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Christian Renforth

Corps de Ballet | Richmond, VA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Christian Renforth trained with Richmond Ballet and attended summer sessions around the country on scholarship. Christian continued his studies and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, cum laude, from Butler University. Following his graduation, he joined Grand Rapids Ballet, under the direction of Patricia Barker, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, Christian danced for three seasons performing many featured roles before joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2017. Renforth has performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. He has also been involved in creations by Penny Saunders, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Val Caniparoli, and more.

“Outside the studio, I spend my time honing my gluten free culinary skills, discovering coffee roasteries, learning about historical architecture, and traveling the country.”

Sponsor: Christopher Daniels

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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