PrintCincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive supports the unique needs of serious dancers in pursuit of higher education and is produced in partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. For 6 weeks, students train with world-renowned guest faculty as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership and CCM’s Undergraduate Dance Department faculty. With a foundational focus on ballet technique and performance, students also develop versatility in contemporary, modern and composition. One-on-one mentoring and coaching are hallmarks of the program as students focus on careers or graduate programs upon college graduation. Participants are considered for candidacy for the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division and Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company.

New for 2018!

June 17 – July 26, 2019

2019 International Guest Faculty

Announcement coming soon!

2019 International Guest Faculty

Paul Boos

Jose Carayol

Lauren Fadeley

Carla Körbes

McCree O’Kelley

Kirk Peterson

Amy Seiwert

Francis Veyette

Sabir Yapparov

David Morse

Sarah Hairston

Zack Grubbs

Dawn Kelly

Courtney Hellebuyck

Collegiate Intensive Training

A rigorous ballet-based program focused on the sophisticated needs and vocational focus of the collegiate dancer. Students engage in full-day training to refine technique and artistry while exploring disciplines in performance repertoire, modern, choreography and other dance-related fields. Guest faculty and lecturers not only teach within the program but also provide mentorship as well as experienced perspectives from careers on stage, behind the scenes and in the studio.

Training Program Features:

  • International guest faculty
  • Coaching and mentoring by Cincinnati Ballet artistic leadership and CCM faculty
  • Unique access to the University of Cincinnati’s state-of-the-art dance facilities
  • Intimate program size
  • Ballet-focused curriculum with supplemental courses in contemporary, modern and choreography
  • Workshops exploring careers in dance beyond performance including choreography, production, administration, among others
  • Merit scholarships available for select students (awarded during the audition tour)
  • Housing resources available
  • Collegiate Intensive participants are considered for candidacy for the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company

Collegiate Intensive Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day look like?
Collegiate Intensive students dance Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with approximately an hour break for lunch. A typical day may include:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Ballet Technique
12:15 – 1:45 pm: Variations, Repertoire or Men’s Class
1:45 – 2:45 pm: Lunch Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm: Modern, Contemporary or Choreography
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Conditioning, Musical Theater or Character
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Career or Guest Artist Workshop, Stretch Class or Coaching

How big are classes?
One of the major benefits of the Collegiate Intensive program is its size. The program is typically limited to 20 – 25 students giving participants a significant degree of individual access to and personal attention from faculty and guest artists.

Which technical styles does the Collegiate Intensive curriculum focus on?
Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is strongly ballet based and focused on developing the versatility and individual artistry required for success in today’s professional dance world. The Academy’s resident faculty teach in the aesthetic of Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company which is a fusion of Vaganova, Balanchine and American technical styles. With the added support of the University of Cincinnati and our world-class summer guest faculty, students are further exposed to a wide range of technical and artistic influences. Students also take classes in modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, choreography, and character, among others, to build a broad dance repertoire.

What makes the Collegiate Intensive unique from Summer Intensive?
While both programs focus intently on building professional aptitude in dancers, the Collegiate Intensive also prepares students for careers beyond the stage within a community of academically-minded peers. Through choreographic exploration and professional workshops in everything ranging from artistic direction and production to education and arts administration, participants have opportunities to explore secondary passions in dance. The program’s intimate size also provides unparalleled access to faculty as well as individual mentorship from both Cincinnati Ballet and University of Cincinnati faculty. Stewarded by the Collegiate Intensive Director, students also have opportunity to shape parts of the program’s focus through their own areas of interest.

Are students permitted to attend for a duration other three or six weeks?
No. Cincinnati Ballet does not permit late arrivals or early departures.

Are Collegiate Intensive students considered for Cincinnati Ballet’s year-round programs?
Yes! During each three-week session, our resident faculty host an audition which is open to all Collegiate Intensive participants. Cincinnati Ballet actively recruits to its Professional Training Division program as well as to Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company through our Collegiate Intensive.

Is there a culminating performance?
Yes! Students in the six-week and second, three-week sessions join our Summer Intensive students in a culminating performance workshop which is open to visiting friends and family.

Collegiate Intensive Tuition

6 week session

$ 2,970

June 17 – July 26

3 week session

$ 1,785

June 17 – July 5 or July 8 – 26

Housing Resources

Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive does not feature a formal residence program, however the following housing resources, including housing on the University of Cincinnati’s campus, are available for students traveling from outside the greater Cincinnati area.

Summer Intensive Resident Program

Students from outside the greater Cincinnati area have a summer home away from home through participation in our Resident Program in partnership with Xavier University.

Resident Program Features:

  • Supervised housing available in partnership with Xavier University
  • Suite-style housing (two students per room and up to eight per suite) in one of Xavier’s newest facilities
  • Access to Xavier campus amenities including gym and recreational facilities
  • Includes all meals and transportation to and from the Cincinnati Ballet Center
  • Evening and weekend activities include trips to Great American Ballpark, Kings Island, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, among others.

