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Cincinnati Ballet is Pleased to Announce New Members of the Board of Trustees

Cincinnati, OH (September 17, 2021) – Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the following five additions to the Board of Trustees for the 2021-2022 Season.

CB_Rico GrantRico Grant is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Paloozanoire, creator of Gallery at Gumbo, Executive Director of SoCap Accelerate based out of Northern Kentucky University, the architect behind Black and Brown Faces art exhibition (previously on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum), and the new regionally-focused rewards program – 17 Under Seventeen. Grant serves on the Board of Directors of Findlay Market, OTR Chamber, Elements, and now Cincinnati Ballet. He also advises several startups and foundations around the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. As a proud native of Cincinnati, he states that he will never leave the city because ‘opportunity is here.’ Believing that Cincinnati is under a creative renaissance, he brings his talents to our organization. His mission is to continue to bring ballet and the arts community to the youth of our city through intentional inclusion.

CB_Bruce JeffreyBruce W. Jeffery is the Vice President of Community Action and Executive Director of Cradle to Career Cincinnati and joins the Cincinnati Ballet this year as a board member. Bruce has been a champion for youth his entire career from impacting lives with the Boys & Girls Club for more than a decade to the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Bruce has held multiple leadership roles, all while ensuring that the community rallies and advocates heavily for the young people of the communities he resides in. Although he spent most of his life in athletics, he sees how dance can bring both worlds together, art and athletics, to affect the communities in a positive way. The Arts are an important part of his life, and Jeffery believes that it empowers youth in the community to grow and develop. With his help, and the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, Jeffery sees an opportunity to significantly impact the youth of our community. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Millikin University. In his free time, Bruce enjoys CrossFit, cheering on his favorite football team, and vacationing with his wife, Brittney, and their two dogs.

CB_Jack MinerJack Miner is Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Cincinnati. Under Jack’s leadership, University of Cincinnati has seen record enrollment growth and a continued commitment to diversity and improving student experiences. Jack is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University where he was one of only two people in the university’s 150-year history to receive the Outstanding Senior, Distinguished Alumni, and Distinguished Staff Award. In 2013, Ohio State launch of the Jack Miner Scholarship for Transgender Students in his honor. This scholarship, the first of its kind in the nation, was in recognition of Jack’s work in advocacy for that community on a local and national level. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Ballet, Jack serves as Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, Ohio and as Past-President of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, in Washington, D.C. During the Obama administration, Jack served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education on gender and gender identity. Jack has consulted with state education systems and hundreds of colleges and universities on college access for underrepresented students, gender and gender identity, college affordability, accreditation, records management, recruitment and retention, and management of intercollegiate athletics.

CB_Toilynn O'NealToilynn O’Neal doesn’t remember a time when art and activism were not a part of her life. From her earliest memories to her work today, her very existence has been defined and shaped by standing up and speaking with the creative voice inside her. Toilynn grew up with her well-respected and well-known artist activist father, Robert O’Neal. She remembers his struggles to change the community and speak through his art. Her father and mother were both strong influences on her life. Inspiring her to have an appreciation for both arts and sciences, she studied both in college. Her unique background allows both her creative side and her analytical side to worth together with government officials, artists, and community leaders to affect change. Toilynn’s unending dedication to the city of Cincinnati drives her passion for community collaboration, diversity, and cultural education for her city. Her extensive list of current volunteer positions includes membership on the board of the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Museum Center African Cultural Fest Committee, African American Chamber of Commerce, Walnut Hills Area Council, Nrityarpana School of Performing Arts, and on committees for the Freedom Center Martin Luther King Breakfast, University of Cincinnati Diversity Officer Roundtable, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati School, Mayor’s Commission of Gender Equality, National African American Museum Association, and Freedom Center / Youth Conference Planning Committee. Currently, Toilynn is the Executive Director of Queen City Foundation, a non-profit organization whose vision is to provide educational opportunities to minority students through independent college preparatory schools. In addition, her latest venture is to secure a permanent location for the Robert O’Neal Multicultural Arts Center (ROMAC) in honor of her late father. As Founding Director of ROMAC,
Toilynn works to celebrate, advance, and preserve African American culture and achievement through the arts, history, and education, while also uplifting the rich diversity of artists and cultures of Greater Cincinnati. Her direct, hands-on efforts have helped numerous organizations throughout the city. She was in the forefront of diversity, equity, and inclusion before it was part of our popular vernacular. She sees art as a change agent that heals communities by allowing them to express their emotions and struggles. She is rare treasure in Cincinnati: an artist, an activist, and an educator. Every day, in hundreds of ways, Toilynn O’Neal lives her own mission of promoting diversity through the arts. And every day, in hundreds of minds and hearts, she is heard.

