Matthew Griffin

New Dancer | Ellenton, FL | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Matthew Griffin began his formal ballet training in 2010 under Sergiy Mikhailov and Darya Fedotova at The School of Russian Ballet in Sarasota, Florida. While there, Griffin danced in productions of Coppélia (Franz), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), and The Nutcracker (the Prince). Under Mikhailov’s and Fedotova’s coaching, he participated in many competitions and was an award winner at The USA International Ballet Competition 2014. Griffin graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in 2017 with a B.S. in Dance Arts Administration. With Butler Ballet, Griffin performed many classical and contemporary productions including Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried), The Four Temperaments (Third Theme), The Nutcracker (Arabian Soloist, Herr Stahlbaum, and Flower Cavalier), Viva Vivaldi (Soloist), and original works by the Butler Ballet Faculty. This is Griffin’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

“I am very excited to be joining Cincinnati Ballet as an apprentice for the 2017-2018 season.”

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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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