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Cincinnati Ballet Introduces New Event Series, Ballet Plus

Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to announce a brand new event series called Ballet Plus. Throughout the 2017-2108 Season, Cincinnati Ballet will host five fun, after-hours events at various popular locations around the city, including the Cincinnati Ballet Center located at 1555 Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience an insider’s view […]

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Travis Wall, The Kaplan New Works Series

Travis Wall Brings His Unique Style to Cincinnati Ballet in New Works

“I’m very confident in storytelling,” Travis Wall, choreographer and Artistic Director of Shaping Sound Dance Company, said. “Something I can do is create a story with no words and get that across to an audience.” That is exactly what Travis Wall brings to Cincinnati Ballet’s The Kaplan New Works Series September, 14-24 at the Aronoff […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Launches New, Annual Family Series with Beauty and the Beast

Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new, annual Family Series, with an inaugural production of Beauty and the Beast, featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center, with six performances […]

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Walnut Hills High School Senior Joins Professional Training Division

Sometimes in life, it takes losing something to truly know what it means to us. This sentiment rings true for Vivian LaCerda, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division, who discovered her intense passion for dance after an injury put her on the sidelines. After suffering from a hip injury going into seventh grade, […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Brings Dance Back to Historic Music Hall

Cincinnati Ballet joins Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, and May Festival, as a Cincinnati Music Hall resident performing company, with three productions in the 2017-2018 Season. Cincinnati Ballet’s participation in the five-week Music Hall Grand Opening celebration will include six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, October 26 through […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Professional Training Division Renee Castonguay

Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division Welcomes Student From the West Coast

“No one was asking me to change how I was dancing, just asking me to let go and be more free. That’s what I loved,” Renee Castonguay, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s newly formed Professional Training Division, said referring to her Summer Intensive experience. Castonguay, originally from Huntington Beach, CA, joins students from around the […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy Launches Professional Training Division

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy launched a new initiative entitled the Professional Training Division (PTD) on Monday, August 7, 2017. The 38-week program, led by the Academy Director of Training and former Cincinnati Ballet Principal, Sarah Hairston, is designed to support the transition from ballet student to professional dancer. It focuses on developing each […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents The Kaplan New Works Series

Celebrating its 13th year, The Kaplan New Work Series opens Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking 2017-2018 Season September 14-24 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The series offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting world premieres by today’s most innovative choreographers. This year’s program includes special guest Travis Wall, best known for his work on […]

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Arts ‘level up’ with newly renovated Music Hall

http://www.soapboxmedia.com/features/072517-music-hall-renovation-welcome-back.aspx

Cincinnati’s art world will undergo a tectonic change as it welcomes area residents back to the historic Over-the-Rhine home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival. In its refurbished and expanded form, it’s sure to invoke jealousy in cities across America and around the world.

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Tired of bar-hopping? Here are 9 ways young professionals can plug into the city’s rich arts scene

http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/tired-of-bar-hopping-here-are-9-ways-young-professionals-can-plug-into-the-citys-rich-arts-scene

Using the arts to connect young professionals to the city, encouraging them to develop friendships and relationships that will keep them and their talents in the region, also is one of the key tenets for ArtsWave, Greater Cincinnati’s leading arts agency.

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Nutcracker Young Performers Auditions

VIEW THE NUTCRACKER 2017 KIDS CAST  Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. Download Young Performers Auditions Information sheet. Currently enrolled Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students ONLY A $20 […]

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Cincinnati Ballet hosts “Choreographing Confidence” Workshop Presented by Always

Cincinnati Ballet presents Choreographing Confidence, a dance and leadership workshop, through the generous support of Always, June 17 at 1 pm at the Over-the-Rhine studios located at 1555 Central Parkway. More than 100 young women ages 10-17 will spend the afternoon learning, interacting with mentors, and engaging in activities with a focus on developing confidence […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Expands and Reorganizes Leadership Team

Executive Director Scott Altman announces the administrative reorganization and expansion of Cincinnati Ballet’s leadership team with the addition of respected nonprofit leader Tanya Cornejo as Vice President of External Affairs. The newly imagined role has been added to the leadership team as part of Cincinnati Ballet’s long-term strategy for sustained growth and advancement. “I am […]

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The artist “Swoon” with her set for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER

CityBeat: Ballet, CAC to Showcase Street Artist ‘Swoon’

http://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/visual-arts/article/20858720/ballet-cac-to-showcase-street-artist-swoon

Using humble materials, temporary approaches and by “getting up” enough work on the street, by the mid-2000s Swoon was becoming familiar enough that she had already sold pieces to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and had a solo show at Deitch Projects gallery — all this merely a few years out of college.

