Zoe Marinello-Kohn

Zoe Marinello- Kohn received her ballet training at the San Francisco Ballet School and Academy of Ballet under Richard Gibson. Since then Zoe has worked professionally with the San Diego Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Osage Ballet, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and Elle Vie Dance Company.

Some of Zoe’s favorite roles include Princess Clara, the Snow Queen and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Dying Swan in the Carnival of the Animals, Lucy in Narnia: The Ballet and Royalty of the Plaines and Osage Woman in Wazhazhe: An Osage Ballet. Zoe had the opportunity to perform with the Osage Ballet at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia 2015 in honor of Pope Francis and at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.

Zoe Marinello-Kohn has choreographed works for the San Diego Ballet, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Ignite Choreographers Showcase and YAGP as well as the RAW Exhibition at the House of Blues, San Diego where her fine art was also featured. Zoe is also a certified Pilates instructor.

More about Zoe…

Who has influenced you the most to become the dancer you are today?
I cannot remember a time when I was not aware of art in some shape or form. My mother and father are both artists and I owe it to them for a lifetime of exposure, appreciation and freedom to both experience and create art.

What goes through your mind just before you perform?
I always check my costume from head to toe and make sure my pointe shoe ribbons are sewn around my ankles.

What is the funniest episode/episodes you’ve experienced in your career?
In one ballet I had to play a promiscuous kangaroo. I think that mental image speaks for itself.

Who would I most like to share the stage with living or dead?
If I could share the stage with anyone I would have to say Mikhail Baryshnikov.

What do you like/ admire about San Diego Ballet?
The San Diego Ballet’s mission speaks to me as I believe that art is a very important piece in the fabric of our communities. Javier Velasco’s artistic vision and dynamic choreography is also another reason I love this company. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the San Diego Ballet and I am happy to return for my fourth season.


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