New students ages 2 – 9 are invited to try their first class for free!
Registration is open to all students! Please visit the Main and Children’s Division pages for details.
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Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is the area’s preeminent classical ballet training program. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion 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 and specialized summer training programs.
January 5 Weather Update: All classes are canceled due to the winter weather advisory.
The Academy will be closed Monday, September 4, in honor of the Labor Day holiday.
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.
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
June 12 – July 21, 2017
Featuring internationally renowned guest faculty, Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive is designed to cultivate professional potential and artistic excellence. Cincinnati Ballet faculty tour the nation to audition promising students ages 12 to 22. Click below to find the audition location near you!
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