Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is the area’s preeminent classical ballet training program. With a mission to inspire excellence through the power of dance, we serve students and families throughout the greater Cincinnati area through pre-professional dance training, unparalleled performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty the Academy offers comprehensive dance education through three school year divisions, adult fitness classes and specialized summer training programs.
Sunday, January 13 Weather Update:
Due to the winter storm, all Academy classes on Sunday, January 13, are canceled.
The Academy will be closed on Monday, January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Adult Division classes will continue as normally scheduled.
Did you know Cincinnati Ballet Academy alumni are employed by professional dance companies around the globe?
Founded in 1997, the primary goal of the Otto M. Budig Academy is to provide excellence in technical and artistic training and to inspire a love of dance. With a curriculum based in the Vaganova tradition, instruction is also infused with the 20th & 21st century influences which have developed in classical ballet over the past 60 years. Academy students enjoy the opportunity to enrich their lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts. The guiding principles of the Academy are to teach, challenge and inspire students to achieve their highest goals in a nurturing and positive environment.
The unique connection to Cincinnati Ballet provides unparalleled performance opportunities for selected students as well as invaluable networking and employment resources for advanced students. Led by Sarah Hairston, Director of Academy Training, and Ginger Johnson, Director of Academy Administration, the Otto M. Budig Academy provides classical ballet training at its finest.
For new students ages 2 to 9
This fall, the Academy invites new students ages 2 to 9 to try their first class free. If they enroll within a week of their free class, we’ll waive their registration fee. To reserve your free class, please fill out the inquiry form below or contact us at 513-562-1111.
June 17 – July 26, 2019
Featuring internationally renowned guest faculty, Cincinnati Ballet has Summer Intensive programs designed to take your dancing to new levels of excellence. Cincinnati Ballet faculty tour the nation to audition promising students. Click below to learn more!
After taking their final bow as Cincinnati Ballet Dancers, Sarah Hairston and Zack Grubbs join Dawn Kelly as the new Otto M. Budig Academy leadership. Hear how their 45 years of combined experience will hone the future of talented young dancers from around the world.Read more
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