Taylor Carrasco

Corps de Ballet | Albuquerque, New Mexico | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

“When I was three, my sister was six and in ballet like every other little girl. My parents would bring me to her classes and I would try to dance with them from the hallway. They assumed I’d like it, enrolled me in class and I never stopped,” says Taylor Carrasco of his ballet beginnings. Carrasco trained with the New Mexico Ballet Company and School of American Ballet and has taken summer intensives with Boston Ballet, Ballet Chicago and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in the 14-15 Season and was promoted to Apprentice for the 15-16 Season. He was recently the recipient of the MacDowell Artist Grant from the Cincinnati MacDowell Society. Carrasco’s favorite dancing memories thus far are tied to dancing with his sister. He says that “sharing the stage with family is the best experience.” Carrasco was promoted to Corps de Ballet for the 2017-2018 Season.

Sponsors: Lynn & Daniel Langmeyer and Bruce M. Halpryn & Chas W. Riebe

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

  • School of American Ballet (2012-2014)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: CBII, Apprentice (2014- Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Lead Male in Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie
  • Adam Hougland’s Mozart’s Requiem

Competitions and Awards

  • Cincinnati MacDowell Society Artist Grant (2015)
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