Michael Menghini

CB2 | St. Ignace, MI | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Michael began dancing at the age of eight. He trained with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Heather Raue, throughout middle and high school. During his training, Michael was given scholarships to train at summer intensives such as Houston Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Ballet, The Juilliard School, and the School of Dance at Chautauqua Institution, where he was given the 1st Place Award for Choreography. After graduating high school, Michael began his career as a member of Charlotte Ballet II for 2 seasons. While at Charlotte, he was involved in premieres such as the North American Premiere of Javier de Frutos’ The Most Incredible Thing, and the world premieres of Peter Chu’s Rite of Spring, and Sasha Janes’ Wuthering Heights. He also performed the roles of Nutcracker Prince & Drosselmeyer in Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker, The titular role in Mark Diamond’s Matisse, and the Lead Man in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? staged by Kennedy Center Honoree, Patricia McBride.

 

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