Born in Greenwood, Indiana, Samantha Riester started dancing at the age of four. In 2008, she began training at the Indianapolis School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Lyras. She has attended summer programs with the School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet. She joined the School of American Ballet in the fall of 2012 and graduated in 2015, training under the direction of Kay Mazzo, Susan Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Peter Martins, Darci Kistler, Jonathon Stafford and Arch Higgins. At her time at the School of American Ballet she performed in student choreographic projects, the New York Choreographic Institute, Winter Ball and lecture demonstrations. Upon her graduation, she danced in the end of year workshop in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, and the Oboe in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare.
The Nutcracker Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, now in its 45th annual season, returns to the Music Hall from December 13 through 24, 2018. This year, the production has grown in a big way! Joining the cast is a brand-new character, based on the world’s most famous hippo – ‘Fiona.’ Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical […]