January 19th, 2023
Salomé Tregre began training at Cincinnati Ballet Academy at the age of 3. She performed in numerous productions such as Coppélia, King Arthur’s Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, and Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker. In 2017 Salomé was the first African-American to dance the role of Clara in Cincinnati Ballet’s 50-year history of The Nutcracker.
Salomé is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Blanche Frisch Maier Memorial Scholarship, 2020 Cincinnati Overture Awards semifinalist, and 2020 YAGP – Pittsburgh Third Place Award recipient for her Gisellevariation. She attended summer intensives at Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and in 2022 with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s pre-professional summer intensive and the San Francisco Ballet School’s advanced summer intensive programs. Salomé joined Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division on partial scholarship for the 2021-22 season, while completing her senior year at Walnut Hills.
She was promoted to Trainee on full scholarship for the 2022-23 Season. Salomé’s most notable moments as a Trainee include performing in Cinderella, Snow White, Bolero during Cincinnati Ballet’s Bold Moves Festival, as the Sugar Plum Fairy during the Happy Holidays With The Mighty Wurlitzer event, and in the Snowflake and Flower Corps during The Nutcracker. Salomé joined the Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company in January 2023.
Hi Salomé, how are you?
Hi! I am absolutely spectacular!
How’s rehearsals for Alice? Are you excited?
It’s going great! I’m so excited for Alice (in wonderland)! Everything about it is just incredible, especially the costumes and bright colors; and the music’s incredible as well.
That’s wonderful! Can you share us what roles you’re doing for this show?
Yeah, so I am doing the Cards and the Flamingos.
Love the flamingos! They’re the cutest! Also, congratulations, by the way! CB2! How are you feeling?
Thank you! I’m just filled with every emotion there is. I guess, shocked, excited, happy, and thankful. Really, I’m just so ready to dig in and work.
I know you’ve been with the company for a while. You started dancing with the Academy since you were a kid – how old were you again when you started?
Yeah, I started with the Academy at the age of 3.
Wow! That’s amazing! It’s a big deal that you came from PTD to now Second Company. How has your journey been like?
Haha thank you! And yes, I didn’t think it was possible to be promoted so early in the year. Coming from PTD, It’s been a lot of hard work and love – but it’s so worth it.
Being a role model to a lot of younger ballet dancers, especially to the kids in the Academy hoping to follow your footsteps one day, what’s your advice to them?
My advice would be…if you really want something, it’s worth sticking to it when it gets hard. Everything takes time.