Rachel Thalman

Pittsburgh, PA | CBII | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2014

“My parents put me in dance when I was four. They thought I would enjoy it because I danced around the house a lot,” says Thalman. They were right. Thalman has trained with M and M Dance Academy, The Ballet School for the Zurich Opera House, Atelier Rainbow Tanzkunst in Switzerland, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Graduate program, graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school program and taken summer intensives with Point Park University and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. “My favorite memory of dance is when I first performed the snow scene in Terrance Orr’s The Nutcracker,” she says. “I grew up watching the company perform and I never thought I would actually be up there with them. It was a beautiful and surreal moment.” Thalman joined the Second Company in 2014 as a Trainee and looks forward to returning as a CBII for the 1516 Season.

2015-2016 Sponsor: Ms. Nancy M. Steman

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

  • The Ballet School for the Zurich Opera House (2009-2011)
  • Atelier Rainbow Tanzkunst (2009-2011)
  • The University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program (2011-2012)
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Pre-Professional Graduate Program (2012-2014)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee, CBII (2014-Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Swan Corps in Swan Lake
  • Dryads in Don Quioxte
  • Spanish in The Nutcracker
  • Indian Maidens in Peter Pan
  • Flamingos in ALICE (In Wonderland)
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