Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age may my student begin classes at Cincinnati Ballet?
Students as young as age 2 may begin ballet training at the Otto M. Budig Academy. Students must meet the minimum age requirement for each level by September 30 of the current academic year. The Children's Division Ballet is separated into four different class types:

                Petite Pas De Deux: 2-3 years old (accompanied by a parent)
                Children’s Division 1: 3-4 year olds
                Children’s Division 2: 4-5 year olds
                Children’s Division 3: 6-7 year olds
What should my student wear to ballet class?
Cincinnati Ballet Academy has an official uniform policy which is required for all students. 
Please arrive at the studio in street clothes or cover-ups. We do not recommend wearing only a leotard to and from class. There are restrooms available for changing.

          Children's Division female students:

                    Pink CB tank leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes 
                    Hair should be in a tight bun (no ponytails) for all classes    

          Male students:                
                    Close-fitting white t-shirt with black tights or leggings, white socks and white ballet shoes.
          All students:                      
                    No jewelry, watches, skirts, leg warmers, sweat pants or baggy shirts are permitted.

Where may I purchase uniforms?
Uniforms must be purchased through the Academy. Uniforms are available for purchase at the reception desk or by pre-order through the Academy Administrative Office. Sizing and pricing information is available on uniform order forms. For all other dancewear-related needs, please visit one of our retail partners. These
retailers offer a 10% discount to Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students. No discounts apply to uniforms.
                The Dance House @ 616 Buttermilk Pick, Crescent Springs, KY 859-344-6606
                Diana’s Dancewear @ 8958 Blue Ash Road, Blue Ash, OH 513-792-0970
                Cincinnati Dancewear @ 3838 Paxton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 513-533-9327

How long are classes?
                Petite Pas De Deux: 30 minutes
                Children’s Division 1: 45 minutes
                Children’s Division 2: 45 minutes
                Children’s Division 3: 60 minutes

How often are classes held? How many weeks are in the semester?
Children's Division classes are held weekly. Each class meets once per week. Each semester last 16 weeks and registration is for the entire year, which is 32 weeks. Each student receives several makeup vouchers in the event they miss a class and would like to make it up at another time.
Will my student perform?
Performance is an essential component of dance training. Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy presents its
Spring Production in order to showcase our students’ accomplishments. Otto M. Budig Academy students in all Divisions will have the opportunity to perform in the annual Spring Production.
Otto M. Budig Academy students also have the unique opportunity to perform in select Cincinnati Ballet Productions. All student roles are determined by audition and are at the sole discretion of Cincinnati Ballet artistic staff. Please see the
auditions page for more information.
May parents observe class?
Yes! The Otto M. Budig Academy offers a Parent Observation Week once per semester. These weeks are listed in the Fall and Spring semester schedule. During these weeks we invite you into the studio to observe your student’s class. Throughout the rest of the semester we generally keep the blinds drawn in the studios. Through experience, we have learned that students are more likely to concentrate and participate fully in the class if they are not being observed. Flash photography or video recording is not allowed in the studios at any time.

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