Samantha Griffin

Corps de Ballet | Winston-Salem, NC | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Samantha received her preliminary training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to graduate from UNCSA’s high school program. While she was there she danced in various performances including The Nutcracker as Snow Queen, Paquita and George Balanchine’s La Source. Samantha spent summers training at The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Dance Institution. She then continued her training with Charlotte Ballet’s second company performing in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Western Symphony, Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove, David Ingram’s Piso Sto Miden and the lead in Balanchine’s Raymonda. Griffin was promoted to Corps de Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.

Sponsors: Lanthan & Louise Camblin

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

  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Preparatory Program, High School Program (2003-2013)
  • Charlotte Ballet: Apprentice, Second Company (2013-2015)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee

Favorite Roles

  • Lead in Balanchine’s Raymonda
  • Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove
  • Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments
  • Balanchine’s Western Symphony
  • David Ingram’s Piso Sto Miden
  • Snow Queen in Ethan Stiefel’s The Nutcracker
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