Cincinnati Ballet’s CincyDance! presented by Cincinnati Bell program provides free dance classes and dance attire to young people with no previous formal dance training. We aspire to take a long-term approach to exposing children from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to dance, and to give them the chance to learn both the discipline and the joy of dance in a safe, structured and supportive environment. The CincyDance! program consists of three parts: The First Steps Residency, Ballet Foundations, and ultimately The Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy Experience.


2014-2015:participating schools: Bond Hill Academy, Hays-Porter elementary, St. Joseph's school, Evanston Academy, Ockerman Elementary, Glenn O. Swing Elementary, Ft. Wright Elementary, Winton Hills Academy, St. Boniface, Holy Family, St. Francis Seraph, Corryville Catholic, Winton Montessori, CHCA Otto Armleder Academy, Academy of World Languages, Winton Academy, St. Francis de Sales, Rees E. Price Academy and Fredrick Douglass Elementary.

First Steps Residency (all third graders)

  • Each fall, professional faculty from Cincinnati Ballet will provide six-week dance workshops for third grade students at selected schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Through these weekly one-hour presentations students will be introduced to dance basics, specifically ballet.  A selected group of students who show a strong interest and natural aptitude for dance will be invited to attend the Ballet Foundations program at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.  

Ballet Foundations (selected third graders from First Step Residency)

  • Ballet Foundations includes a tuition-free, 20-week program designed specifically for those students chosen from the First Steps Residency portion of CincyDance! (approximately five students from each school will go on to participate in Ballet Foundations). Hour-long classes consist of ballet supplemented by other dance disciplines, including modern, jazz and hip-hop. Classes are held at Cincinnati Ballet Center Downtown Studios.

  • Students participating in Ballet Foundations are supplied with adequate ballet attire including leotards, tights and ballet shoes. 

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy Experience

Students chosen by Cincinnati Ballet Academy staff may continue full-time dance training through the Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy Experience with scholarships awarded on a basis of financial need and/or merit. At this point students may attend Cincinnati Ballet Academy classes at the studio location that is most convenient for their families: Downtown Cincinnati or Blue Ash.

For more information please contact Julie Sunderland, (513) 562-1124 or






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