Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is the area’s preeminent classical ballet training program. With a mission to inspire excellence through the power 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, adult fitness classes and specialized summer training programs.
Did you know Otto M. Budig Academy alumni are employed by professional dance companies around the globe?
March 12 Update: Spring Break Extension Announcement
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.
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 Ginger Johnson, Vice President of Academy + Education, and Sarah Hairston, Academy Director, the Otto M. Budig Academy provides classical ballet training at its finest.
June 29 – August 7, 2020
Video audition deadline extended to May 1, 2020!
Cincinnati Ballet’s summer programs couple challenging training with an engaging and supportive environment in order to ensure dancers maximize their potential and make important industry connections. Our training standards set students up for success in today’s professional dance world and expose them to Cincinnati Ballet’s diverse artistic aesthetic.
Join us for our season-culminating performance celebration! All Main & Children’s Division performances are held at the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Tickets now on sale!
January 6 – 12, 2020
Our favorite New Year’s tradition is dancing with new friends. From January 6 – 12, Cincinnati Ballet’s Dance & Fitness Division invites new adult students to try our adult classes for free. Current students, bring a new friend and you dance for free too!
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.Read more