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, adult fitness classes and specialized summer training programs.
January 12 Weather Update: Due to the winter weather advisory, all Academy classes on Friday, January 12, are canceled. All classes on Saturday, January 13, will also be canceled with the exception of the Level 5-7 and Boys classes beginning after noon.
The Academy will be closed on Monday, January 15, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. 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
Summer Intensive: June 18 – July 27, 2018
Collegiate Intensive: June 11 – July 20, 2018
Featuring internationally renowned guest faculty, Cincinnati Ballet has two 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!
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