Jacqueline Damico Amador

Corps de Ballet | Carlisle, PA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2008

Jacqueline Damico was raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. She later moved to New York City to train with The School of American Ballet for two years. Damico also attended summer intensives on scholarship with Miami City Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet and Stiefel and Stars, among others. Following her graduation she received a contract to dance with Oregon Ballet Theater for their 07-08 season. Since joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2008, Damico has danced featured roles in ballets such as Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Romeo and JulietCapriTheme and Variation, Symphony in C, Mozart’s RequiemAll My Favorite PeopleExtremely Close and Classical Symphony.

Sponsors: Nancy R. Clagett and George & Kathy Wilkinson

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

  • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
  • School of American Ballet
  • Oregon Ballet Theater (2007-2008)
  • Cincinnati Ballet (2008-Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Balanchine’s Tarantella
  • Balanchine’s Square Dance
  • Adam Hougland’s All My Favorite People and Mozart’s Requiem
  • William Forsythe’s Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Photography: Peter Mueller

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