Bella Ureta

Corps de Ballet | Seattle, WA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Bella Ureta trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School for over 10 years beginning in 2005, spending her final two years in the professional division. Where she performed in many corps de ballet roles including Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, Jean Christophe Maillot’s Romeo et Juliet, and Crystal Pite’s Emergence. In 2016 Ureta joined Boston Ballet II, where she had the privilege to perform in Balanchine’s Haieff Divertimento, Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire, Marius Petipa’s Sleeping Beauty, and William Forsythe’s Artifact 2017. Ureta joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017.

Sponsors: Dee Shaffer

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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