Khris Santos

Corps de Ballet | Tao Baja, Puerto Rico | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2013

Originally from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Khris Santos began dancing at age 11. He trained at the Puerto Rican National Ballet School with Julián E. Blanco, Ballets De San Juan School and San Francisco Ballet School. Santos joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in 2013 and was promoted to Apprentice in 14-15 and New Dancer for the 15-16 Season. Santos’s favorite ballet is Swan Lake and if he could dance in any ballet he would choose The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by the famed William Forsythe. Santos’s favorite personal dancing memory is dancing in Le Corsaire at his graduation. In July 2015 he participated in an international ballet competition held in Beijing, China, with other top dancers from around the world.

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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.”

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Photography: Peter Mueller

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