Summer Intensive

Providing excellence in training and professional advancement

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive program is designed to partner with the serious ballet student by cultivating professional potential through an immersive curriculum. Through the support of international guest faculty, students focus on technical and artistic advancement as well as versatility through classes in dance genres including jazz, modern, character, contemporary and Pilates, among others. Cincinnati Ballet offers an exceptional combination of high quality instruction and personal attention which will take each student to new levels of excellence. Class size is limited to 25 students.

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, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Riverbend, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, among others. Students from outside the greater Cincinnati area may also participate in our residential program at Xavier University.

Expanded to 6 weeks for Summer 2017!

June 12 – July 21, 2017

2017 International Guest Faculty

Jake Casey

Cynthia Gregory

Anna-Marie Holmes

Adam Hougland

Victoria Morgan

McCree O’Kelley

Kirk Peterson

Viktor Plotnikov

Larissa Ponomarenko

Sabir Yapparov

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 Guest Faculty

Cynthia Gregory
Adam Hougland
McCree O’Kelley
Viktor Plotnikov
Sabir Yapparov

*Instruction from all guest faculty based on full six-week session attendance

Summer Intensive Features

  • International guest faculty
  • Intimate class sizes of 25 students or less
  • Six and three week sessions available
  • Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions
  • Partnering classes for all levels
  • Residential program for students outside the greater Cincinnati area
  • Scholarships available for select students
  • Summer Intensive students are considered for entrance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy’s pre-professional program 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

Early Registration Discount Deadline: March 1, 2017

3 week session

$ 1,470

June 12 – 30 or July 3 – 21

  • Early registration discount: $1,425

6 week session

$ 2,700

June 12 – July 21

  • Early registration discount: $2,580

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 credit. See below for available positions and application information.

Summer Intensive Residential Program

Students from outside the greater Cincinnati area have a summer home away from home through participation in our residential program at Xavier University.

Residential Program Highlights:

  • Supervised housing available through 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, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at Riverbend, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, among others.

Residential Program Pricing

3 week session

$ 1,605

June 12 – 30 or July 3 – 21

6 week session

$ 3,060

June 12 – July 21

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 encouraged to audition in person but if they are unable to do so, video auditions are accepted. Please reference the below for audition requirements.

Live auditions

$30 registration fee for advanced preregistration
Online preregistration closes at midnight (EST) the Thursday prior to each city’s audition date
$35 registration fee in person at audition (check or cc only)
Registration fees are not refundable or transferable

Photo Requirements

All students should submit a headshot, photo of first arabesque (on pointe for ladies) and photo of tendu à la seconde. 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 2-3 weeks of your audition. Should you require audition results sooner due to summer acceptance deadlines, please contact the Director of Academy, Sarah Hairston, at 513-562-1119 or shairston@cballet.org or contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513-562-1111.

Video Auditions

$35 registration fee
Registration 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, battement dégagé, ronde de jambe, 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, 2017. 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, Sarah Hairston, at shairston@cballet.org.

Summer Intensive Audition Tour

Toledo, OH

January 8, 2017

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

Los Angeles, CA

January 8, 2017

Los Angeles Ballet Center
11755 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Registration & Check In 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Audition 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Cincinnati, OH

January 14, 2017

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check In 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Audition 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Columbus, OH

January 15, 2017

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

Bloomington, IN

January 15, 2017

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

Portland, ME

January 22, 2017

Portland Ballet
517 Forest Ave, Suite 2, Portland, ME
Registration & Check In 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Chicago, IL

January 22, 2017

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

Las Vegas, NV

January 28, 2017

Nevada Ballet Theatre
1651 Inner Circle, Las Vegas, NV
Registration & Check In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Austin, TX

January 28, 2017

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

Dallas, TX

January 29, 2017

Tuzer Dancenter
301 N Glenville Rd, Richardson, TX
Registration & Check In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Rochester, MI

January 29, 2017

Rochester School of Dance
1800 S Livernois Rd, Rochester, MI
Registration & Check In 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Audition 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Washington, DC

February 4, 2017

Maryland Youth Ballet
926 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD
Registration & Check In 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Audition 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Pittsburgh, PA

February 4, 2017

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
Registration & Check In 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Audition 3:00 – 5:00 pm

New York, NY

February 5, 2017

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

Buffalo, NY

February 5, 2017

American Academy of Ballet
491 W Klein Rd, Williamsville, NY
Registration & Check In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Columbia, SC

February 11, 2017

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 12, 2017

Atlanta Ballet
1695 Marietta Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA
Registration & Check In 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Audition 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Boston, MA

February 12, 2017

Boston Ballet (Newton Campus)
863 Washington St, Newton, MA
Registration & Check In 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Audition 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Louisville, KY

February 12, 2017

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

Cincinnati, OH

February 18, 2017

Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check In 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Audition 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Memphis, TN

February 18, 2017

Ballet Memphis
7950 Trinity Rd, Cordova, TN
Registration & Check In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Nashville, TN

February 19, 2017

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

St. Louis, MO

February 25, 2017

Saint Louis Ballet
218 THF Blvd, Chesterfield, MO
Registration & Check In 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Audition 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Kansas City, MO

February 26, 2017

Kansas City Ballet
500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO
Registration & Check In 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Audition 3:30 – 5:30 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.

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