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Academy Resources

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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 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?

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.

Academy Open House

Free and open to the public!

September 16, 2018
1:00 to 6:00 pm
Cincinnati Ballet Center

Winter Dance Camp

January 2 – 4, 2019

Ward off the winter blues with a new dance camp experience for students ages 4 – 9. No formal dance experience required. Come join us!

First Class Free

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.

Summer Intensives

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!

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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Spring Production 2018

May 18 – 19, 2018

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!

Programs by Division

Children’s Division

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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Professional Training Division

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Investing in Career Potential
For students ages 16 and up

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Adult Division

For students ages 18 and up

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Summer Dance Programs

For students ages 4 – 24

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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

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