Main Division

Where Futures Take Flight

The Main Division program is designed to enrich students’ lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts. Main Division curriculum is focused on building technically strong and versatile dancers and cultivating pre-professional potential. All classes are taught by the Otto M. Budig’s distinguished faculty including Cincinnati Ballet dancers and artistic staff.

Academy Registration

Registration for 2016-2017 is now closed

Registration is for the full school year program which is comprised of 36 weeks of instruction beginning in late August 2016 and concluding in May 2017. In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a $30 Registration Fee and a $120 Spring Production Fee. Please reference the class listings below when registering your student.

Did you know five Main Division faculty members are also Cincinnati Ballet dancers?

Main Division Levels

Seven levels to fit your student

The Main Division is structured on the foundation of seven successive levels of classical training with each level building upon the next. Versatility is encouraged by incorporating other dance genres through elective classes including modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater and conditioning, among others. Performance is valued as an essential element of artistic and technical training and the Academy year culminates for all students with performance in the annual Spring Production.

Students are placed by technical level and are evaluated at the end of each school year for potential advancement into the next level. New students, age 8, will be placed in Level 1. All other new students should contact the Academy at 513-562-1111 to schedule a placement class.

Level Requirements

Level 1

Level 1 students take a minimum of two 75-minute ballet classes per week: one technique class and one performance class.

Level 2

Level 2 students take a minimum of two 90-minute ballet classes per week: one technique class and one performance class.

Level 3

Level 3 students take a minimum of three 2-hour ballet classes per week: two technique classes and one performance class. Level 3 ladies also take a dedicated half-hour pointe class each week.

Level 4

Level 4 students take a minimum of four 2-hour ballet classes per week: three technique classes and one performance class.

Level 5

Level 5 students take a minimum of five 2.5-hour ballet classes per week: four technique classes and one performance class.

Level 6

Level 6 students take a minimum of six 2.5-hour ballet classes per week: five technique classes and one performance class.

Level 7

Level 7 students take a minimum of six 2.5-hour ballet classes per week: five technique classes and one performance class. Additionally, one elective class is required.

Main Division Class Listings

Level 1 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of a technique class and a performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 1 requirements.

Track A
Monday 4:15 – 5:30 pm with Kara Jones Louis ◊
Saturday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm with Rosa Compostella

Track B
Monday 5:30 – 6:45 pm with Kara Jones Louis ◊
Friday 5:45 – 7:00 pm with Melissa Wood

Track C
Tuesday 5:15 – 6:30 pm with Kara Jones Louis
Thursday 5:15 – 6:30 pm with Donna Anderle ◊

Track D
Saturday 12:00 – 1:15 pm with Rosa Compostella ◊
Sunday 12:30 – 1:45 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Sunday 1:45 – 3:00 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Download the printable Level 1 Guide

Level 2 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of a technique class and a performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 2 requirements.

Track A
Tuesday 5:15 – 6:45 pm with Donna Grisez-Weber ◊
Friday 4:15 – 5:45 pm with Sarah Hairston

Track B
Thursday 5:15 – 6:45 pm with Donna Grisez-Weber
Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 am with Isabele Elefson ◊

Track C
Saturday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm with Isabele Elefson ◊
Sunday 3:30 – 5:00 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Pre-Pointe Class ∆
Tuesday 4:45 – 5:15 pm with Donna Grisez-Weber
Saturday 10:30 – 11:00 am with Isabele Elefson

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Sunday 1:45 – 3:00 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Download the printable Level 2 Guide

Level 3 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of two technique classes, a performance class and an additional half-hour pointe class for ladies, thus fulfilling the Level 3 requirements.

Track A
Monday 4:15 – 6:15 pm with Zack Grubbs
Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm with Dawn Kelly ◊
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am with Zack Grubbs
Saturday (Pointe) 11:00 – 11:30 am Isabele Elefson

Track B
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm with Grace Shivers
Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 pm with Sarah Hairston ◊
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm with Gema Diaz
Sunday (Pointe) 3:00 – 3:30 pm with Gema Diaz

Beginning Modern ∆◊
Friday 7:00 – 8:30 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Contemporary/Broadway ∆
Sunday 3:30 – 5:00 pm with Jake Casey & Chris Lingner

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:15 – 6:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 8:45 – 9:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 3 Guide

Level 4 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of three technique classes and a performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 4 requirements.

Track A
Monday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Gema Diaz
Friday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Sasha Hart ◊
Saturday 12:15 – 2:30 pm with Sarah Hairston

Track B
Tuesday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Sarah Hairston
Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm with Zack Grubbs
Thursday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Sasha Hart ◊
Sunday 1:00 – 3:15 pm with James Cunningham

Intermediate Modern ∆◊
Saturday 10:30 – 12:00 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Contemporary/Broadway ∆
Sunday 3:30 – 5:00 pm with Jake Casey & Chris Lingner

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:15 – 6:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 8:45 – 9:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 4 Guide

The Level 5 course schedule consists of four technique classes, a multi-genre rotating class and a rehearsal and performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 5 curriculum requirements.

Monday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Zack Grubbs
Tuesday 6:15 – 9:00 pm with Dawn Kelly*
Thursday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Friday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Zack Grubbs
Saturday 1:30 – 4:00 pm with Dawn Kelly & Sarah Hairston ◊

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation to include character, composition and contemporary dance.

Intermediate Modern ∆◊
Saturday 10:30 – 12:00 pm with Ka-Ron Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:15 – 6:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 8:45 – 9:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 5 Guide

The Level 6 course schedule consists of five technique classes, a multi-genre rotating class and a rehearsal and performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 6 curriculum requirements.

Monday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Ogulcan Borova & Sarah Hairston
Tuesday 6:15 – 9:00 pm with Ana Gallardo*
Wednesday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Chris Lingner
Thursday 6:15 – 9:00 pm with Zack Grubbs
Friday 4:15 – 6:15 pm with Dawn Kelly
Saturday 1:30 – 4:00 pm with Dawn Kelly & Zack Grubbs ◊

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation to include character, composition and contemporary dance.

Advanced Modern ∆◊
Saturday 12:00 – 1:30 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:15 – 6:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 8:45 – 9:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 6 Guide

The Level 7 course schedule consists of five technique classes, a multi-genre rotating class and a rehearsal and performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 7 curriculum requirements. Level 7 is also required to enroll in Advanced Modern.

Monday 6:15 – 8:45 pm with Ogulcan Borova & Sarah Hairston
Tuesday 6:15 – 9:00 pm with Ana Gallardo*
Wednesday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 6:15 – 9:00 pm with Zack Grubbs
Friday 4:15 – 6:15 pm with Dawn Kelly
Saturday 1:30 – 4:00 pm with Dawn Kelly ◊

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation to include character, composition and contemporary dance.

Advanced Modern ∆◊
Saturday 12:00 – 1:30 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:15 – 6:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 8:45 – 9:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 7 Guide

Level 1 Boys Class ∆
Thursday 4:45 – 5:15 pm Zack Grubbs

Levels 2 – 7 Boys Conditioning Class ‡
Saturday 1:15 – 1:45 pm Zack Grubbs

Levels 2 – 7 Boys Class ∆◊
Saturday 1:45 – 3:00 pm Zack Grubbs

Download the printable Men’s Classes Guide

∆ – Elective Class
◊ – Class performs in Spring Production
‡ – Required class

Registration Material

Registration forms may be downloaded via the link above. Completed registrations forms may be mailed to the following address or submitted via the secure form uploader below. Please DO NOT email registration forms.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy
Attn: 2016-2017 Academy Registration
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214

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