CB_Alandes PowellAlandes Powell, Vice President and Business Controls Director at Fifth Third Bank, has worked in the banking and financial services industry for nearly 30 years. Powell was recently named a UC Health 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Special Recognition Award honoree for her leadership in the creation of Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural. She was also named one of the 32 power brokers in the Midwest by Madison 365 and Mayerson Academy Strengths Hero Award. She was recognized, in part, for her service as board chair of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio and as a past board member for the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s Center. She is the cofounder of Black Art Speaks, a non-profit arts collective in Cincinnati, Ohio, and co-author of two books. Powell and her husband Gordon are the proud parents of Damonte, a Cincinnati firefighter, Kendra, a small business owner, and Julian, a recent graduate of Ohio Media School. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and helping others reach their potential. Her favorite ballet is Moulin Rouge and she looks forward to another great season at Cincinnati Ballet.

CB_new logoAbout Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance through exhilarating performances, extensive community and education programs and top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:
Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season presented by PNC
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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Cincinnati Ballet to Celebrate the Opening of the New Center for Dance in Walnut Hills

CB_Ground levelRibbon Cutting Ceremony, Formal Gala, Academy Open House, and Community Block Party among events September 13-19

Cincinnati, OH (September 7, 2021) – Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce Grand Opening festivities for the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills. A slate of both public and private events sponsored by PNC will commemorate this historic occasion for the organization and the region. “This is truly a moment in time that’s been decades in the making,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President and CEO. “We are honored by the tremendous support of our donors, patrons, and the community in helping this spectacular building become a reality.”

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley will join community leaders and distinguished guests for the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony on Wednesday, September 15 from 10:30 am to noon at the Center’s main entrance. Guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind celebration as ballerinas and dancers to officially open the building with a special, ‘cool spark’ fireworks display. On Friday, September 17 from 4 to 8 pm, the public is invited to a free Community Block Party to celebrate Cincinnati Ballet’s new neighborhood of Walnut Hills. The family-friendly, outdoor event will include free dance performances, tours, food trucks, crafts for the kids provided by Cincinnati Art Museum, and live music from Cincinnati Music Accelerator, all on the Center’s beautiful Community Terrace and Performance Plaza. On Sunday, September 19 from noon to 5 pm, the public can sample a class during the Academy Open House. The free, family-friendly event will offer dance lovers of all ages an opportunity to explore all the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy has to offer. In addition to sample classes, guests will enjoy pop-up performances, food, live music, crafts, and more. “We have been dreaming of this moment for so long,” said Victoria Morgan, who is in her 25th and final season as Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director. “We can’t wait to welcome the community to our new, amazing home and have everyone experience firsthand the beauty and power of dance.” (SEE BELOW FOR COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS)

The Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance features nine studios in 57-thousand square-feet of space, as well as an outdoor Community Terrace and Performance Plaza adjacent to Johnston Park, a Rooftop Terrace, and stunning views of Downtown Cincinnati from the premier studio. The expansive space is also home to the Ballet’s expanded education and community engagement programming. For the first time in Cincinnati Ballet history, the organization owns its own building at 1801 Gilbert Avenue. Located at the foot of Eden Park, the new Center for Dance also anchors the Walnut Hills Arts Corridor. Cincinnati Ballet will continue to perform its mainstage productions at Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

