Meet the Staff: Ramsey Houston

January 16, 2019

One of Cincinnati Ballet’s newest employees, Ramsey Houston, is the Executive Assistant to The Sue and Bill Friedlander Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan. Read on to get to know Ramsey, and learn a little about her life, family, and passions…including dance.

Development Newsletter_Jan 3What is your role at Cincinnati Ballet?

I’m the new Executive Assistant to The Sue and Bill Friedlander Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan.

Where were you born, and how long have you lived in Cincinnati?

I was born right here in Cincinnati and have lived here my entire life.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I am what we call a “Survivor” of The School for Creative and Performing Arts, attending from grade 4-12. I then continued my education at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as a Ballet Major.

We know that you were a dancer. Where and why did you get into dance?

I started dancing a little late for ballet, as I was 12 years old. Before then, I was in an orchestra and played the cello for about five years. I loved classical music and loved the instrument, but my passion and dedication just were not there. I remember being in the library at The School for Creative and Performing Arts reading a book about ballet and it was love at first sight. The rest is history, and I never looked back. I then trained and majored in ballet at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, while also attending multiple summer intensives at places like Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet. I then continued my education at CCM.

Tell us about your family. Are they arts (and dance) lovers, too?

Both of my parents were artistic growing up, so I am forever grateful for their influence. Both attended visual arts schools in New York City. My father had a career as a photography stylist, and my mother is a graphic designer and a Graduate of DAAP. I am the first member of my family to dance, but hopefully not the last!

Do you have brothers and sisters…and, if so, what do they do?

I wish I did! I am an only child.

What previous jobs have you held?

Other than dancing and teaching dance, I have a background in logistics as an account auditor and supported several top-level executives.   I am beyond excited to be working for an arts organization and being back with a ballet family. It truly feels like home!

What type of music do you most like to dance to? Do you have any favorite choreographers?

Too many to mention! To me, as a classically trained dancer, ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake will always have my heart. They are the most challenging part of your career because you cannot fake perfect technique and the choreography showcases that.

Do you have any favorite choreographers?

Balanchine, of course, is at the top of the list. That being said, the more contemporary works from choreographers like William Forsyth and Maurice Bejart are really exciting to watch and dance, as well. There are so many incredible new choreographers emerging right now in the art form. Here at Cincinnati Ballet, we have some unbelievable choreographic talent right under our roof!

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to spend lots of time with friends and family. Also, of course, I spend lots of quality time with my French Bulldog, Bowie.

Where have you never been that you’re dying to visit…and why?

There are so many places to visit on my bucket list, but Italy would have to be number one!

What are your dreams for Cincinnati in the years ahead?

My dream is for Cincinnati Ballet to continue to make a lasting impact on our community. And not just expanding our audiences, but through our academy, our outstanding educational outreach programs and beyond.  Even if our students do not pursue professional dance careers, there is so much you can learn from being exposed to a classical arts education. It teaches you discipline, confidence and an appreciation for our history.  We live in a city with world-class performing arts, and I would love to see more and more people take advantage of that.

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