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 the 2018-2019 Academy Year opens for returning students on June 1, 2018 and for new students on June 20, 2018.

Registration is for the full school year program which is comprised of 36 weeks of instruction beginning in late August 2018 and concluding in May 2019. 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 eight Main Division faculty members are current or former Cincinnati Ballet company 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 3 Advanced

Level 3 Advanced students take a minimum of three 2 to 2.25 hour ballet classes per week: two technique classes and one performance class. Level 3 Advanced ladies also take a dedicated half-hour pointe class each week. All Level 3 Advanced students are required to take a conditioning class.

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 5:00 – 6:15 pm with Kara Jones Louis ◊
Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 am with Courtney Hellebuyck

Track B
Tuesday 4:45 – 6:00 pm with Kara Jones Louis
Thursday 4:45 – 6:00 pm with Donna Anderle ◊

Track C
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:15 pm with Rosa Compostella ◊
Sunday 12:00 – 1:15 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Sunday 1:15 – 2:30 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 4:00 – 5:30 pm with Donna Grisez ◊
Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 pm with Kara Jones Louis

Track B
Wednesday 5:00 – 6:30 pm with Donna Grisez ◊
Friday 5:00 – 6:30 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck

Pre-Pointe Class ∆
Tuesday 5:30 – 6:00 pm with Donna Grisez
Wednesday 6:30 – 7:00 pm with Donna Grisez

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Sunday 1:15 – 2:30 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 4:00 – 6:00 pm with Dawn Kelly
Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm with Gema Diaz
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am with Sarah Hairston & Zack Grubbs ◊
Monday (Pointe) 6:00 – 6:30 pm Dawn Kelly

Track B
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm with Kara Jones Louis
Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm with Isabele Elefson
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am with Sarah Hairston & Zack Grubbs ◊
Thursday (Pointe) 8:00 – 8:30 pm with Isabele Elefson

Beginning Modern ∆
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:15 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 3 Guide

The Level 3 Advanced course schedule consists of two technique classes, a performance class and an additional half-hour pointe class for ladies, thus fulfilling the Level 3 Advanced curriculum requirements. Level 3 Advanced is also required to enroll in Conditioning.

Track A
Monday 6:15 – 8:15 pm with Sasha Hart
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:45 pm with Gema Diaz
Saturday 12:15 – 2:15 pm with Zack Grubbs & Sarah Hairston ◊
Monday (Pointe) 8:15 – 8:45 pm with Sasha Hart

Beginning Modern ∆
Saturday 11:00 am – 12:15 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ‡
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 3 Advanced Guide

The Level 4 course schedule consists of three technique classes and a performance class, thus fulfilling the Level 4 curriculum requirements.

Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30 pm with Sarah Hairston ◊
Wednesday 6:45 – 8:45 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck
Thursday 6:00 – 8:30 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck
Saturday 10:15 am – 12:15 pm with Dawn Kelly

Intermediate Modern ∆
Friday 4:00 – 5:15 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Jazz & Musical Theater ∆
Saturday 12:15 – 1:30 pm with Patty Pille & Kate Stark

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 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 6:30 – 8:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Tuesday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Zack Grubbs*
Thursday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Sarah Hairston, Zack Grubbs & Dawn Kelly ◊
Friday 5:45 – 8:15 pm with Sasha Hart
Saturday 12:15 – 2:15 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck

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

Intermediate Modern ∆
Friday 4:00 – 5:15 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Variations & Repertoire ∆
Saturday 2:15 – 3:30 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 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 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Zack Grubbs
Tuesday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Dawn Kelly*
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm with David Morse
Thursday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Sarah Hairston, Zack Grubbs & Dawn Kelly ◊
Friday 5:15 – 7:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Saturday 12:15 – 2:15 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck

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

Advanced Modern ∆
Saturday 2:15 – 3:30 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 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 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Zack Grubbs
Tuesday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Dawn Kelly*
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm with David Morse
Thursday 5:45 – 8:30 pm with Sarah Hairston, Zack Grubbs & Dawn Kelly ◊
Friday 5:15 – 7:45 pm with Dawn Kelly
Saturday 12:15 – 2:15 pm with Courtney Hellebuyck

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

Advanced Modern ‡
Saturday 2:15 – 3:30 pm with Ka-Ron Brown Lehman

Conditioning ∆
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm with Dawn Kelly
Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 pm with Dawn Kelly

Download the printable Level 7 Guide

Level 1 Boys Class ∆
Monday 4:30 – 5:00 pm with Zack Grubbs

Men’s Conditioning Class ‡
Required for all male dancers Level 2 and above
Friday 6:45 – 7:30 pm wtih Zack Grubbs

Intermediate Men’s Class ∆◊
For male dancers in Levels 2 – 3 Advanced
Friday 5:45 – 6:45 pm with Zack Grubbs

Advanced Men’s Class ∆◊
For male dancers in Levels 4 – 7
Friday 4:00 – 5:00 pm with Zack Grubbs

Download the printable Men’s Division Guide

∆ – Elective Class
◊ – Performance Class
‡ – Required class

Program Registration

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