Florrie Geller

New Dancer | Savannah, GA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2018

Florrie discovered her love of ballet performance at Paula Fichtenkort’s Academy of Dance in Savannah, Georgia. At ten, she moved to Carlisle, PA to train with legendary Marcia Dale Weary and the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Florrie continued her ballet education at Next Generation Ballet with Peter Stark, Ivonne Lemus, and Philip Neal. She won gold at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals and placed in the “Top 12” at the YAGP New York City Finals, where she was selected by Gillian Murphy and Susan Jaffe to receive the first Gillian Murphy Endowed Scholarship to UNCSA. Florrie performed Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role of Giselle in Next Generation Ballet’s full-length productions. She has appeared in galas including YAGP’S “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow.”

Florrie studied with Tina LeBlanc and Sofiane Sylve at San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship and received merit scholarships to summer intensives at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, as well as the E. John Busser Scholarship. Since joining Cincinnati Ballet in 2018, Florrie has danced in works by renowned choreographers Myles Thatcher, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan, and Adam Hougland. Florrie performed Princess Florine in Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty, and appeared in Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze. Florrie has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and Premier Dance Network’s Becoming Ballet podcasts. Florrie was selected to compete at the 2019 Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.

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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