About the Academy
Founded in 1997, Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy (OMBA) has built its reputation as one of the finest ballet programs in the nation. Taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty and guests, the Otto M. Budig Academy offers a comprehensive dance education through three school year programs:
1) Children’s Division
2) Main Division
3) Adult Division
In addition to it's school year programs, the Academy offers seven unique summer programs designed to enhance student's technique level and artistic development. The Academy's curriculum is Vaganova-based and is infused with the 20th & 21st century influences which have developed in classical ballet over the past 60 years.
The primary goal at the Otto M. Budig Academy is to provide excellence in technical and artistic training and to inspire a love of dance. 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 Otto M. Budig 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 Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, and Catherine Batcheller, Academy Dean, the Cincinnati Ballet Academy provides classical ballet training at its finest.