Academy Open House

In celebration of the grand opening of Cincinnati Ballet’s Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, the Otto M. Budig Academy invites you to join us for our 2021 Academy Open House! The free event is an opportunity to discover all the Academy has to offer from free sample classes, performances, family activities and much more! Come meet our faculty and staff, explore our programs and enjoy our expansive new campus for a day of free fun.

There’s no need to RSVP. Just join us! Doors will be open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A more detailed activity schedule is included below.


The Otto M. Budig Academy is thrilled to present the 2021 Academy Open House as part of the grand opening celebrations of Cincinnati Ballet’s new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Grand Opening Weekend is presented by:


The full event runs from 12:00 to 5:00 pm

12:00 pm Doors Open
12:15 – 1:45 pm Sample Classes (ages 2 – adult)
2:00 – 2:30 pm Performance
2:45 – 4:00 pm Sample Classes (ages 2 – adult)
4:15 – 4:45 pm Performance
5:00 pm Event concludes

Activity Information

Sample Classes: Join us for a free dance class experience! Throughout the event, our expert faculty will be offering sample classes for students of all ages and experience levels. A detailed sample class schedule along with opportunity to reserve your spot will be available soon.

Performances: Enjoy a free performance on our outdoor performance plaza. Each 30-minute performance features the Academy’s Professional Training Division dancers in selections from beloved family friendly ballets and original works. Tickets aren’t required. Simply gather with us on the plaza and enjoy!

Live Music & Food: Between each performance, our friends from the Cincinnati Music Accelerator will be performing on the performance plaza. Guests can also enjoy a snack or treat from one of the local food vendors on site.

Activities & Information Booths: Throughout the duration of the event, we’ll have craft activities available for our younger guests as well as photo opportunities to snap a picture with Academy dancers. Guests can also learn more about our programs, meet the Academy + Education team, and explore our partners at information booths inside the Center for Dance.

Sample Class Schedule

Pre-registration for sample classes is now closed but space remains available in most classes. Attendees still have opportunity to register on site so please visit our Class Sign-up Table when you arrive.

Creative Dance Class – Ages 2-4 12:15 – 12:45
Creative Dance Class – Ages 2-4 2:45 – 3:15
Creative Dance Class – Ages 5-7 12:15 – 12:45
Creative Dance Class – Ages 5-7 2:45 – 3:15
Ballet Class – Ages 8-12 1:00 – 1:45
Ballet Class – Ages 8-12 3:30 – 4:15
Contemporary Class —Ages 10-17 12:15 – 12:45
Musical Theater Class —Ages 10-17 2:45 – 3:15
Ballet Basics Class – Ages 18 and up 1:00 – 1:45
Pilates Class – Ages 18 and up 3:30 – 4:15
Placement Class – Ages 8-17 12:15 – 1:15


Guests are encouraged to take advantage of available public street parking or park in the gravel lot to the south of the building, compliments of Cincinnati Parks. To access the gravel lot, use the entrance just past the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance (when driving southbound on Gilbert Avenue).

COVID-19 Safety

Cincinnati Ballet will adhere to, and monitor guidelines encouraged by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for all Grand Opening Celebrations. The Academy Open House relies heavily on use of our outdoor spaces. During the event, masks are optional for all outdoor activity and required for all indoor activity.


Contact us at: 513-562-1111 or cbacademy@cballet.org

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