Suzanne Farrell (born 08/16/45) is an eminent ballerina (often referred to as the greatest American lyric ballerina) and the founder of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was born Roberta Sue Ficker in Cincinnati and received her early training at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In 1960 she was selected to study at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet with a Ford Foundation scholarship in 1960 and joined the New York City Ballet in 1961.
Acclaimed prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory has been in Cincinnati Ballet's studios all week as a guest coach for the dancers in Swan Lake's principal roles, sharing with them her advice and knowledge gained from such an illustrious career. Here, Gregory is pictured as 'Odile' from Swan Lake. Thank you, Cynthia!