Sirui Liu

Principal Dancer | Shanghai, China | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2011

Sirui 297Sirui Liu trained at Shanghai Dance School affiliated to Shanghai Theater Academy from 2000 to 2007 and went on to the Shanghai Dance College of Shanghai Theater Academy for four years. The desire to expand her dance horizons upon graduation led Liu to Cincinnati Ballet, for which she left her school and family in China. Liu won a gold medal competing in senior group of ballet of the Ninth Taolibei National Dance Competition in China in 2009 and the gold medal of senior group of Beijing International Ballet Invitational in China in 2010. Liu was invited to perform in Night of Ballet Gala in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia in June 2016. Sirui competed in 2014’s USA International Ballet Competition, progressing to the third and final round. Liu was named one of the Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2017 by Dance Magazine. She has danced several Pas de Deux including Black Swan, Don Quixote, Esmeralda, Diana and Acteon, Le Corsaire, Paquita, Coppelia. She has also performed principal roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Waltz girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tall girl in Balanchine’s Rubies, The Chosen One in Rite of Spring, Pas couple in Minus 16, amongst other ballets. Liu has also worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Yuri Possokhov, Kirk Peterson, Trey Mcintyre, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lope Ochoa, Nicolo Fonte, Garrett Smith, Justin Peck, Septime Webre, Jennifer Archibald, Ma Cong, Travis Wall, and more. Liu is the co-owner of Improvedance and Dancewera Royale. She was named a Cincinnati Ballet Soloist for the in 2015 and promoted to Principal Dancer in 2017.

Sponsors: Barbara K. Myers

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

  • Shanghai Dance School Affiliated to Shanghai Theatre Academy (2000-2007)
  • Shanghai Dance College of Shanghai Theatre Academy – Ballet Major (2007-2011)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Corps de Ballet, Soloist, Principal

Favorite Roles

  • Kitri in Don Quixote
  • Odette/Odile in Swan Lake
  • Tall girl in Rubies

Competitions & Awards

  • Gold Medal – Senior Group, in the 9th “Tao Li Cup” Dance Competition in China (2009)
  • Gold Medal – Senior Group, 3rd Beijing International Ballet Invitational Competition in China (2010)
  • Finallist Certificate – 10th International Ballet Competition in Jackson, TN (2014)

Photography: Peter Mueller

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