Meet the Cincinnati Ballet Company

Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has brought incredible dancers to stages in our city and around the world. Allow us to introduce you to our company of talented dancers before you join us to enjoy their artistry during our 2021-2022 Season.


Melissa Gelfin De-Poli

Gelfin began her ballet training with Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy. Gelfin joined Cincinnati Ballet as New Dancer for the 2014 and in February was promoted to Corps de Ballet. Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2017, and Principal in 2018.

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Sirui Liu

Liu attended the Dance College of Shanghai Theater Academy before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2011. She was promoted to Soloist for the 2015-2016 Season and to Principal in for the 2017-2018 Season. Liu was named one of the Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2017 by Dance Magazine.

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Rafael Quenedit Castro

Rafael Quenedit Castro comes to Cincinnati from the National Ballet of Cuba, where he quickly ascended to the role of principal dancer.

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First Soloists

Minori Sakita

Maizyalet Velázquez

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David Morse

Marcus Romeo

Joshua Stayton

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Corps de Ballet

Daniel Baldwin

Taylor Carrasco

Gabrielle Collins

Jacqueline Damico Amador

Luca De-Poli

Abbey Gonzalez Kay

Matthew Griffin

Samantha Griffin

Christina LaForgia Morse

Michael Mengden

Jace Pauly

Chandler Proctor

Samantha Riester

Bella Ureta

Daniel Wagner

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New Dancers

Nikita Boris

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Catherine Lasak

Jhaelin McQuay

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Want to be a Cincinnati Ballet dancer?

Once a year Cincinnati Ballet holds an audition tour around the United States to find the best new talent for company contracts.

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