Luca De-Poli

Corp de Ballet | West Palm Beach, FL | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2014

Luca De-Poli was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he began his training at the age of 14. Luca trained with Ballet Florida’s school under the direction of Marie Hale and also attended A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts under the direction of Jan Goetz. Luca attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music as a ballet major and graduated in May 2015. De-Poli joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company for the 2015-2016 season and was promoted to Apprentice the following year. During his Apprentice season, De-Poli danced a world premiere by Ma Cong, Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin and debuted the title role Zeus in the North American premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Eros Redux. He was promoted to New Dancer for the 2017-2018 season.

Sponsors: Keke & Tony Sansalone

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

  • Ballet Florida Academy (2006-2011)
  • Dreyfoos School of the Arts (2006-2011)
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2011-2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: CBII (2015-2016), Apprentice (2016-2017), New Dancer (2017-2018)
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