Melissa joined Cincinnati Ballet as a New Dancer in the 2014-2015 Season and in February was promoted to Corps de Ballet. Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist for the 2017-2018 Season and Principal for the 2018-2019 Season.
What’s your favorite role you’ve ever danced?
My absolute favorite role that I have had the opportunity to dance would have to be Juliet. I fell in love with her character, with the incredible challenges that I faced technically, artistically and emotionally. Truly an unforgettable experience that changed who I am as a dancer.
What do you eat for breakfast?
I am a huge smoothie person! I love to have a smoothie in the morning. I usually jam pack it with plant based protein, frozen cherries and bananas, oat milk, maca powder, Vital Proteins collagen peptides, spinach and hemp seeds…..the list goes on! Thats my go to, plus coffee. I need to have coffee in the morning!!
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
I really don’t think I am particularly bothered by any certain habits.
What are you watching right now?
I am currently rewatching The Office! It’s even more over the top and comical the second time around.
What’s your favorite bar/restaurant in Cincinnati?
Favorite restaurant…..that’s a hard one there’s so many good restaurants. I honestly can’t pick one so my top few would have to be Ché, Nada, Harvest Pizzeria, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, Abigail Street and Bauer Farm Kitchen!
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
I know it’s an impossibility now that technology is exploding but letter writing is a ‘trend’ that I would love to have back. I think it’s exciting to get a letter from someone in the mail. To know someone took the time to hand write a note. It somehow seems a lot more special 🙂
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