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ArtsWave: Cincinnati Ballet’s sensory-friendly Swan Lake, Jr. takes place March 19

http://www.theartswave.org/impact/ripple-effect-blog/artswave-blog/2017/03/10/cincinnati-ballet%27s-sensory-friendly-swan-lake-jr.-takes-place-march-19

The sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 5pm, designed to create a welcoming and inviting experience for patrons and children with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. These adjustments include gentle lighting and sound, on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment, complete with designated break spaces.

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CityBeat: Superstar Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s unique Gaga style of contemporary dance comes to Cincinnati Ballet

http://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/dance/article/20854980/superstar-israeli-choreographer-ohad-naharins-unique-gaga-style-of-contemporary-dance-comes-to-cincinnati-ballet

Authenticity shouldn’t be hard to find in Bold Moves. Both choreographers are bringing their personal stories to the table and translating them into a performance that’s reflective of their lives, but also open to interpretation from the audience.

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Dance USA: Family-Friendly Programming Helps Dance Organizations Attract Fans and See What’s Beyond the Box Office

http://danceusa.org/ejournal/2017/02/28/family-friendly-programming-helps-dance-organizations-attract-fans

“I think getting people moving is the answer to getting people hooked,” says Cincinnati Ballet director of education Julie Sunderland. “I want you to come see the ballet, but I also want to find that person who learns from an arts-integrated lesson in a way they couldn’t otherwise.”

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DanceMagazine.com: Cincinnati Ballet Bets on Women Choreographers

http://dancemagazine.com/news/cincinnati-ballet-bets-women-choreographers/

Not only is Cincinnati Ballet’s ratio of men to women choreographers balanced, but the season is artistically balanced, too. Look at the rest of the programming: master works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, company premieres from Justin Peck and former Houston Ballet dancer Garrett Smith and a world premiere from SYTYCD favorite Travis Wall.

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Cincinnati.com: Tweaking perfection: King Arthur’s Camelot gets a redo

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/theater/2017/02/02/tweaking-perfection-king-arthurs-camelot-gets-redo/97400176/

Writers have the opportunity to edit text before it’s read. Musicians refine music before it is performed. Filmmakers pore over films frame by frame to fine-tune the finished product. Choreographers rarely have that sort of chance. So when they do get it, they embrace it with a vengeance.

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Return to Music Hall

When Music Hall reopens in the Fall of 2017, Cincinnati Ballet will join our fellow arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival as a resident company. Starting in the 2017-2018 Season, three of our productions will be presented at Music Hall, including Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, with a classic Sergei Prokofiev score, as well as our beloved Nutcracker. We are thrilled to bring ballet back to the Music Hall stage!

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Cincinnati.com: Cincinnati Ballet goes all ‘road trip’ to perform at the nation’s capital

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For these young dancers – they range from 17 to somewhere in their mid-30s – the sense of excitement is palpable. They’re giggly and chattering as they wait to board the bus. For many of them this is the their first-ever tour.

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New Nutcracker Knowledge

How much do you know about Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker? In this video, we collected some little known facts about Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker so you can feel like an insider before you get to the theater. If you’re already an expert, we have even more fun facts below! Did you know? Over 100 children […]

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Cincinnati.com: Cincy Ballet’s Victoria Morgan: The woman who changed everything

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/arts/2016/09/08/cincy-ballets-victoria-morgan-woman-who-changed-everything/89908426/

By staying in Cincinnati, Morgan has reigned over a period that has seen its share of tumult and triumphs, crises and conquests. But as she begins her 20th season as Cincinnati Ballet’s leader – the season opens Sept. 16 – she can look to a list of accomplishments that would make any business leader proud.

