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Meet CB Monday

 Jefferson Payne  grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He started training at the age of four with Boston Ballet School. Mr. Payne danced with The Minnesota Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet, and most recently was a Guest Artist working closely with coach Magaly Suarez. We are excited to have him here at Cincinnati Ballet! Have you ever […]

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Meet CB Monday

David joined Cincinnati Ballet in the 2016-2017 Season and was promoted to Soloist for the 2017-2018 Season. In addition to being a professional dancer, David is also an accomplished pianist. What’s your favorite role you’ve ever danced? Hands down, the principal man in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. I’ve never felt more powerful on […]

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Meet CB Monday: Melissa Gelfin

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 […]

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Meet CB Monday

James Cunningham joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company as a Trainee in 2008. After graduating from CCM magna cum laude in 2010, he joined the Cincinnati Ballet company as an Apprentice and worked his way up to Soloist by 2016. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing since I was 11 […]

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Meet CB Monday

Bella Ureta joined the Cincinnati Ballet corps de ballet in the 2017 season. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing for 14 years. I started dancing when I was selected to join Pacific Northwest Ballet’s school through their outreach program, ‘Dance Chance’. I loved being part of […]

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Meet CB Monday: Sirui Liu

Sirui joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in the 2017-2018 Season. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Rose. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing for 24 years.😳 I have always had […]

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Meet CB Monday: Samantha Griffin

Samantha joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose, Flower, Spanish, and Snowflake. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I was around 4 years old when I started dancing. My mom actually put me into a bunch of different sports when […]

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Meet CB Monday: Serena Helene Hanavan

Serena joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose and Snow Queen. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? Believe it or not, I was very shy when I was young, so when I was 3 years old my mom put me […]

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Meet CB Monday

Christian Renforth joined the Cincinnati Ballet corps de ballet in 2017. This year in The Nutcracker, he will be playing the roles of Mouse King, Spanish, and parlor guest, and for the first time he is learning the role of Snow King. How long have you been dancing? Long before I even remember. Three I […]

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