Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jonathan Batista began his training at The Local School for Dance. In 2008 he was awarded a three-year full-tuition scholarship to study under Jane Hackett’s directorship at English National Ballet School. Batista was awarded first place at Danza America 2008 in Cordoba, Argentina, for his performance of Don Quixote and was a finalist at The Prix de Lausanne 2010. In 2013 he won second place at The World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. He has appeared in galas in South America and Canada. Batista guest performed for the Cia de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro, where his repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake Act II, La Bayadère and Michel Fokine’s La Sylphide. He danced for Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Boston Ballet before joining Cincinanati Ballet as a Soloist for the 15-16 Season.