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The Nutcracker and Fiona at the Barre

The Nutcracker Prince has a lot of work on his hands getting Cincinnati’s favorite hippo ready for role in The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. The character, created through a partnership with Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, returns for her sophomore appearance in the holiday favorite.

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Principal Dancer Melissa Gelfin dances Sugar Plum Fairy Variation

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.

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Greetings from Kansas!

Greetings from Kansas! Before they transform into the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, we get to know Hunk, Hickory and Zeke, Dorothy’s faithful friends. Here’s a look at a recent rehearsal. Stay tuned until the end for a glimpse of Auntie Em and Uncle Henry! Come join us for The Wizard of […]

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Oh no, not the flying monkeys!

It wouldn’t be The Wizard of Oz without the Wicked Witch’s minions. Some of our dancers fly across the stage in harnesses, wearing amazing winged-monkey costumes created by designer Liz Vandal. In addition, the sea of monkeys is also thanks to puppets created by theatrical designer Nicholas Mahon. Special thanks to Kansas City Ballet and […]

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First Soloist Maizyalet Velázquez as Miss Gulch in The Wizard of Oz

BEHIND THE SCENES: It’s so good to be bad! 🌪️💚 Fierce and fabulous First Soloist Maizyalet Velázquez breathing life into ‘Miss Gulch’ for our upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. Run, Toto, run!! See her transform into the Wicked Witch of the West Oct. 25 through Nov. 3 at the Aronoff Center for the […]

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Win Tickets to The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy’s ruby red slipper pointe shoes are now on display at Cincinnati Museum Center! Take a selfie (like this little cutie) with the slippers and you could WIN four tickets to The Wizard of Oz. Post your photo to Cincinnati Ballet’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) and use the hashtag #CBApplause. The shoes […]

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The Wizard of Oz: By the Numbers

From October 25 through November 3, there’s no place like the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Experience our spectacular production of The Wizard of Oz. With projection technology, puppetry, and flying effects, it’s unlike any ballet you’ve seen before.  To execute what you see on stage also takes a village of dancers, wardrobe crew, stagehands, […]

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Video: Behind the Scenes at The Wizard of Oz Photo Shoot

We had so much fun at our photo shoot for The Wizard of Oz!  Each dancer spent time in hair and makeup before changing into their amazing character costumes. In this video, you’ll see Principal Dancer Melissa Gelfin as Dorothy, Principal Dancer Cervilio Amador as Scarecrow, and Corps de Ballet Artists Michael Mengden and Taylor […]

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The Making of Dorothy’s Ruby Red Pointe Shoes

It’s no easy feat to create Dorothy’s bejeweled, ruby red pointe shoes. It’s a painstaking process that takes many hours of intricate work by our wardrobe department. First the shoes are dyed, then each jewel is attached by hand. The final product: GORGEOUS! See the magic on stage October 25 through November 3 at the Aronoff […]

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