in our latest video.
Everyone please welcome Cincinnati Ballet’s latest Visiting Artist: Pas De BourRex! We periodically bring in talented artists from all over the world, but this marks the first time a Visiting Artist comes from an entirely different era (not to mention species)! Enjoy the T Rex ballerina video, we hope it brightens up your week!
Eric Van Wyk received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland—College Park and his B.A. in Fine Arts from Dordt College. His credits at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Minneapolis include being scenic designer for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, puppet and scenic designer for The Biggest Little House […]
Listen in as Maestro Carmon DeLeone talks about Cinderella, Prokofiev’s score and his career at Cincinnati Ballet on-air with WMKV Cares.
Follow Head Wardrobe Mistress Diana Vandergriff-Adams through the Cincinnati Ballet’s Wardrobe Department for an inside look at the brand new costumes for Cinderella!
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Clifton Taylor’s works include Oui/Non and the ballets for the Jazz Blues Project for The Washington Ballet. At the Kennedy Center, his work has been seen with National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Sardono Dance Theater and Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia. Taylor has created lighting, projection and scenic […]
Peter Farmer has designed for most of the major ballet companies in the world, including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Houston Ballet, London City Ballet, Sadlerís Wells/Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rome and Cologne Opera Houses, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New London Ballet, Ballet Rambert, […]
Peek into the magical world of the Fairy Godmother to catch a glimpse of Cinderella in our latest performance trailer.
Studio Experience: February 2, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Cinderella rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel discussion with […]
Principal Dancer Patric Palkens and Soloist Abigail Morwood competed with more than 200 dancers from around the world Thursday in the first Vienna International Ballet Competition held in the United States. Performing the Variation of Franz from Coppelia and the Grand Pas Classique Variation, Palkens took home a Silver Medal in the Men’s Classical category. Soloist […]
Cinderella returns this Valentine’s weekend with choreography by Victoria Morgan. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the music of the legendary Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. Audiences have five opportunities to see the beloved tale come to life at the at the Aronoff Center, February 12-14. From the modern vision of Artistic Director & […]
Want to know which role your favorite dancer will perform during Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker? Below you will find the official casting for Cincinnati Ballet Dancers during the second week of Nutcracker performances. Casting is subject to change.
All new adult ballet students dance free January 4 – 10, 2016!
Nutcracker opens Dec 18, 2015!
View the Company casting for the first week of Nutcracker performances!
Don’t delay, the nomination period ends December 31, 2015!
Hear from Victoria about the fine line between tradition, expectations, excitement and progress.
Why did Victoria Morgan change the Mouse King from a frightening threat to comical mischief? Find out in this interview.
Learn about Mother Ginger’s history over the last 40 years at Cincinnati Ballet.
Maestro Carmon DeLeone, Music Director, reminisces about the original Nutcracker from 1974, but points out today’s choreography is much more demanding than it used to be.
Learn about the origin of The Nutcracker’s poodles, and other aspects of the performance that have returned after 40 years.
Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan and Maestro Carmon DeLeone sit down to talk about the long standing tradition of The Nutcracker in Cincinnati.
The Nutcracker himself collected his favorite Holiday songs to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!
Get the bee’s eye view of what it’s like to make a grand entrance from 30 feet up.
See the entire Nutcracker condensed into 60 seconds!
Take a nostalgic journey to the Land of Sweets during Cincinnati Ballet Nutcracker performances in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
Visit the link to read the WCPO article, or visit our page for more information about the sensory friendly Nutcracker.
Next up on our performance list is Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker so we set out to find some little-known facts so you can feel like an expert by the time you get to the theatre.
Find the Nutcracker out and about during your favorite holiday events and you could win 4 free tickets to see Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker!
Check out these side by side comparisons of the 1974 version and the 2015 version to see how costumes, sets and even the choreography has undergone major transformations over the years.
Take a quick trip to the Land of Sweets in our video trailer for The Nutcracker, Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition.
Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center (1555 Central Parkway) for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists.
The Nutcracker is the beloved holiday story of Clara, a little girl who embarks on a fantastical journey with her Nutcracker Prince through the Land of Sweets, meeting colorful and exciting characters along the way.
We’re teaming up with the Character Crew to bring The Nutcracker and his friends to events all over Cincinnati!
Corp de Ballet Dancer Jake Casey choreographed his new work, “Recursus” on the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company for the 2015 Inaugural Choreography Workshop. The piece has been accepted into the Reverb Dance Festival taking place November 6-8 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City. Casey, along with Cincinnati Ballet Dancers Taylor Carrasco, James […]
Audience members are invited to walk across the stage following Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker on select dates, getting a chance to see sets, costumes and dancers up close!
Cincinnati Ballet’s Behind the Ballet series takes you on stage to see impossible angles of Lady of the Camellias.
Fox 19 interviews James Gilmer and Abigail Morwood about their roles in Lady of the Camellias.
Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where you will have the opportunity to meet select dancers, choreographers and members of the creative team who bring Lady of the Camellias to life.
Why is Alexandre Dumas a familiar name? How much has the ballet changed? Where do camellias grow? We’ve got the answers to all the questions you didn’t even know to ask about Lady of the Camellias in our latest video.
Visit the link below to read what Cincinnati Enquirer has to say.
Val Caniparoli wants you to feel, like any great artist. But that can prove difficult in ballet where words are never spoken, there are no close-ups or computer animated effects…
Val Caniparoli became choreographer for Lady of the Camellias in a way no one would prefer. We sat down to speak with him about his choreography and how the show has changed over the last two decades.
See inside rehearsal for Lady of the Camellias.
Attention music lovers: We put together a Spotify playlist to give you just a taste of what you’ll get to hear live at Lady of the Camellias! Stream it straight from our website.
Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad. He has contributed to the repertories of more than forty dance companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel […]
Children affected by pediatric cancer will have the opportunity to dance with Cincinnati Ballet dancers
Lady of the Camellias takes the stage October 23 and 24 at the Aronoff Center with choreography by Val Caniparoli.
While tuning in to your favorite Cincinnati radio stations have you heard Zack Grubbs in our latest commercial for The Kaplan New Works Series? If not, click play above to listen!
Viktor Plotnikov didn’t want to be a choreographer, he was pretty satisfied dancing as a Principal Dancer for Boston Ballet. But the encouragement of friends and family led him to an entirely new career as a full time choreographer. Luckily for us, this change in direction has created eye pointe taken, a ballet featuring not […]
Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland presents two pieces in the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, including the world premiere of his latest solo piece: Fellow Traveler, and the return of All My Favorite People from Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live. We caught up with Adam to ask what it’s like seeing his […]
Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland presents two pieces in the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, including the world premiere of his latest solo piece: Fellow Traveler. Hear his thoughts about creating for New Works and working with Cincinnati Ballet dancers.
For the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, Hougland has churned out yet another world premiere for Cincinnati audiences, titled Fellow Traveler. The return of Patric Palkens as Principal Dancer this season made for a perfect pairing with Hougland, leading to the creation of Adam’s sixth world premiere with Cincinnati Ballet.
Apprentice Taylor Carrasco takes over Cincinnati Ballet Instagram.
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Cincinnati Ballet, through the generous support of ArtsWave, Interact for Health and Procter & Gamble, presents CincyDance! in Washington Park on May 21 at 12:00 pm at Washington Park. Over 1,200 local third grade students from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky schools will learn a dance set to a mash-up of classical and contemporary music—including […]
Download the 1415 Director’s Choice Press Release Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation with selections chosen specifically for Cincinnati audiences by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, including Classical Symphony, Feast of the Gods and Chasing Squirrel. “These three pieces are choreographic powerhouses,” says Morgan. “They exemplify the direction ballet is headed and changing the […]
See an entire Mozart’s Requiem dress rehearsal in a 2 minute time lapse video.
You’ve seen ballet from the orchestra seats. We’ve even showed you what it’s like on stage. But this time we’ve gone further… about 100 feet further in fact. We hid a camera on the set floating high above the dancers to capture Mozart’s Requiem from an impossible angle during technical rehearsals. Watch as the Cincinnati Ballet dancers practice […]
Download the 1516 Season Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s 2015-2016 Season brings exciting collaborations, world premieres and the return of a beloved fairytale favorite with: The Kaplan New Works Series, Lady of the Camellias, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild Sweet Love and Director’s Choice performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Kaplan New Works […]
The week before opening night of ALICE (in wonderland) the Cincinnati Ballet company moved into the Aronoff Center for dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals. See Alice from angles you’ve never seen before as we pass a GoPro camera off to our dancers and join them for a first person perspective on stage!
We collected footage from Drosselmeyer’s point of view and backstage to show you what it’s like to go flying across the stage.
After originally joining forces for Kaplan New Works, Cincinnati Ballet and Elementz hip hop dance group collaborated on hip hop choreography, making a unique addition to this season’s Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker.
Frisch’s has been sponsoring the Cincinnati Ballet production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker since it’s beginning in 1974! Each year Big Boy is ceremoniously escorted by the Nutcracker to his rightful place in the Aronoff Center lobby to kick off Cincinnati’s Nutcracker season.
40 years later Nutcracker has evolved, becoming even more spectacular than the original. Families still gather every winter to see the magic and wonder of Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker, now in its sixth iteration.
Download the 1415 Nutcracker Performance Hosts Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s exciting family tradition, The Nutcracker Luncheon, has evolved into Nutcracker Performance Hosts. This special event series provides an all-access, VIP experience to patrons during any one of the eleven performances of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker this December 19-27, 2014. A special opportunity for families to enjoy […]
Cincinnati Ballet took off to Neverland like never before! Check out some of our favorite moments captured by photographer Peter Mueller during the performances.
Download the 1415 Nutcracker Press Release Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker returns for its 40th Anniversary December 19 through 27 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational score, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. The holiday favorite, presented since 1974, saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 world premiere, with […]
Download the 1415 Dance Theatre of Harlem Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased welcome the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to Cincinnati November 3-4 for two days of special performances and appearances, accompanied by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH. With assistance from Cincinnati Ballet’s Education & Outreach Department, DTH will pay visit to local […]
Download the 1415 Peter Pan Live Stream Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the November 8, 2 pm matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts will live stream directly to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, giving patients and their families the opportunity to experience the whimsical adventure without leaving […]
Download the 1415 Cure Starts Now event Press Release Cincinnati Ballet will be hosting the third annual “ballerina for a day” event with The Cure Starts Now on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for children affected by pediatric cancer. These patients and their families are invited to […]
Audiences have the opportunity to see choreographer Septime Webre’s dazzling take on the classic story set to an original score by Cincinnati Ballet’s own Music Director Maestro Carmon DeLeone, performed live by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Cincinnati Ballet Senior Soloist Rodrigo Almarales, a native of Cuba, will be returning to his home country in October to perform with Cuba’s National Ballet Company in Havana’s prestigious international dance festival. Almarales will be in Cuba from October 25 through November 8, performing in Flames of Paris and Coppelia. “Being on stage with the […]
After months of dedication and rehearsals the Cincinnati Ballet Dancers took the stage for The Kaplan New Works Series. Browse the images from the Opening Night performance!
Cincinnati Ballet Dancers rehearse daily in preparation for The Kaplan New Works Series. From learning the steps to perfecting every move they pour countless hours and endless amounts of energy toward pursuing perfection. Enjoy these behind the scenes photos from New Works rehearsals.