New York City, New York
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2015
Training: School of American Ballet, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The School of Ballet Arizona
Connor Scott Cohen began his ballet training at age 10 at Studio Maestro under the direction of François Perron and Deborah Wingert. He was accepted to the School of American Ballet on full scholarship, where he studied primarily with Olga Kostritzky. Connor continued his pre-professional training on scholarship at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where his teachers included Ethan Stiefel, Susan Jaffe, and Warren Conover. While at UNCSA, he performed leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, James Kudelka’s Gazebo Dances, and José Limon’s The Unsung among many others. He has attended summer programs at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet.
Connor danced with the Ballet Arizona Studio Company for the 2014-2015 season, under the direction of Carlos Valcárcel, before joining Ballet Arizona in 2015. His repertoire includes Ib Andersen’s Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, and The Nutcracker, August Bournonville’s Napoli, and Nayon Iovino’s Rigged Games. He has also performed in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, Rubies, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Western Symphony, and La Sonnambula.
Connor’s choreographic works include analogous magnets (2015) and “oh you’ve changed” (2016), both of which premiered as part of Ballet Arizona’s Artist Relief Fund gala. He is continuing his academic studies towards the completion of a BFA in dance from UNCSA.