Zack Grubbs

Academy Principal

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Zack Grubbs began his dance training at Tuzer Ballet to supplement his education as a competitive gymnast. He continued his ballet training at the University of Utah under Attila Ficzere and trained with companies across the country including Boston Ballet, where he was a company dancer for four years. Grubbs came to Cincinnati Ballet in 2002, was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and Senior Soloist in 2008. Grubbs has also performed with opera companies across the U.S., including the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Cincinnati Opera. Throughout his performance career, Grubbs has worked with world renowned choreographers including Trey McIntyre, Rudy van Dantzig, Mauricio Wainrot, Christopher Wheeldon and Stanton Welch. Recently, Grubbs has worked as a repetiteur for Cincinnati Ballet and it’s Second Company, as well as a Main Division instructor at the Otto M. Budig Academy. In September of 2016, he retired from Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company to assume the leadership position of Academy Principal at the Otto M. Budig Academy.

“I am truly grateful to have spent the majority of mine with such a bold, receptive and dynamic company as Cincinnati Ballet, and with all of the remarkable people I’ve met along the way.”

Zack Grubbs

“I love his up-beat approach in the studio and on stage, and his determination to capture stamina and every part of the choreography. I’ve also had the pleasure of sitting across the table with him as the dancers’ union representative, marveling over his brilliant and detailed negotiation skills. ”

Victoria Morgan

Professional History

  • Boston Ballet (1998-2002)
  • Santa Fe Opera (1999)
  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis (2005)
  • Cincinnati Opera (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Corps de Ballet, Soloist, Senior Soloist (2002- Present)

Favorite Roles

  • Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet
  • Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland
  • Hoofer in Balanchine’s Slaughter on 10th Avenue
  • Clopin in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Jorma Elo’s Plan to B

Photography: Peter Mueller

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