Katelyn Somers

Nekoosa, WI | Trainee | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

Katelyn Somers began her dance training at the age of three with Academie De la Danse. She continued on to graduate from Interlochen Arts Academy and is currently studying with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Somers has danced with Connecticut Ballet and the Traverse City Dance Project as well as attended summer intensives with Cincinnati Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Point Park International Dance, Joffrey Midwest and Dance Master Class in Urbania, Italy. She joins The Cincinnati Ballet Second Company for the 1516 Season as a Trainee.

2015-2016 Sponsor: Dr. Robert & Dr. Beverly Croskery and Mr Cedric W. Vogel

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

  • Academie de la Danse (1998-2010)
  • Interlochen Arts Academy (20120-2013)
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2013-Present)
  • Traverse City Dance Project (2014)
  • Connecticut Ballet Summer Dance Caravan (2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee

Favorite Roles

  • Giselle in Act II of Giselle
  • Pas de Deuz in Anthony Krutzkamp’s Similar
  • The Aspirant (lead) in Andre Megerdichian’s Appalachian Spring

Competitions and Awards

  • Interlochen Arts Academy Fine Arts Award (2012)
  • Interlochen Arts Academy Young Artists Award (2013)

“In one of the evening’s finest, moments, Katelyn Somers and Daniel Wagner, dressed in casual clothes and isolated in their own pool of light, elicited generous applause for their precise and emotionally-charged duet.” – Rafael de Acha

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