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Cincinnati Ballet to Present during The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference

The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition will hold The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 7, 2016 from 8 am – 3:45 pm. The conference aims to strengthen and support communities through recreational music making. Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Sunderland, will be on hand to present during the Creativity & Wellness […]

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Meet the Artists – Director’s Choice

Studio Experience: Event: April 19, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Purchase your Director’s Choice tickets here! Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Director’s Choice rehearsals 6:15 […]

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Director’s Choice | Groundbreaking Female Choreographers

Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation featuring works by four groundbreaking female choreographers. The diverse yet balanced evening curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan includes Jessica Lang’s A Solo in Nine Parts, Heather Britt’s Habitual, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows and a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald. Audiences have three opportunities to […]

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Director’s Choice Trailer

Despite the fact that a majority of ballet dancers are women, positions as choreographers are still predominantly held by men. As one of only a handful of women in leadership positions, Artistic Directors & CEO Victoria Morgan has flipped the status-quo for Director’s Choice by exclusively featuring groundbreaking female choreographers. For the first time ever, Cincinnati […]

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Hope after Death – Cylindrical Shadows

“It takes a while to let go,” says Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, choreographer of Cylindrical Shadows. “Once they pass away, it takes time… to accept that this phone number doesn’t exist anymore. You know you have to let go, but the phone number, the messages… you’re still keeping it.” For Ochoa, there’s more to death than […]

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Sarah Hairston talks Wild Sweet Love

She’s been dancing her entire life, but Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston says Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love, the title piece of Cincinnati’s mixed repertoire on March 18 & 19, is the most physically demanding ballet of her career. We caught up with Sarah after rehearsals to talk about working with Trey McIntyre, the demanding role and […]

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Meet the Artists – Wild Sweet Love

Studio Experience: March 1, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Wild Sweet Love rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel […]

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Wild Sweet Love | A Triple Bill Collaboration with BalletMet Columbus

Cincinnati Ballet presents a triple bill in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus March 18 and 19 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program includes George Balanchine’s Who Cares? performed by Cincinnati Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, Age of Innocence performed by BalletMet Columbus and Wild Sweet Love performed by Cincinnati Ballet. The family friendly Ballet Toybox […]

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T. Rex Dancing Ballet

Everyone please welcome Cincinnati Ballet’s latest Visiting Artist: Pas De BourRex! We periodically bring in talented artists from all over the world, but this marks the first time a Visiting Artist comes from an entirely different era (not to mention species)! Enjoy the T Rex ballerina video, we hope it brightens up your week!

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Eric Van Wyk: Cinderella Puppet Design

Eric Van Wyk received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland—College Park and his B.A. in Fine Arts from Dordt College. His credits at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Minneapolis include being scenic designer for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, puppet and scenic designer for The Biggest Little House […]

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Clifton Taylor: Cinderella Scenic and Lighting Designer

Clifton Taylor’s works include Oui/Non and the ballets for the Jazz Blues Project for The Washington Ballet. At the Kennedy Center, his work has been seen with National Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Sardono Dance Theater and Dance, the Spirit of Cambodia. Taylor has created lighting,  projection and scenic […]

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Peter Farmer: Cinderella Scenic and Costume Designer

Peter Farmer has designed for most of the major ballet companies in the world, including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Houston Ballet, London City Ballet, Sadlerís Wells/Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rome and Cologne Opera Houses, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New London Ballet, Ballet Rambert, […]

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Meet the Artists – Cinderella

Studio Experience: February 2, 2016 Join us at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for a full behind the scenes experience including a performance preview and a conversation with select artists. RSVP to the Cincinnati Ballet box office at 513-621-5282. Schedule of Events 5:15 – 6:15 pm | Cinderella rehearsals 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Artistic panel discussion with […]

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Patric Palkens and Abigail Morwood Win Silver at the Vienna International Ballet Experience

Principal Dancer Patric Palkens and Soloist Abigail Morwood competed with more than 200 dancers from around the world Thursday in the first Vienna International Ballet Competition held in the United States. Performing the Variation of Franz from Coppelia and the Grand Pas Classique Variation, Palkens took home a Silver Medal in the Men’s Classical category. Soloist […]

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Cinderella Returns with a Fresh New Look

Cinderella returns this Valentine’s weekend with choreography by Victoria Morgan. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the music of the legendary Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. Audiences have five opportunities to see the beloved tale come to life at the at the Aronoff Center, February 12-14. From the modern vision of Artistic Director & […]

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Meet the Artists

Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to offer Meet the Artists, a pre-performance discussion series where you will have the opportunity to meet select dancers, choreographers and members of the creative team who bring Lady of the Camellias to life.

