Keenan English

Randallstown, Maryland | Trainee | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

Keenan English began his formal ballet training at the age of 12 with the Baltimore County Youth Ballet. From there, he went on to attend the Baltimore School for The Arts. Upon return for his senior year at the School For The Arts, he was invited to join the trainee program at Boston Ballet School, where he studied for a year under the Pao Scholarship. While there, English had the opportunity to perform with Boston Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote,The Nutcracker and the Annual Gala. In the summer of 2012, he attended the summer course at The School of American Ballet, and later that year enrolled as a full time student on the Carolyn Wright-Lewis Scholarship. During his two years at SAB he performed in Balanchine’sSerenade, Coppelia and Western Symphony which was a Live at Lincoln Center PBS Broadcast. In 2014, he joined the company at Dance Theatre of Harlem. While there he danced works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, ulysses Dove, Francesca Harper, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Robert Garland. English has attended summer courses at Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and the School of American Ballet.

2015-2016 Sponsors: Lanthan & Louise Camblin and Stephen Myer

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

  • Baltimore County Youth Ballet
  • Baltimore School of the Arts (2009-2011)
  • Boston Ballet: Trainee (2011-2012)
  • School of American Ballet (2012-2014)
  • Dance Theater of Harlem: Company Member (2014-2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee

Favorite Roles

  • Balanchine’s Agon
  • Balanchine’s Western Symphony
  • Diamonds from Balanchine’s Jewels
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