The organization began construction on the facility in March of 2020 and successfully completed and exceeded its $30.8 million dollar capital campaign to fund the state-of-the-art facility in Walnut Hills. Longtime Cincinnati Ballet patrons and supporters Margaret and Michael Valentine were the first to support the project, committing $10 million dollars, the largest one-time gift in Cincinnati Ballet history, to name and memorialize the Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. On Monday, September 13, a portrait of the Valentines by artist Carl J. Samson will be unveiled in the lobby, where it will permanently be installed. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project,” Margaret Valentine said. “Cincinnati is fortunate to have such a thriving arts sector, and I think it’s important for members of our community to give back. I understand the importance of demonstrating leadership for projects that benefit the city and the new Valentine Center for Dance will provide many cultural and educational opportunities to the region.” Cincinnati Ballet is also grateful for a $3 million gift from Rhonda Sheakley and her husband Larry A. Sheakley. As a permanent commemoration of the Sheakley family’s generosity, the largest Company studio was named the Rhonda and Larry A. Sheakley Premier Studio. That gift was followed by significant gifts from Otto M. Budig, Sue and Bill Friedlander, Lynn and Brian Good, and Marty and Nick Ragland. Move With Us. A Campaign for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Home was co-chaired by Rhonda Sheakley and fellow Emeritus Trustee Larry Kellar.

“The new building is already a stunning and iconic landmark,” said Morgan. “With large windows in every studio, light pours into every space.” Morgan said dancers are already rehearsing in the Center’s studios for the first production of the 2021-2022 Season, Kaplan New Works in the Park. “This incredible space is truly inspirational for our dancers.” The highly visible, iconic building was designed by GBBN Architects and built by Messer Construction. The new facility will also support expanded dance classes in the Otto M. Budig Academy, and a deeper commitment to community offerings such as CB Moves, created in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s. New CB Moves offerings will also provide the opportunity for students who traditionally use mobility devices to participate in a supportive environment employing an innovative, double track harness system or utilizing their devices. Cincinnati Ballet is the first ballet company in the country to install this specialized track system that will allow students with unique abilities to partner, stand at the barre, and move across the floor.

Grand Opening Events
Valentine Portrait Unveiling (INVITATION ONLY, CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)

  • Monday, September 13
  • 5 – 6 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Center for Dance Main Entrance

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony (MEDIA WELCOME, CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC)

  • Wednesday, September 15
  • 10 am to noon
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Center for Dance Main Entrance
  • Follow signs for media parking and staging

Walnut Hills Community Block Party (MEDIA AND COMMUNITY WELCOME)

  • Friday, September 17
  • 4 to 8 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue – Community Terrace and Performance Plaza
  • Follow signs for parking

Formal Gala, Seated Dinner, and Promenade (INVITATION ONLY, CLOSED TO THE MEDIA)

  • Saturday, September 18
  • 5 to 11 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue

Otto M. Budig Academy Open House (MEDIA AND COMMUNITY WELCOME)

  • Sunday, September 19
  • Noon to 5 pm
  • Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance
  • 1801 Gilbert Avenue
  • Follow signs for parking

*Masks will be required for all indoor events, regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status. Please check cballet.org for the most up-to-date health and safety protocols.

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2021-2022 Season Sponsors:

Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season presented by PNC

Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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KAPLAN NEW WORKS IN THE PARK Runs Sept. 23-26

CB_Kaplan New Works 2021KAPLAN NEW WORKS IN THE PARK
Cincinnati Ballet
Sept. 23-26
Seasongood Pavilion [Eden Park]

Choreography by Jennifer Archibald

We open with The Kaplan New Works Series with a new twist — outdoors at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. Kaplan New Works in the Park will be a ‘breath of fresh air,’ featuring groundbreaking choreography in a welcoming community space. This ambitious program will include world premieres from DANCEFIX phenom Heather Britt and three company dancers, Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Daniel Baldwin, and Taylor Carrasco, as well as the return of Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s Sit. Thanks to strong sponsorship, this program will be free to the community, but guests are encouraged contribute what they wish.

