First Class Free

New students ages 2-8 are invited to try their first class free!

2016-2017 Academy Classes

Still accepting registration! Join us for the 2016-2017 Academy year!

Student Resources

Forms, newsletters & resources for current Academy Students

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is the area’s preeminent classical ballet training program. With a mission to inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance, we serve students and families throughout the greater Cincinnati area through pre-professional dance training, unparalleled performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty the Academy offers comprehensive dance education through three school year divisions and specialized summer training programs.

January 23 Weather Update: Contemporary and Adult Intermediate Ballet are canceled. All other classes continuing as normally scheduled.

The Academy will be closed Monday, September 5 in honor of the Labor Day holiday.

Did you know Cincinnati Ballet Academy alumni are employed by professional dance companies around the globe?

Excellence taught daily

Founded in 1997, the primary goal of the Otto M. Budig Academy is to provide excellence in technical and artistic training and to inspire a love of dance. With a curriculum based in the Vaganova tradition, instruction is also infused with the 20th & 21st century influences which have developed in classical ballet over the past 60 years. Academy students enjoy the opportunity to enrich their lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts. The guiding principles of the Academy are to teach, challenge and inspire students to achieve their highest goals in a nurturing and positive environment.

Unparalleled opportunities

The unique connection to Cincinnati Ballet provides unparalleled performance opportunities for selected students as well as invaluable networking and employment resources for advanced students. Led by Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of Cincinnati Ballet, and Sarah Hairston, Director of Academy, the Otto M. Budig Academy provides classical ballet training at its finest.

Meet the New Academy Leadership

After taking their final bow as Cincinnati Ballet Dancers, Sarah Hairston and Zack Grubbs join Dawn Kelly as the new Otto M. Budig Academy leadership. Hear how their 45 years of combined experience will hone the future of talented young dancers from around the world.

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First Class Free

For new students ages 2 to 8

This October through December, the Academy invites new students ages 2 to 8 to try their first class free. If they enroll within a week of their free class, we’ll waive their registration fee. Contact us to schedule your free class today!

2016-2017 Registration

Registration is open!

Children’s Division

Building Creativity, Confidence and Capacity Through Dance.
For students ages 2-7

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Main Division

Where Futures Take Flight.
For students ages 8-18

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Adult Division

Dance That’s Timeless.
For students ages 18 and up.

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From classes for four years old up to our nationally recognized Summer Intensive program, Cincinnati Ballet offers a summer dance program to enhance the skills and techniques needed to become a ballet dancer.

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Contact the Academy

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Phone: 513-562-1111
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Location: 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH

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