It is one of the most iconic roles in all of classical ballet — Odette/Odile or White/Black Swan from Swan Lake. The role requires both technical mastery and emotional range. These two personalities are the polar opposites of good and evil. Principal Dancers Sirui Liu and Melissa Gelfin sat down to talk about what it’s […]
Watch as Principal Dancer Melissa Gelfin dances the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation from The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, 2017, Choreography: Victoria Morgan.
Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancer, Melissa Gelfin, joined Cincinnati Ballet as a new dancer for the 2014-2015 Season. She was promoted to Corps de Ballet, then to Senior Soloist, and ultimately to Principal Dancer. While she has danced numerous roles throughout her career, the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty is definitely one of the most demanding […]
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 […]
Principal dancer, Melissa Gelfin, is one of two Cincinnati Ballet dancers who will be portraying the role of Tinkerbell in the upcoming production of Peter Pan. She is excited to dance the role again (the first time was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2014). Here are Melissa’s thoughts about taking on this challenging role once again: […]