9/14/21 Covid-19 Policy
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Thu-Fri, Sept. 23-24 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sept. 25 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Sept. 26 at 1pm & 6:30pm

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For the First Time Since the Pandemic, Dancers Will Perform for Live Theater Audiences

CB_Bold Moves Plus logoCincinnati Ballet returns to the Aronoff Center with BOLD MOVES PLUS, June 16-20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Cincinnati, OH, June 9, 2021) – Cincinnati Ballet dancers will perform in the theater for live audiences with BOLD MOVES PLUS at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, June 16-20. While Cincinnati Ballet staged both digital and in-person, outdoor productions during the 2020-2021, BOLD MOVES PLUS marks the first time back in a traditional venue setting since the pandemic began. Audiences will experience the Cincinnati premieres of three works by dynamic female choreographers: Heather Britt with Until Tomorrow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Limoncello, Stephanie Martinez’s Kiss, as well as Silhouettes choreographed by Mark Morris. “It is truly a thrill to end the 20-21 Season on such a high note,” said Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. “After more than a year of adapting to pandemic restrictions on live performances, our dancers are able to fully perform for audiences with no masks. It will be such a magical feeling to be back in the theater and hear the applause of the audience once again.” The Company last performed for live, theater audiences at Cincinnati Music Hall with Swan Lake in February 2020, more than 18 months ago. Company dancers are fully vaccinated and can perform without masks. This will be the first time performing without face coverings in an indoor setting. Dancers previously performed without masks for Ballet in the Park at Seasongood Pavilion at Eden Park last month.

While dancers will be unmasked, audiences are encouraged to wear face coverings while seated in the auditorium. To maintain social distancing, capacity is limited to 800 patrons per performance. Guests will be seated with three feet between parties on the Orchestra Level of Procter & Gamble Hall. Six feet social distancing between parties on the Loge Level. Cincinnati Ballet worked closely for months with health and safety experts and arts partners to create evolving protocols for theater performance. Many of the guidelines followed echo Cincinnati Ballet’s ongoing health and safety protocols outlined below. Additionally, the following guidelines will be strictly enforced for all employees, dancers, vendors, and patrons during the production at Aronoff Center. Face masks are requested of all guests upon entry and while moving around the lobby. Guests should bring their own masks and wear them as they enter the building. Concessions will be open during intermission. Bar Service will be available in the lobby starting one hour prior to the performance start time and during intermission. We encourage patrons to consume their beverages while seated in their seats for the performance.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit cballet.org.

WHO:    Cincinnati Ballet
WHAT:    BOLD MOVES PLUS
WHEN:

  • Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, June 18 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, June 19 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, June 19 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, June 20 at 1 pm
  • Sunday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Aronoff Center for the Arts
650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit cballet.org

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About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level, professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Cincinnati Ballet 2020-2021 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Frisch’s, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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Artistic Director Victoria Morgan to Step Down After 21-22 Season at Cincinnati Ballet

CB_Victoria MorganCompany to celebrate her 25th Anniversary Season will ambitious and nostalgic programming

(Cincinnati, OH, May 262021) — After 25 years of leadership, Victoria Morgan announced today she will step down as Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 Season. Next season will also mark her 25th Anniversary Season, generously presented by PNC. “It will be a poignant season for me, as it will also be my last year as Artistic Director of this beloved Company,” Morgan said. “I have deep gratitude for how the Cincinnati community has steadfastly supported Cincinnati Ballet through these many years. I am so proud of this organization and the work we have accomplished and continue to build upon – elevating our artistry, growing a healthy endowment, championing female choreographers, and the imminent opening of the new Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. I will cherish being with you next season, as I have done so many seasons before. Nothing will give me greater joy than raising the curtain on this remarkable season together one last time for my grand finale.” Cincinnati Ballet’s Board of Trustees has formed a committee to conduct a national search for a suitable replacement. The transition of leadership will take place at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 Season. “On behalf of the board, dancers, and staff, I want to thank Victoria for her tireless commitment to Cincinnati Ballet,” said Scott Altman, Cincinnati Ballet President + CEO. “We look forward to making many more cherished memories with her this upcoming season as we celebrate her incredible achievement.”

Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season will open with free performances of The Kaplan New Works Series in a community setting at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, September 23-26, 2021. Kaplan New Works in the Park will feature groundbreaking choreography in a welcoming, outdoor space. This ambitious program will include four world premieres created by DANCEFIX founder and Cincinnati choreographer Heather Britt and three company dancers — Melissa Gelfin De-Poli, Daniel Baldwin, and Taylor Carrasco – as well as the return of Resident Choreographer Jennifer Archibald’s popular work, Sit. Celebrations for Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary will continue with the return of her King Arthur’s Camelot to Cincinnati Music Hall, November 5-7, 2021. Travel once again to the Land of Sweets with family favorite, The Nutcracker, at Music Hall, December 16-26, 2021. Dreams come true in February with Victoria Morgan’s Cinderella at Cincinnati Music Hall, February 17-27, 2022. In the Spring, enjoy our Family Series: Snow White. The hour-long, narrated production is the perfect introduction to ballet for dance lovers of all ages at the Aronoff Center, April 7-10, 2022. The 2021-2022 Season will conclude with the launch of something
completely new – the Company’s first-ever Bold Moves Festival at the Aronoff Center, May 12-22, 2022. The immersive dance experience will feature six rotating mainstage productions accompanied by a variety of activities and interactive events that will educate and inspire discerning dance-lovers and families alike. Guest companies including Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Dancing Wheels will also be featured during the production. Bold Moves Festival will bring back a community favorite, Ohad Naharin’s seminal work Minus 16, along with a world premiere, Our Story, from Company soloist David Morse. Continuing our commitment to female choreographers, the program will feature the regional premieres of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom and Helen Pickett’s Petal, the return of Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs and Morgan’s Boléro.

The 2021-2022 Season marks Victoria Morgan’s 25th Season as Cincinnati Ballet’s Artistic Director. Morgan took on the additional role of executive leader in 2008, serving as both the Artistic Director and CEO. Under her leadership, after years of growing deficits, the company stabilized their finances, built a healthy and sizeable endowment fund, created an operating reserve, and presented several million-dollar capital projects. During this time, the Company also expanded the Otto M. Budig Academy, as well as education and community
engagement programming. In 2017 with the arrival of Scott Altman as President +CEO, Morgan transitioned to full-time Artistic Director, giving her the opportunity to focus exclusively on artistic excellence. Morgan’s artistic contributions to Cincinnati Ballet are myriad. During her tenure, she has choreographed numerous one-act and full-length ballets, including world premieres of King Arthur’s Camelot, the new Nutcracker, and her revised choreography for Cinderella. With her deep roots in the Cincinnati community, Morgan was instrumental in fundraising efforts to secure support for the new 57,000-square-foot Cincinnati Ballet Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in Walnut Hills. While construction was underway for the new Dance Center, 2020 challenged Morgan’s artistic leadership in unprecedented ways. She responded to the global pandemic in a creative and science-based way, working closely the Company’s artistic and administrative teams to safely present one of the nation’s first ballet performances to an in-person audience following the shutdown. Ballet in the Park was staged at the Procter & Gamble Pavilion in September 2020 and was lauded by The National Endowment for the Arts for its innovation. Prior to joining Cincinnati Ballet, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She has and continues to serve on numerous boards including Dance USA, Dance Magazine, the NEA evaluation panel, and was a judge for several International Ballet Competitions. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A. from University of Utah and was honored as a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement in 2009.

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About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet has become a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world premiere works and exploring unique collaborations with artists as diverse as Grammy winning guitarist Peter Frampton and popular, Ohio-based band Over the Rhine. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.

Victoria Morgan’s 25th Anniversary Season is proudly presented by PNC.

Cincinnati Ballet 2021-2022 Season Sponsors: Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

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