Meet the Otto M. Budig Academy staff
The Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy Staff works to ensure the professional and artistic growth of Otto M. Budig Academy students.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Hairston began her early ballet training at Charleston Ballet Theatre. At the age of 9, she continued her training in Columbia, South Carolina under the direction of Ann Brodie at the Calvert Brodie School of Dance and later went on to graduate from the North Carolina School of the Arts.Read more
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Zack Grubbs began his dance training at Tuzer Ballet to supplement his education as a competitive gymnast. He continued his ballet training at the University of Utah under Attila Ficzere and trained with companies across the country including Boston Ballet, where he was a company dancer for four years. Grubbs came to Cincinnati Ballet in 2002, was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and Senior Soloist in 2008.Read more
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dawn Kelly received the majority of her training at The Boston Ballet School where she studied under famed teacher and coach Tatiana Legat and her daughter Elena Solovieva.Read more