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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.

Professional History

  • Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory of New York (2011-2018)
  • Vaganova Ballet Academy (2016)
  • Boston Ballet II (2018-2019)
  • New York Dance Project (2019-2020)
  • Cincinnati Ballet (2020)

Favorite Roles

  • Bolero Soloist in Alberto Alonso’s “Carmen Suite”
  • Pink in Gerald Arpino’s “Confetti”
  • Romance pas de deux in Samuel Kirkjian’s “Rachmaninoff Suite”
  • Bruce Wood’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”

Competitions & Awards

  • Concorso Internazionale di Danza “citta di Spoleto” – Grand Prix (2016)
  • Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition – Grand Prix (Russia, 2017), Gold Medal (NYC, 2018)
  • Yury Grigorovich “Young Ballet of the World” Competition Sochi – Gold Medal (2016)
  • Vaganova Prix – Artistry Award (2016)
  • South Africa International Ballet Competition – Silver Medal (2016)