Zoe Donnenfield

CBII | San Francisco, CA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Zoe Donnenfield began her training at the City Ballet School of San Francisco, under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova. Donnenfield trained there for six years before joining Atlanta Ballet’s Fellowship program in 2016. Donnenfield has danced in many productions with both the City Ballet School of San Francisco and Atlanta Ballet, including Esmerelda (Grand Pas des Fleurs), La Fille Mal Gardée (Pas de Deux), Paquita (corps de ballet), and The Nutcracker (Snowflake, Flower). She has participated in numerous competitions and placed in the Top 12 Women’s Senior Division in 2016 for a contemporary Petrichor piece choreographed by Anne-Sophie Rodriguez. This is Donnenfield’s first season with Cincinnati Ballet.

Sponsors: Missie & Art Santomo

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.”

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Photography: Peter Mueller

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