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Nikita Boris

Apprentice | River Edge, New Jersey | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2020

Nikita Boris was born in River Edge, New Jersey. She began her ballet training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet, and Petrov Ballet School. Nikita continued her studies at the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York. In 2016, she had the opportunity to attend the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. She participated in the Vaganova Prix, received the Artistry Award, and performed in the winner’s gala at the Mariinsky Theatre. Throughout her years in school, Boris traveled internationally for competitions. She has been awarded gold and silver medals, as well as the Grand Prix at Concorso di Danza Internazionale “Citta di Spoleto” Italy in 2016, and at VKIBC in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2017. Nikita has danced as a guest artist at the Ecuador Dance Congress in Quito, the Tanzolymp Anniversary Dance Gala in Berlin, the Ballet Beyond Borders Gala in Los Angeles, and the 23rd International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga. Nikita joined Boston Ballet II in 2018, where she performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Mikko Nissinen, Bruce Wood, and Samuel Kirkjian. She spent the 2019-2020 Season with New York Dance Project, where she performed as a soloist in the revival of Alberto Alonso’s “Carmen Suite”, and in works by Janice Rosario, Tyler Gilstrap, and Davis Robertson. She is thrilled to be joining Cincinnati Ballet for the upcoming season.    

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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