Sofia Saari

Columbus, OH | Trainee | Joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2015

Sofia Saari began her ballet training at the BalletMet Dance Academy at age 11. Shortly after, Saari was awarded a full merit scholarship as a pre-professional with BalletMet. She has attended summer programs on full scholarship including Orlando Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Ballet West. In 2012 Saari received the silver medal at the Youth American Grand Prix Indianapolis regional. Sofia danced with Columbus Dance Theatre from 2013-2015. In May 2015, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Otterbein University. She is excited to be a part of Cincinnati Ballet Second Company this season!

Sponsors: Robert Boremski and Vicki & Allen Calonge and Joyce Elkus

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.”

Professional History

  • Ballet Met Dance Academy: Student/ Pre-Professional
  • Columbus Dance Theatre: Apprentice
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Trainee

Favorite Roles

  • Swan Corps in Swan Lake
  • Odalisque and Medora in Le Corsaire
  • Flowers in The Nutcracker

Competitions and Awards

  • Silver Medal at YAGP Indianapolis Regional Competition (2012)
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