Kathleen Dahlhoff

Corps de Ballet | San Francisco, CA | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2017

Kathleen Dahlhoff began her dance training at the age of five with Ballet San José Silicon Valley before venturing to the San Francisco Ballet School, where she remained on full scholarship for eight years. In 2009, at age 15, Dahlhoff began her professional career with the San Francisco Ballet company, dancing with the corps de ballet in pieces by Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokov, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins. She was selected by Tomasson to become a SFBS Trainee for the 2011-2012 season. In the summer of 2012 Dahlhoff was invited to perform at the Ballet Asteras Gala in Tokyo, where she performed a piece created by Myles Thatcher. Following her trainee year she joined Cincinnati Ballet as an Apprentice for the season before going on to explore other genres and continue her education. Dahlhoff moved to New York City to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s professional division. While there Dahlhoff performed principal and soloist roles in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, Night Creature, and Streams. She returns to Cincinnati Ballet for the 2017-2018 season after completing her bachelor’s degree and graduating cum laude from Fordham University.

Sponsors: Sue & Ben Blaney and Eddie & Theresa Hooker

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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