Chelsea Thronson

CB2 | Spokane, WA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Chelsea Thronson is from Spokane, WA. She trained privately under the direction of Brooke Nicholson, Ceci Klein, and Sandra Olgard. She was a semi-finalist in the Prix de Lausanne and placed 2nd at the YAGP semi-finals in 2015 and 2016 before she joined the PNB Professional Division program in 2016. While at PNB she danced in company productions of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and The Nutcracker, and Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake. In PNB School productions she danced highlighted roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Scenes de Ballet, Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare, Bruce Wells’ Snow White, and George Balanchine’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. While at PNB, she had the opportunity to dance on exchange at the Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Swan Lake as a guest apprentice and at the Paris Opera Ballet School. Chelsea has also originated featured roles in works by Kyle Davis, Nancy Casciano, and Christopher D’Ariano in PNB’s Next Step program.


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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