Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive partners with professionally aspiring students through an immersive dance experience designed to cultivate individual potential. For six weeks, students step into a professional company environment where they benefit from full days of dance, the support of world class faculty and a community of like-minded peers. Through intensive ballet curriculum students hone technical capacity supplemented by classes in other dance genres and topics to support the versatility required in today’s dance world. Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive focuses intently on the development of students as dance artists through engagement in challenging repertoire and coaching by internationally renowned guest faculty as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.

With three and six week sessions available, students have intimate access to Cincinnati Ballet’s finest resources as well as the opportunity to take advantage of Cincinnati’s rich cultural landscape through weekend and evening trips to Great American Ballpark, Kings Island, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, among others. Students from outside the greater Cincinnati area may also participate in our Resident Program at Xavier University.

Expanded to 6 weeks!

June 17 – July 26, 2019

2019 International Guest Faculty

Announcement coming soon!

2018 International Guest Faculty

Paul Boos

Gino Di Marco

Susan Jaffe

McCree O’Kelley

Kirk Peterson

Adam Sklute

Adriana Suarez

Michael Vernon

Sabir Yapparov

Resident Faculty

Victoria Morgan

Sarah Hairston

Zack Grubbs

Dawn Kelly

Courtney Hellebuyck

Intensive Training with Incredible Results

Cincinnati Ballet Academy’s rigorous curriculum focuses on both the technical and artistic aspects of ballet technique, while weaving in other dance forms such as jazz, modern, character and contemporary ballet and improvisation to cultivate highly proficient and versatile dancers. Partnering class is also a part of the curriculum for all levels. For those students enrolled in the second three-week or six-week sessions, the program culminates in an informal performance workshop in the Cincinnati Ballet Center’s own Mickey Jarson Kaplan Theater. Summer Intensive graduates have gone on to accept contracts with companies throughout the world including Cincinnati Ballet.

Summer Intensive Features

  • International guest faculty
  • Intimate class sizes of 25 students or less
  • Culminating performance workshop
  • 3 and 6 week sessions available
  • Residential program available for students outside the greater Cincinnati area
  • Scholarships available for select students
  • Cincinnati Ballet Second Company members may be selected through Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive Training

An immersive curriculum focused on technical and artistic excellence in a professional company setting. Summer Intensive serves a vital entry point into the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division and year-round programs as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company. Summer Intensive graduates have gone on to accept contracts with companies throughout the world including Cincinnati Ballet.

Training Program Features:

  • International guest faculty
  • Intensive curriculum in ballet technique, pointe, variations, repertoire and partnering
  • Supplemental curriculum in contemporary, modern, Pilates, character and more
  • Six and three week session options
  • Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions
  • Residential program for traveling students
  • Merit scholarships available for select students (awarded during the audition tour)
  • Summer Intensive participants are considered for candidacy for the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company

Summer Intensive Tuition

6 week session

$ 2,970

June 17 – July 26

3 week session

$ 1,785

June 17 – July 5 or July 8 – 26

Summer Work Study Program

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive offers several unique opportunities for select students or parents to provide essential program service and support in exchange for compensation and/or housing credit. We are currently seeking candidates for the following roles:
Dorm Supervisor
Resident Assistant
Weekend Chaperone

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.

Residential Program Pricing

Coming soon

Residential Program Pricing

6 week session

$ 3,270

June 17 – July 26

3 week session

$ 1,800

June 17 – July 5 or July 8 – 26

Summer Intensive Auditions

Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students must be 12 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). Photos may be in color or black and white and may be any size. 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 shairston@cballet.org 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 shairston@cballet.org.

Summer Intensive Audition Tour

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

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

COCA
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

BalletMet
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

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Online registration is made available to accepted candidates in correspondence following their audition. If you’ve received an acceptance letter and are having trouble with registration, please contact us at 513.562.1111. To review Cincinnati Ballet’s registration and withdrawal policy, please click the link below.

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