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!

2019 International Guest Faculty

Paul Boos

Jose Carayol

Lauren Fadeley

Carla Körbes

McCree O’Kelley

Kirk Peterson

Amy Seiwert

Francis Veyette

Sabir Yapparov

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 training experience focused on cultivating technical and artistic excellence while bringing to life the rigors of a professional company environment. Summer Intensive serves as 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

Training Program Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day look like?
Summer Intensive students dance Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with approximately an hour break for lunch. A typical day may include:

9:30 – 11:30 am: Ballet Technique
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Pointe or Men’s Class
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:45 pm: Partnering or Variations
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Modern, Contemporary or Character
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Conditioning, Repertoire or Guest Artist Workshop
All levels regularly take pointe and partnering classes

How big are classes?
We believe intimate class sizes are important for a student’s growth and personal development. Classes are typically limited to 20 – 30 dancers depending on level.

What’s the curriculum focus of Summer Intensive?
Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive is focused intently on building professional aptitude in dancers. The program is strongly ballet based and focused on developing the versatility and individual artistry required for success in today’s professional dance world. The Academy’s resident faculty teach in the aesthetic of Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company which is a fusion of Vaganova, Balanchine and American technical styles. With the added support of our world-class summer guest faculty, students are further exposed to a wide range of technical and artistic influences. Students also take classes in modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, choreography, and character, among others, to build a broad dance repertoire.

Are students permitted to attend for a duration other three or six weeks?
No. Cincinnati Ballet does not permit late arrivals or early departures.

Are Summer Intensive students considered for Cincinnati Ballet’s year-round programs?
Yes! During each three-week session, our resident faculty host an audition which is open to all Summer Intensive participants. Cincinnati Ballet actively recruits to its Main and Professional Training Division programs as well as to Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company through our Summer Intensive.

Is there a benefit to the three-week or six-week program?
Summer training is essential for professionally-aspiring young dancers in maintaining strength and skill, as well as growing as an artist. With that in mind, we encourage students to dance as much as they can over the summer. Cincinnati Ballet offers three- and six-week sessions to allow for flexibility as families and dancers plan their summers.

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.

Resident Program Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do students stay?
Summer Intensive students are housed in a residence hall on Xavier University’s campus. The residence hall is staffed with a Dorm Supervisor and Resident Assistants who plan activities for students and are available to help in any way students may need. The hall is also located just half a block from Xavier University’s Police station for added peace of mind!

How far is housing from the Ballet Center?
Housing is five miles, or about a fifteen-minute drive, from the Cincinnati Ballet Center.

How are students transported?
Students are transported by bus each day between the dorms and the Cincinnati Ballet Center. Buses are also provided for all weekend activities.

What are student rooms like?
Student dorm rooms are suite-style, meaning students will have a roommate and share a bathroom and common area with other Summer Intensive students. The spaces are fully furnished with each student having a twin-size bed, a desk, a chair, and a wardrobe for their personal needs. The common area boasts a couch, armchairs, end tables, and a dining table and chairs. Internet and cable hookups are available in each suite.

Which meals are included in the Resident Program?
The Resident Program includes three meals each weekday (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals on Saturdays and Sundays (brunch and dinner). Breakfast, brunch and dinner feature cafeteria-style dining, giving students a lot of options! Each week, students pre-order packed lunches which they pick up each weekday morning to take with them to the Ballet Center. The dining hall is in the same building as the residence hall which makes meal time easy! Xavier’s dining staff is exceptional at supporting the specific needs of those students with allergies and dietary restrictions.

What do students do in the evenings and on weekends?
The Resident Leadership Team plans weekly group activities to foster community within the building. Each weekend day features a chaperoned, offsite activity which students are encouraged to sign up for! On days when students do not have an activity or decide not to participate, they can have downtime in the residence hall or enjoy on-campus amenities! There is also an optional Target trip halfway through each program session to allow students to stock up on essentials.

What amenities are available?
Students have access to the Sports Center at Xavier University for a discounted fee, which includes exercise equipment, a pool, and racquetball courts. Xavier’s campus also boasts basketball and volleyball courts, a student center, plentiful greenspace, a barbecue area, and has restaurants to which students may walk.

Are there any additional costs?
The only items not covered by tuition and housing costs are weekend activities, sports center memberships, apparel and merchandise, laundry and any additional food your student may desire to purchase. Students are encouraged to bring a limited amount of spending money to use for souvenirs or snacks during weekend activities.

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!

Online preregistration for each location closes the Thursday prior to the audition date at 11:59 PM (EST). Students who miss this deadline may still register on site during the registration and check-in period.

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

Summer Intensive Audition Tour

The 2019 Summer Intensive Audition Tour has concluded for the season.
Please join us next year in a city near you! The 2019 Tour included auditions in:

Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Bloomington, IN
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH
Columbia, SC
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Portland, ME
Toledo, OH
Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
Washington, DC

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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