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Otto M. Budig Academy Professional Training Division students


New Students

2022-2023 Academy registration

The Otto M. Budig Academy invites new students to join us for the 2022-2023 Season! To explore programs by division, please use the Academy Programs menu above. To access program registration, please click below.

First Class Free

This fall, the Otto M. Budig Academy invites new students of all ages to try their first class for FREE! Visit the link below for more information or to sign up.

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academy + education

With a mission to enrich lives, inspire excellence, and cultivate community through the power of dance, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy serves the greater Cincinnati area through world-class dance education programs. Whether students aspire to dance as a profession or pursue it as a personal passion, we believe dance training allows them to unleash potential that proves impactful in all areas of their lives. Led by nationally recognized faculty, our guiding principles are to teach, challenge, and inspire the whole student to achieve their highest goals in a nurturing and positive environment.

We offer:

  • Pre-professional training 
  • Children’s and youth dance programs 
  • Adult dance and fitness classes
  • Dance education for K – 12 schools
  • Adaptive dance programs
Two professsional training division students

unparalleled opportunities

As the official school of Cincinnati Ballet, the Otto M. Budig Academy offers intimate access to the region’s preeminent professional ballet company. Academy students train in the same spaces as our professional dancers, have the opportunity to perform in mainstage Company productions, receive exclusive invitations and discounts, and connect to invaluable mentorship and career resources. The up-close connection to our professional dance community creates extraordinary student experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

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community center for dance

In 2021 Cincinnati Ballet opened its doors to the new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. The iconic space serves as a full-service community center for dance with accessible programs available to all ages and abilities. In addition to our signature ballet training, the Center for Dance features classes in a wide variety of dance styles, adult dance and fitness programs, and community performances and events. If you’re exploring dance for the first or the 50th time, this is your home. Come join us!

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy

Academy Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in the Otto M. Budig Academy! We’d love to connect you to upcoming program and event information within the Academy. To get started, please tell us about yourself.

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contact The Academy




1801 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202