Jimena Flores Sánchez

CB2 | Cuidad Obregon, Mexico | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Jimena Flores Sánchez was born in Cuidad Obregon, Mexico. She trained under the direction of Paul Mejia, Maria Terezia Balogh and Lisa Slagle. In 2015, she trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division where she danced for two years under the direction of Peter Boal. She also received the Dance Council of North Texas Dr. Dan Pickard & Rosie Kimple Scholarship in 2015.  While at PNB, she performed in the company productions of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Coppelia, West Side Story, and Symphony in C.  In PNB’s school productions, she danced leading roles in Le Corsaire, and Hansel and Gretel as well as being featured in soloist roles for PNB’s Next Step program with works by Kyle Davis, Ezra Thomson, Sarah Pasch Thomson, Angeli Mamon, Dammiel Cruz, and Margaret Mullin. In 2017, Jimena joined Oklahoma City Ballet’s Studio Company under the direction of Robert Mills, where she performed company productions of Firebird, Rodeo, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and The Little Mermaid.

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