Megumi Nishimori

CBII | Santa Clara, CA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Megumi Nishimori started training at the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy in Thailand before relocating to Steps Dance Studio in the Philippines in 2011. During her time there, she entered the Asian Grand Prix Competition in Hong Kong and received a Silver Medal. This opportunity lead Lisa Macuja Elizalde, the artistic director of Ballet Manila, to invite her to dance Kitri for their production of Don Quixote in 2012. In 2013, Nishimori moved to Japan to train at the Acri Horimoto Ballet Academy, where she received many awards, such as Second Place in the All Japan Ballet Competition and third in the All Japan Ballet Union Competition in 2014. After two years, Nishimori moved to San Francisco to study at the San Francisco Ballet School, on a partial scholarship, under Patrick Armand and Tina LeBlanc. While with the San Francisco Ballet School, Nishimori danced with the company in Helgi Tomasson’s Swan Lake (Swan Corps), Tomasson’s The Nutcracker (Flowers and Snow), and Balanchine’s Coppélia (Village Girl). As a student, she danced in Balanchine’s Serenade. This is Nishimori’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

After two years with San Francisco Ballet School, Nishimori is happy to join Cincinnati Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.

Sponsors: Madelynn & Raymond Matlock and Ruthann & Jim Sammarco

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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