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2021-2022 Class Enrollment

Registration is open for 2021-2022 Academy programs!

Adult Dance + Fitness

In-person classes are back with an expanded schedule and new offerings!

New Students

We’d love to meet you so we can connect you to programs and future enrollment opportunities.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy is the area’s preeminent dance 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 six school year divisions, adult fitness classes and specialized summer training programs.

Closure Notice for Tuesday, February 16: Due to winter weather conditions, all in-person classes will be held virtually. Virtual classes will continue as normally scheduled.

Did you know Otto M. Budig Academy alumni are employed by professional dance companies around the globe?

March 12 Update: Spring Break Extension Announcement

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 classical 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 Ginger Johnson, Vice President of Academy + Education, and Sarah Hairston, Academy Director, the Otto M. Budig Academy provides classical ballet training at its finest.

Summer Intensives

June 21 – July 30, 2021

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.

Spring Production 2020

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!

Friends Dance Free Week

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!

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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2021-2022 Academy Registration

During the 2021-2022 Season, Cincinnati Ballet opens the doors to our brand new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. Our new home features expanded Academy programming for students of all ages. Registration is open. Come join us!

Select your division below to learn more or to register.

Academy Open House

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Join us for a day of free fun in celebration of the grand opening of the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. The family friendly event features free performances, classes, activities and more!

Programs by Division

Children’s Division

For students ages 2 – 7

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Preparatory Division

For students ages 8 – 12

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Young Dancer Division

For students ages 10 – 14

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Advanced Division

For students ages 12 – 18

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Community Division

For students ages 10 – 17

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Professional Training Division

For students ages 16 and up

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Adult Dance + Fitness

For students ages 18 and up

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Summer Dance Programs

Summer Group All Ages

For students ages 5 – 24

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Academy Resources

Forms, newsletters & resources for current Academy Students & Families

Contact the Academy

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Email: cbacademy@cballet.org
Phone: 513-562-1111
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Location: 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH

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