Summer Intensive

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 18 – July 27, 2018

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. Students engage in full days of dance with guest faculty as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.

Training Program Features:

  • International guest faculty
  • Intimate class sizes of 25 students or fewer
  • 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 graduates have gone on to accept contracts with companies throughout the world including Cincinnati Ballet

Summer Intensive Tuition

6 week session

$ 2,880

June 18 – July 27

3 week session

$ 1,650

June 18 – July 6 or July 9 – 27

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 Summer Intensive tuition and/or housing credit.

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

6 week session

$ 3,180

June 18 – July 27

3 week session

$ 1,695

June 18 – July 6 or July 9 – 27

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

$30 registration fee for online preregistration
$35 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 2 weeks of your audition. Should you require audition results sooner due to summer acceptance deadlines, please contact the Director of Academy Training, Sarah Hairston, at 513-562-1119 or shairston@cballet.org or contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513-562-1111.

Video Auditions

$40 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, 2018. 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 Director of Academy Training, Sarah Hairston, at shairston@cballet.org.

Summer Intensive Audition Tour

Audition registration is open. Online preregistration closes at midnight the Thursday prior to each audition date. Students may still register on site the day of their audition.

Cincinnati, OH

January 6, 2018

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Nashville, TN

January 7, 2018

Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon St, Nashville, TN
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Boston, MA

January 13, 2018

Boston Ballet (Newton Campus)
153 Needham St, Newton, MA
Registration & Check-In 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Audition 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Los Angeles, CA

January 13, 2018

The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Registration & Check-In 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Audition 1:00 – 3:00 pm

St. Louis, MO

January 13 – 14, 2018

COCA
524 Trinity Ave, University City, MO
Audition Times Vary by Age Group
Please see COCA website below for details and to register

New York, NY

January 14, 2018

Ballet Academy East
1651 Third Ave, New York, NY
Registration & Check-In 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Audition 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Chicago, IL

January 21, 2018

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

Salt Lake City, UT

January 21, 2018

Ballet West
Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Center
52 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Registration & Check-In 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Columbus, OH

January 21, 2018

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

Seattle, WA

January 26, 2018

Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Registration & Check-In 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Audition 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Portland, ME

January 27, 2018

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

Dallas, TX

January 27, 2018

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

Austin, TX

January 28, 2018

Ballet Austin
501 W Third St, Austin, TX
Registration & Check-In 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Audition 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Toledo, OH

January 28, 2018

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

Bloomington, IN

January 28, 2018

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

Cincinnati, OH

February 4, 2018

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check-In 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Audition 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Washington, DC

February 10, 2018

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

Pittsburgh, PA

February 10, 2018

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 10, 2018

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet
914 Pulaski St, Columbia, SC
Registration & Check-In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Atlanta, GA

February 11, 2018

Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA
Registration & Check-In 9:00 – 9:30 am
Audition 9:30 – 11:30 am

Louisville, KY

February 11, 2018

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