First Class Free

New students ages 2 – 9 are invited to try their first class for free!

2017-2018 Academy Registration

Registration is open to all students! Please visit the Main and Children’s Division pages for details.

Student Resources

Forms, newsletters & resources for current Academy Students

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?

Excellence taught daily

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.

Unparalleled opportunities

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.

Meet the New Academy Leadership

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.

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Summer Intensive

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!

Spring Production 2017

May 12 – 13, 2017

Join us for our season-culminating performance celebration!

Kids Dance Camp

For students ages 4 to 8

Kids Dance Camp is heading out on week-long safaris for a summer dance experience you won’t soon forget!

Friends Dance Free Week!

January 9 – 15, 2017

We’re starting the New Year off right with a week of free classes for new Adult Division students!

Children’s Division

Building Creativity, Confidence and Capacity Through Dance.
For students ages 2-7

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Main Division

Where Futures Take Flight.
For students ages 8-18

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Adult Division

Dance That’s Timeless.
For students ages 18 and up.

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From classes for four years old up to our nationally recognized Summer Intensive program, Cincinnati Ballet offers a summer dance program to enhance the skills and techniques needed to become a ballet dancer.

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Contact the Academy

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Phone: 513-562-1111
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Location: 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH

Have Questions? View frequently asked questions about the Academy.

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