The first official auditions for the Cincinnati Ballet were in 1963 at the YMCA, where 41 dancers were chosen from 200 hopefuls. Debut performances took place at the University of Cincinnati’s Wilson Auditorium in 1964 and 1965.

In 1966, the directorship passed on to a young visionary named David McLain, who at the time also headed the Dance Division of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM). CCM gave the new company great advantages; studio space for classes and rehearsals, access to talented students, and the use of Wilson Auditorium for performances. As the organization matured, McLain’s vision grew more ambitious. The company was re-named “Cincinnati Ballet Company” in 1968.

In 1997, Victoria Morgan was appointed Artistic Director and later, in 2008, Morgan became CEO. Also in 2008, Devon Carney, a former principal dancer with Boston Ballet, was appointed Associate Artistic Director. Morgan has honored the Cincinnati Ballet tradition of performing not only new works, but also keeping the historic repertoire alive and vibrant. In 2012, Morgan boldly revamped The Nutcracker, taking the classic tale and transforming it into The New Nutcracker.

Set to soar, Cincinnati Ballet is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading midrange ballet companies.

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