July 20 - 24, 2020
Guest Instructor: Melissa Gelfin
Melissa Gelfin, Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet, performed with Toledo Ballet this past December as the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in the 79th Annual Nutcracker. Melissa returns to Toledo Ballet this summer to lead an intensive designed for advanced level students looking to refine their technique and learn combinations and choreography, culminating in an in-studio performance.
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Melissa Gelfin began her ballet training with Lisa Collins Vidnovic at Metropolitan Ballet Academy and continued with Barbara Sandonato and Andrea Long-Naidu at Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet. She joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was awarded a National Training Scholarship with ABT. Prior to dancing with Cincinnati Ballet, Ms. Gelfin danced for Orlando Ballet II and Orlando Ballet Company from 2011-2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Jackson International Ballet Competition. Ms. Gelfin joined Cincinnati Ballet as a New Dancer for the 2014-2015 Season and was promoted to Corps De Ballet in February of 2015. She was promoted to Senior Soloist in 2017 and Principal Dancer in 2018.
As a dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, Ms. Gelfin’s repertoire includes classical and contemporary works by Septime Webre, Yuri Possikov, Victoria Morgan, Val Caniparoli, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Adam Hougland, Sarah Van Patten and Ma Cong. She has danced Principal roles in Septime Webre’s Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz, Victoria Morgan’s The Nutcracker, King Arthur’s Camelot and Romeo and Juliet, Kirk Peterson’s Coppélia, George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Devon Carney’s The Sleeping Beauty and originated roles in Penny Saunders Nannerl, Myles Thatcher’s Anamoly, Andrea Schermoly’s Swivet and several works by Jennifer Archibald. Ms. Gelfin’s choreographic debut was a solo work in the inaugural 2018 Female Choreographic Initiative Festival hosted by Houston Ballet. She made her professional choreographic debut in Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series 2019 with her piece Clockwise. During the summer months, you can catch Ms. Gelfin dancing with Moving Arts Festival!
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