Edward Gonzalez

Senior Soloist | Havana, Cuba | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Edward Gonzalez trained with the Elemental Cuban Ballet School and The National Cuban Ballet School. In 2008 Gonzalez became a trainee with The National Cuban Ballet Company and was quickly promoted to the corps de ballet. During the 2012-2013 season Gonzalez was promoted to a coryphée. In 2013 Gonzalez joined the Sarasota Ballet as a soloist and was promoted to a principal dancer for the 2016-2017 season. During his career Gonzalez has had the opportunity to tour the U.S. – including performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2014 and New York City’s Joyce Theater in 2015, as well as Australia, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil. This is Gonzalez’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

“Some of my favorite performances include George Balanchine’s Jewels, Who Cares?, and Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda Act II. I am very excited to be joining Cincinnati Ballet and look forward to moving and exploring a new city in the United States!”

Sponsors: Linda & Gary Greenberg

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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