Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Claire Bergman returns to Dayton Ballet for her seventh season. Her professional training began at age ten with Barbara Pontecorvo at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Ballet Performance. There she had the opportunity to dance in China with the Beijing Dance Academy and performed roles in Serenade, Giselle, and works by Michael Bearden, Anthony Krutzkamp, and Tong Wang. Claire also danced with Gem City Ballet and performed in ballets such as Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Who Cares, and Valse-Fantaisie. Since joining Dayton Ballet, she has enjoyed performing Jiří Kylián’s Sechs Tänze, Ron Cunningham’s The Great Gatsby, Stephen Mills’ Five Flights Up, Amy Seiwert’s Chasing Ghosts, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula Bloodlines. Claire would like to thank her husband and daughter for their love and support.