December 2016


Jack Barlow: Breaking Boundaries as First Cincinnati Ballet Dancer with Down Syndrome

His enthusiasm and hard work earned him a role on stage with Cincinnati Ballet during The Nutcracker, making Jack the first child with down syndrome to dance with the company!

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CHAUSA.org: Suffering for art? Mercy Health provides solace, rehabilitation


“In Cincinnati, dancers, musicians and thespians have learned to count on Mercy Health’s Performing Arts Medicine program for treatment and preventive care.”

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WDTN.com: Boy with Down syndrome performs in Cincinnati Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’


“It is such a wonderful celebration of ability, focusing on what a child can do – on what people can do.”

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Cincinnati Magazine: The Nutcracker’s Fritz Talks Baby Mice, Football, and Breaking the Nutcracker


“It’s not just the promise of a starring role and spotlight dance that draws Campagna to performing, but also, as he puts it, the chance to ‘act, be active, and tell stories.'”

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Local12: Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Aronoff Center


“I think, for us especially, it is a highlight in our career–for all of us. So for me to have that opportunity to go was absolutely a dream come true. In fact, I cried on stage; it was so awesome.”

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WLWT: Boy with Down syndrome takes stage in this year’s Nutcracker


After four years in the program, Jack has earned a spot in this season’s performance of The Nutcracker. He is the first child with Down syndrome to perform on stage with the Cincinnati Ballet.

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CincinnatiParent.com: ‘This Cincinnati Ballet show is pure magic’


The Nutcracker is the perfect opportunity to introduce even your youngest children to performance art, as the colorful costumes, captivating music and family-centered environment are sure to grab and keep their attention.

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Cincinnati.com: Nutcracker a perfect fit for Aronoff Center


“entertaining, well-danced, filled with surprises and more than a little showmanship.”

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Cincinnati Refined: 5 Cincy Ballet Dancers On What The Nutcracker Means To Them


“It’s a joyful tradition that we are able to share with our audiences. I love knowing that we bring magic, laughter and wonderful memories for the kids and their families!”

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Nutcracker Takes the Stage

Catch a glimpse of The Nutcracker, taking the Aronoff Center stage December 9-18!

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