2020 Stars of the Corps: Cincinnati Ballet's Bella Ureta

October 8, 2020

Described by Cincinnati Ballet artistic director Victoria Morgan as having the ability to “move with the sharpness and precision of an arrow,” Bella Ureta has hit quite a few bull’s-eyes since joining the company in 2017. Her sharp footwork and electric charm shone through in last season’s Swan Lake pas de trois, as did her athletic ease of movement as an Emerald City Popcorn Girl in Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz.

A woman in a white Baroque nightgown leans to the right, while behind her a shirless male dancer in a white wig and white pantaloons steps behind her to the left. They both wear white face makeup with rosy cheeks.

Ureta and Marcus Romeo in Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze

Peter Mueller, Courtesy Cincinnati Ballet

The 24-year-old Seattle native trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School before dancing with Boston Ballet II for a year. Now in her fourth season with Cincinnati Ballet, Ureta is the dancers’ union representative and has been active in the discussions for the company’s COVID-19-altered 2020–21 season. Of it, she says she is most looking forward to Balanchine’s Jewels, which she calls one of her bucket list ballets. “After having a six-plus-month break, I will never take this career for granted again,” says Ureta of the shutdown. “I think a lot of dancers will come out of this appreciating dance and the arts a whole lot more.”

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