Janessa Touchet

Janessa Touchet
New Orleans, LA
Joined 2001

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.” Prior to joining Cincinnati Ballet, Touchet trained with the Delta Festival Ballet under the direction of Joseph Giacobbe, Giacobbe Academy of Dance, Hartford Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet. She credits her family for inspiring, encouraging and supporting her career. Touchet is delighted to share her passion for dance with Cincinnati Ballet.

Fun fact: 
Janessa twirled baton until she was nine years old. Her talent was incorporated into a moment in King Arthur’s Camelot when, just after King Arthur and Guinevere are married, Guinevere twirls a rose in the air while dancing.

Professional History:
-Giacobbe Academy of Dance
-Hartford Ballet
-Royal Danish Ballet
-Pacific Northwest Ballet
-Delta Festival Ballet

Favorite roles: Marie, The Nutcracker; Rubies, Jewels; Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty; Odile/Odette, Swan Lake; Jorma Elo’s Plan to B

ALICE (IN WONDERLAND) Swan Lake | Photography: Peter Mueller Romeo & Juliet

"Fiery, playful, passionate - her performances have achieved a dramatic range to match her technical skills." - David Lyman, The Enquirer

"Touchet is one of those dancers who can't hide her enthusiasm. And in this role [Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty] - a 16-year-old who is resurrected and finds the love of her life - she is mesmerizing. The choreography is as challenging as it is daring. But Touchet has the technique and the bravado to pull it off." - David Lyman, The Enquirer

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Photo credit: Peter Mueller, The Sleeping Beauty

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