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Choreographer Val Caniparoli

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad. He has contributed to the repertories of more than forty dance companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel […]

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Video and Dance Collide in Plotnikov’s eye on pointe taken

Viktor Plotnikov didn’t want to be a choreographer, he was pretty satisfied dancing as a Principal Dancer for Boston Ballet. But the encouragement of friends and family led him to an entirely new career as a full time choreographer. Luckily for us, this change in direction has created eye pointe taken, a ballet featuring not […]

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Hougland’s “personal favorite” ballet Returns for New Works

Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland presents two pieces in the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, including the world premiere of his latest solo piece: Fellow Traveler, and the return of All My Favorite People from Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live.   We caught up with Adam to ask what it’s like seeing his […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Closes Season with Director’s Choice

Download the 1415 Director’s Choice Press Release Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation with selections chosen specifically for Cincinnati audiences by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, including Classical Symphony, Feast of the Gods and Chasing Squirrel. “These three pieces are choreographic powerhouses,” says Morgan. “They exemplify the direction ballet is headed and changing the […]

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Overhead Videos

You’ve seen ballet from the orchestra seats. We’ve even showed you what it’s like on stage. But this time we’ve gone further… about 100 feet further in fact. We hid a camera on the set floating high above the dancers to capture Mozart’s Requiem from an impossible angle during technical rehearsals. Watch as the Cincinnati Ballet dancers practice […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Exciting Collaborations and World Premieres for 52nd Season 

Download the 1516 Season Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s 2015-2016 Season brings exciting collaborations, world premieres and the return of a beloved fairytale favorite with: The Kaplan New Works Series, Lady of the Camellias, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild Sweet Love and Director’s Choice performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Kaplan New Works […]

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Videos from the Stage

The week before opening night of ALICE (in wonderland) the Cincinnati Ballet company moved into the Aronoff Center for dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals. See Alice from angles you’ve never seen before as we pass a GoPro camera off to our dancers and join them for a first person perspective on stage!

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The Nutcracker Escorts Big Boy to Aronoff

Frisch’s has been sponsoring the Cincinnati Ballet production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker since it’s beginning in 1974! Each year Big Boy is ceremoniously escorted by the Nutcracker to his rightful place in the Aronoff Center lobby to kick off Cincinnati’s Nutcracker season.

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Cincinnati Ballet Debuts Nutcracker Performance Hosts

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Performance Hosts Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s exciting family tradition, The Nutcracker Luncheon, has evolved into Nutcracker Performance Hosts. This special event series provides an all-access, VIP experience to patrons during any one of the eleven performances of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker this December 19-27, 2014. A special opportunity for families to enjoy […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Press Release Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker returns for its 40th Anniversary December 19 through 27 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational score, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. The holiday favorite, presented since 1974, saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 world premiere, with […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Hosts Dance Theatre of Harlem

Download the 1415 Dance Theatre of Harlem Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased welcome the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to Cincinnati November 3-4 for two days of special performances and appearances, accompanied by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH. With assistance from Cincinnati Ballet’s Education & Outreach Department, DTH will pay visit to local […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Spreads Joy of Dance through Live Streaming Performance for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Download the 1415 Peter Pan Live Stream Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the November 8, 2 pm matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts will live stream directly to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, giving patients and their families the opportunity to experience the whimsical adventure without leaving […]

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Cincinnati Ballet to Host “Ballerina for a Day” with Cure Starts Now!

Download the 1415 Cure Starts Now event Press Release Cincinnati Ballet will be hosting the third annual “ballerina for a day” event with The Cure Starts Now on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for children affected by pediatric cancer. These patients and their families are invited to […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works series in Tenth Season

Download the 1415 New Works Press Release The 2014-2015 Season brings a handful of new things to Cincinnati Ballet: the tenth annual production of season opener The Kaplan New Works Series, September 11-21; the transition to New Works performances in a new space, the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts; a collaboration between […]

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