Christopher Lingner

Indianapolis, IN | Corps de Ballet | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2013

Chris Lingner began his career joining the 2009 National Tour of Twyla Tharp’s Moving Out, dancing the principal roles of Eddie and James, making him one of the youngest performers to ever dance these roles. Lingner has been a featured guest artist with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis School of Ballet and in the Young Stars of Ballet Gala, presented by Indianapolis City Ballet. In 2012, Sonya Tayeh created a new work on him for an NFL Super Bowl-sponsored benefit. Lingner has attended summer workshops at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nederlands Dans Theatre. Linger studied ballet in the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. Lingner joined Cincinnati Ballet in the 13-14 50th Anniversary Season in the Corps de Ballet. He choreographed a world premiere piece for the 2015 Inaugural Choreography Workshop entitled Love Dream.

Sponsors: Trish & Rick Bryan and Friend of Cincinnati Ballet

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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