Esther Martinez

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania | Trainee | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

Since the age of two Esther Martinez has been tapping her foot to the beat! At 12 she joined Pennsylvania Youth Theater and met Yu Hong of Beijing Dance Academy, a former Principal Dancer at Cincinnati Ballet. Hong got her on pointe and made her fall in love with ballet! “I loved doing contemporary dance, but ballet became my passion,” says Martinez. Two years later she was offered a full merit scholarship to study at the Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and perform soloist roles with Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At age 16 she continued to study with Hong at his studio Pennsylvania Classical Ballet and joined Repertory Dance Theater to perform soloist roles with Miller Symphony Orchestra and study with Trinette Singleton, former Joffrey star.  At one point, Martinez wasn’t sure she would make a name for herself in ballet. But at age 17 she received the invitation of a lifetime to move to New York City and study with Fabrice Herrault, of Paris Opera Ballet, at his private studio with a select group of dancers, including Aran Bell. After almost two years with Herrault she joined Joffrey Ballet Concert Group on tour to study with Artistic Director Davis Robertson, former Joffrey principal dancer and Ballet Mistress, Stacy Caddell, former NYCB principal dancer. At Joffrey she performed Desmond Richardson’s original choreography with Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Park Avenue Armory Gala, Battlefield by Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey, Gerald Arpino’s Kettentanz, Light Rain and Viva Vivaldi,Ballerina pas de deux choreographed by Stacy Caddell, and Serenade by George Balanchine.

2015-2016 Sponsors: Dr. Robert & Dr. Beverly Croskery and Leslie & Larry Newman

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.”

Professional History

  • Pennsylvania Youth Theater (2007-2009)
  • Ballet Guild of The Lehigh Valley (2009-2011)
  • Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (2009-2011)
  • Pennsylvania Classical Ballet (2011-2012)
  • Repertory Dance Theater (2011-2012)
  • Studied with Fabrice Herrault (2012-2014)
  • Joffrey Ballet Concert Group (2014-2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee

Favorite Roles

  • Balanchine’s Serenade
  • Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain
  • Pas de Deux in Stacy Caddell’s Ballerina
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