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Victoria Morgan

Victoria Morgan has led the Cincinnati Ballet for a quarter century, one of just three women to direct a big-budget American ballet company. She has been a dynamic leader, championing classical and contemporary works and choreographing some of the company’s most beloved productions, including King Arthur’s Camelot, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Snow White. Before arriving in Cincinnati in 1996, Morgan was resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera and a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West in Salt Lake City. Her tenure locally has inspired phenomenal growth both artistically and organizationally; she spearheaded fundraising for the company’s new Walnut Hills dance center. Her accomplished successor, Jodie Gates, who arrives in August, will surely build on Morgan’s remarkable foundation. cballet.org.