Melissa Gelfin began her ballet training with Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy and continued with Barbara Sandonato and Andrea Long-Naidu at Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet. She joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was awarded a National Training Scholarship with ABT. Gelfin joined Orlando Ballet II in 2010, joined the company as an apprentice the following year and was promoted to a company member in January 2012. Gelfin finished as a finalist in the 2014 USA IBC competition in Jackson, Mississippi, performing Don Quixote Pas de Deux, Switch Phase choreographed by Mathew Neenan, Le Corsaire Pas de Duex and Barco Negro choreographed by Telmo Moreira. Gelfin joined Cincinnati Ballet as New Dancer for the 14-15 Season and in February was promoted to Corps de Ballet. In 2015, she performed in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Turandot. Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist for Cincinnati Ballet’s 2017-2018 Season.
Principal dancer, Melissa Gelfin, is one of two Cincinnati Ballet dancers who will be portraying the role of Tinkerbell in the upcoming production of Peter Pan. She is excited to dance the role again (the first time was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2014). Here are Melissa’s thoughts about taking on this challenging role once again: […]