Collegiate Intensive

PrintCincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is an intimate training program produced in partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music to serve the unique needs of serious dancers in pursuit of higher education. For 6 weeks, students train with world-renowned guest faculty as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership and CCM’s Undergraduate Dance Department faculty. With a foundational focus on ballet technique and performance, students also develop versatility in contemporary, modern and composition. One-on-one mentoring and coaching are hallmarks of the program as students focus on careers or graduate programs upon college graduation. Participants are considered for candidacy for the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division and year-round programs.

Students must be 18 years old by the program start date to be eligible.

June 21 – July 30, 2021

Summer Guest Faculty

International Guest Faculty

Paul Boos

Jose Carayol

Lauren Fadeley

Jennifer Golonka

Kirk Peterson

Sarah Van Patten

Francis Veyette

Sarah Wroth

Sabir Yapparov

Collegiate Intensive Training

Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive focuses on the sophisticated needs and vocational focus of the collegiate dancer. Students engage in full-day training to refine technique and artistry at professional level standards while exploring disciplines and career pathways in other dance-related fields. Guest faculty and lecturers not only teach within the program but also provide mentorship and experienced perspectives from careers on stage, behind the scenes and in the studio.


Industry connections: World-class guest and resident faculty including Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership
Personal coaching: Intimate class sizes provide individual focus and mentorship from faculty
Versatile training: Rigorous ballet-focused curriculum with supplemental courses in contemporary, modern, repertoire, conditioning, character and more
Career workshops: Seminars explore careers in dance beyond performance including choreography, production and administration, among others
Performance: Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions

Collegiate Intensive serves as a vital entry point into the Otto M. Budig Academy Professional Training Division and year-round programs.

Merit scholarships available for select students (awarded during the audition process).

Collegiate Intensive Tuition

Six-Week Session: $3,000
Three-Week Session: $1,800

plus a one-time registration fee

Collegiate Intensive Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day look like?
Collegiate Intensive students dance Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with approximately an hour break for lunch. A typical day may include:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Ballet Technique
12:15 – 1:45 pm: Variations, Repertoire or Men’s Class
1:45 – 2:45 pm: Lunch Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm: Modern, Contemporary or Choreography
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Conditioning, Musical Theater or Character
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Career or Guest Artist Workshop, Stretch Class or Coaching

How big are classes?
One of the major benefits of the Collegiate Intensive program is its size. The program is typically limited to 20 – 25 students giving participants a significant degree of individual access to and personal attention from faculty and guest artists.

Which technical styles does the Collegiate Intensive curriculum focus on?
Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is focused intently on building professional aptitude in dancers. The program is strongly ballet-based and focused on developing the versatility and individual artistry required for success in today’s professional dance world. The Academy’s resident faculty teach in the aesthetic of Cincinnati Ballet’s professional Company which blends Vaganova, Balanchine and American technical styles. With the added support of our world-class summer guest faculty, students are further exposed to a wide range of technical and artistic influences. Students may take classes in the following:

Variations & Repertoire
Partnering (pending)
Musical Theater
Hip Hop
Stretch, Conditioning & Pilates
Seminars & Workshops

What makes the Collegiate Intensive unique from Summer Intensive?
While both programs focus intently on building professional aptitude in dancers, the Collegiate Intensive also prepares students for careers beyond the stage within a community of academically-minded peers. Through choreographic exploration and professional workshops in everything ranging from artistic direction and production to education and arts administration, participants have opportunities to explore secondary passions in dance. The program’s intimate size also provides unparalleled access to faculty as well as individual mentorship from both Cincinnati Ballet and University of Cincinnati faculty. Stewarded by the Collegiate Intensive Director, students also have opportunity to shape parts of the program’s focus through their own areas of interest.

Are students permitted to attend for a duration other than three or six weeks?
No. Cincinnati Ballet does not permit late arrivals or early departures.

Are Collegiate Intensive students considered for Cincinnati Ballet’s year-round programs?
Yes! During each three-week session, our resident faculty host an audition which is open to all Collegiate Intensive participants. Cincinnati Ballet actively recruits to its Professional Training Division and year-round programs through our Collegiate Intensive.

Is there a benefit to the three-week or six-week program?
Summer training is essential for professionally driven dancers, and as such, we encourage students to dance as much as possible over the summer. We hope students join us for the full six weeks so they can take advantage of the full breadth of the program as well as the diverse faculty involved. Three-week sessions are also offered to allow for flexibility as dancers plan their summers.

Is there a culminating performance?
Yes! Students in the six-week and second three-week sessions join our Summer Intensive students in a culminating performance workshop which is open to visiting friends and family.

Does Cincinnati Ballet offer scholarships or financial aid?
Cincinnati Ballet offers a limited number of merit scholarships to select students during the summer program audition process. All scholarship offers are indicated in student acceptance letters.

Housing Resources

Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive does not feature a formal residence program. However the following housing resources are available for students traveling from outside the greater Cincinnati area.

Collegiate Intensive Auditions

Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is by audition only. Students must be 18 years of age by program start to be eligible. This season, students have several ways in which to audition. Please see the webpage below for audition information.

Program Registration

Online registration is made available to accepted candidates in correspondence following their audition. If you’ve received an acceptance letter and are having trouble with registration, please contact us at cbacademy@cballet.org or 513.562.1111.

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