Abigail Morwood’s path to ballet was anything but conventional. “I got my first contract when I was 15,” she says. With her parents’ support, Morwood left formal high school to dance full-time with Montgomery Ballet, earning her diploma in the evenings after rehearsal. “I had only been dancing five years, but I studied YouTube videos and books about ballet technique like a crazy person all day, every day. I had to learn somehow.” Morwood’s experiences with Montgomery Ballet gave her experience and confidence that she says make her a stronger dancer. Morwood joined the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company in 2009 and worked her way up to Soloist for the 15-16 Season. She participated in an international ballet competition in Beijing China in July, 2015, along with other top dancers from around the world.
John David Back shares his unique (and hilarious) perspective on experiencing Cincinnati Ballet for the first time. This article contains some strong language.