Mackenzie Dessens

Mackenzie Dessens is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her training at Giacobbe Academy of Dance and privately with Kimberly Beck. She attended summer programs in New York with the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Mackenzie continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and upon completion, joined Cincinnati Ballet’s second company. In 2015, she joined Colorado Ballet.

Hometown:
New Orleans, LA

Dance training and awards:
Giacobbe Academy of Dance and privately with Kimberly Beck
Summer programs with School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre
Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy

Joined Colorado Ballet:
2015

Promotions:
Promoted from Apprentice to Corps de Ballet in 2017

Selected roles and ballets:
George Balanchine’s Serenade
Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort
Clara, Doll, Crystals, Spanish and Marzipan in The Nutcracker
Cygnets in Swan Lake
Pas de Trois from Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang (for Webb)
Peter Pan
7th Symphony
The Nutcracker
Alice
Symphony in C
Lady of the Lake in King Arthur’s Camelot

More about Mackenzie:
While she was a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s second company, Mackenzie was chosen to perform as Guinevere in the “Wedding Pas de Deux” for the second company’s rep to promote the new ballet throughout the season. Her second year, Victoria Morgan chose her to perform as Clara in a recreation of the pas between Clara and the Prince from The Nutcracker. She also had the opportunity of working with Jennifer Archibald and received a solo and pas in her piece for the second company.

Photos: Mackenzie Dessens by David Andrews, Mackenzie Dessens and Tyler Rhoads by Mike Watson, Mackenzie Dessens and Ben Winegar

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