South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Q&A with CCB Alumnus Torri Counts!

What was your story like before joining the Columbia City Ballet?
I grew up in Little Rock, AR but I auditioned for CCB in Los Angeles at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy where I was a “student.” I joined Columbia City Ballet in the fall of 2006 and danced here for 3 years. I was 25 when I auditioned and turned 26 after joining.

What were some of your favorite memories with the Columbia City Ballet? 
Hands down Off the Wall and Onto the Stage was one of my favorite productions. This ballet, for me, was a chance to really push myself as a dancer, performer, and athlete. It was very taxing on me, but I loved the challenge of performing that ballet.

Another great memory, I would have to say, would be meeting my roommate for the first time. My very first night staying with John-Michael, who is one of my best friends to this day, we stayed up all night drinking beer and talking. Great first night of many great nights!



Where did you go when you left the Columbia City Ballet?
I actually went on tour with Mariah Carey. After the ballet season, I left Columbia in April of 2009 and went back to LA. I knew there would be auditions and I would need a job. At the time, I didn’t have an agent and had no idea who was hiring. Luckily, my friend told me Mariah Carey was holding auditions but I only went because my friend told me about the audition. It just so happened that it was held at my old studio.

Needless to say, I crashed the audition and booked the job! Got an agent and a job all in one day. In LA, if you happen to book a job and you don’t have  an agent, you can basically put who you want to represent you and inform them that you booked a gig and would like representation. It usually works.

Where are you now, and what are you up to?
I am currently in Costa Mesa, CA with my beautiful wife of 6 years. I am a personal trainer with my own private training business. It was an easy transition for me; I have always been into fitness, so training was a natural progression. 

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