Collegiate Intensive Auditions

Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students must be 18 years of age by program start to be eligible. Cincinnati Ballet faculty travel throughout the United States to audition students. Students are strongly encouraged to audition in person but if they are unable to do so, video auditions are accepted. Please reference the information below for audition requirements.

Live auditions

$35 registration fee for online preregistration
$40 registration fee day of audition (check or cc only)
Registration fees are not refundable or transferable

Photo Requirements

All students should submit a headshot and photo of first arabesque (on pointe for ladies). Students registering the day of their audition should submit photos with their registration paperwork. Students preregistering online should submit photos with their online receipt at audition registration.

Audition Results

All audition results are sent via email. Results will be sent within 5 to 7 business days of your audition. Should you require audition results sooner due to summer acceptance deadlines, please contact Academy Director, Sarah Hairston, at 513-562-1119 or or contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513-562-1111.

Video Auditions

$45 video audition fee
Video audition fees are not refundable or transferable

Video Requirements

Videos should be approximately 15 minutes in length and no longer than 20 minutes. Ladies should be in a leotard and pink tights. Gentlemen should be in a white shirt and black tights. Videos should include the following exercises:

Barre work: plies, battement tendu, adagio, grand battement

Center: adagio, pirouettes en dehors, pirouettes en dedans, petite allegro, grand allegro

Pointe work for ladies*: échappés in center including one leg relevés and passé, piqué turns from corner with chaînés and soutenu

*For ladies recently advanced to pointe work please simply include an échappé and passé combination at the barre

Additional combinations for men: à la seconde turns, échappé battu, entrechat six, cabriole front and back, grande allegro, tour en l’air, manège including coupé jeté en tournant (may also include saut de basque)

Video Submissions

All students auditioning by video should register online (link above) and indicate they are auditioning by video. Video applications will not be reviewed until online registration is received. Application deadline is March 1, 2019. DVDs should be labeled with student name, address and all relevant contact information. Please note, DVDs will not be returned. Video submissions should be mailed along with requisite photos to:

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy
Attn: Summer Intensive Auditions
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Digital media and photos may be submitted to Academy Director, Sarah Hairston, at

Collegiate Intensive Audition Tour

Audition registration is now open. Join us in a city near you!

Online preregistration for each location closes the Thursday prior to the audition date at 11:59 PM (EST). Students who miss this deadline may still register on site during the registration and check-in period.

Cincinnati, OH

January 5, 2019

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check-In 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

New York, NY

January 5, 2019

Ballet Academy East
1651 Third Ave, New York, NY
Registration & Check-In 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Audition 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Boston, MA

January 6, 2019

Boston Ballet (Newton Campus)
153 Needham St, Newton, MA
Registration & Check-In 11:30am – 12pm
Audition 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Washington, DC

January 12, 2019

Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD
Registration & Check-In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Los Angeles, CA

January 12, 2019

The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Registration & Check-In 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Audition 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Nashville, TN

January 13, 2019

Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon St, Nashville, TN
Registration & Check-In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Toledo, OH

January 13, 2019

Ballet Theatre of Toledo
1124 Corporate Dr, Holland, OH
Registration & Check-In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

St. Louis, MO

January 19 – 20, 2019

524 Trinity Ave, University City, MO
Audition times vary by age group
Please see COCA website below for details and to register

Chicago, IL

January 20, 2019

Dance Academy of Libertyville
746 E Park Ave, Libertyville, IL
Registration & Check-In 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Bloomington, IN

January 20, 2019

Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University
101 N Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Salt Lake City, UT

January 20, 2019

Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre
52 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Registration & Check-In 11:30am – 12pm
Audition 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Dallas, TX

January 26, 2019

Tuzer Dance School
310 N Glenville Rd, Richardson, TX
Registration & Check-In 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Austin, TX

January 27, 2019

Ballet Austin
501 W Third St, Austin, TX
Registration & Check-In 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Audition 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Cincinnati, OH

January 27, 2019

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check-In 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Audition 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Portland, ME

January 27, 2019

Portland Ballet
517 Forest Ave, Suite 2, Portland, ME
Registration & Check-In 11:30am – 12pm
Audition 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Denver, CO

February 2, 2019

Classical Ballet Academy
6740 East Hampden Ave, Denver, CO
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Seattle, WA

February 3, 2019

Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Registration & Check-In 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Audition 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Louisville, KY

February 3, 2019

Louisville Ballet
315 E Main St, Louisville, KY
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Columbus, OH

February 10, 2019

322 Mount Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH
Registration & Check-In 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Audition 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Pittsburgh, PA

February 16, 2019

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Registration & Check-In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Columbia, SC

February 16, 2019

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet
914 Pulaski St, Columbia, SC
Registration & Check-In 11:30am – 12pm
Audition 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Atlanta, GA

February 17, 2019

Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA
Registration & Check-In 9:30 – 10:00 am
Audition 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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