Grace Choi

First Year Corps de Ballet | Evans City, PA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Originally born in Seoul, South Korea, Grace Choi grew up in Evans City, Pennsylvania and began her training at Pittsburgh Ballet House in 2005. In 2013, Choi received a scholarship to participate in San Francisco Ballet’s summer program, after competing in the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition as a Third Round Finalist. She was also invited to compete in the USA International Ballet Competition in 2014. Choi went on to continue her training at San Francisco Ballet School and was named an apprentice with San Francisco Ballet in 2015. Her repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Coppélia (Swanhilda’s Friend), Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle (Wilis), Tomasson/Possokhonv’s Don Quixote (Driads), and The Nutcracker (Snowflake and Flower). Choi was a part of the U.S. premiere of Macmillan’s Soirées Musicales. In addition, Choi has worked with choreographers such as Norbert de la Cruz III and Natrea Blake through Tulsa Ballet’s Second Company. This is Choi’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

 

Sponsors: Dee Shaffer

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

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