Sayler Park Student Twirls Her Way into Spotlight

September 6, 2019

Through talent and hard work, one of Sayler Park School’s very own caught the eye of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy and earned a role in the acclaimed annual production of The Nutcracker.

Out of 2,000 students in Cincinnati Ballet’s CincyDance! program, Katrina McClatchey — now a fourth-grader — quickly was identified as one of 30 with great potential. These budding dancers were invited to audition at the Cincinnati Ballet to get into a scholarship program for further instruction. Ultimately, Katrina was one of only four students selected for the Cincinnati Ballet Academy’s Main Division scholarship.

Described by her parents and faculty as an “incredible, smart and kind girl,” Katrina discovered her passion for ballet after attending a performance of Beauty and the Beast. Captivated by the dancing, Katrina began taking lessons at a local dance company and quickly excelled.

Katrina says that she enjoys ballet because it makes her feel free and happy, and it gives her a different way to express herself. This versatile young lady wants to be a ballerina with the Cincinnati Ballet when she grows up and a dolphin trainer. She also enjoys studying STEAM.

Be sure to see Cincinnati Ballet’s production of The Nutracker this holiday season at Music Hall — and be on the lookout for a dancing cupcake named Katrina.

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