Josiah Cook

Flagstaff, AZ | CBII | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

“Like so many boys, my first experience with ballet was watching my sister take class. After impatiently waiting a few years to be old enough, I took my first class and never looked back,” says Josiah Cook, 18. He was raised in Flagstaff Arizona, where he was taught the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, passing his yearly exams with distinction. At the age of 16 he left home and moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. Cook has spent multiple summers with American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He is looking forward to the 1516 Season as a CBII with The Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and all the new things this year will bring.

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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

  • Trained with Andrew Needhammer (2006-2012)
  • School of American Ballet (2013-2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: CBII

Favorite Roles

  • Balanchine’s Western Symphony
  • War and Discord in Copellia
  • Men’s Regiment in Stars and Stripes
  • Robbin’s Fanfare
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