Abbey Gonzalez Kay

Corps de Ballet | Ft. Lauderdale, FL | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Abbey Gonzalez Kay began her ballet training at the International Ballet Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. There she completed the Royal Academy of Dance examinations, receiving “Distinction” on all three levels (Intermediate, Advanced I, Advanced II). This qualified her to participated in the 2011 Royal Academy of Dance Geneé where she competed as a semi-finalist in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2012, Kat joined the Sarasota Ballet as an Apprentice, was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2013 and danced through the 2016-2017 Season. While a member of the Sarasota Ballet, Kay toured to Washington, D.C. to perform in the 2013 “Ballet Across America” and New York City for the 2014 “Fall for Dance.” Some of her favorite performances with the Sarasota Ballet include George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, Who Cares, Four Temperaments, and Jewels, Rudolf Nureyev’s Raymonda Act II, and Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden and Continuo. Kay joined the Ballet as an Apprentice for the 2017-2018 Season. During that season she had the opportunity to perform Travis Wall’s Then…Now, Victoria Morgan’s Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Rubies, Nicolo Fonte’s Carmina Burana, Garrett Smith’s Facades, and Justin Peck’s Murder Ballades. Kay was promoted to New Dancer for the 2018-2019 Season. Kay returns to Cincinnati Ballet for the 2019-2020 Season as a member of the Corps de Ballet.

“Some of my favorite performances from the 2018-2019 Season include Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty, Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring and Firebird, and Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze

Sponsors: Nydia C. Tranter

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.”

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Photography: Peter Mueller

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