Samantha Nagy-Chow

Sacramento, CA | New Dancer | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2013

Samantha Nagy-Chow grew up in Sacramento training at Deane Dance Center in Sacramento at ten years old with Barbara Crockett, Allyson Deane, Richard Shi and Shirin Keyani-Rose. She attended summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School before moving to San Francisco at the age of 15 to train full time with San Francisco Ballet School. She also graduated in three years from the acclaimed Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a B.S. in Ballet and an Outside Field in Education. There she performed Second Violin Soloist in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Sanguinic Principal in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Soloist in Peter Martin’s Eight Easy Pieces. She joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in 2013 and was promoted to Apprentice in 14-15 and New Dancer for the 15-16 Season. Nagy-Chow participated in the Inaugural Choreography Workshop choreographing a world premiere piece, Raison d’être.

2015-2016 Sponsors: Madelynn & Raymond Matlock

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

  • San Francisco Ballet School (2007-2010)
  • Indiana University Ballet Theater (2010-2013)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: CBII, Apprentice, New Dancer (2013-Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Sanguinic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments
  • Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty
  • Soloist in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco

Photography: Peter Mueller

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