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Main Division

Where Futures Take Flight

The Main Division program is designed to enrich students’ lives through dance while developing grace, poise, mental and physical discipline as well as an appreciation and awareness of the arts. Main Division curriculum is focused on building technically strong and versatile dancers and cultivating pre-professional potential. All classes are taught by the Otto M. Budig’s distinguished faculty including Cincinnati Ballet dancers and artistic staff.

Academy Registration

It’s not too late to register! Enrollment is open to all students through January 15th.

Registration is for the full school-year program beginning in September 2020 and concluding in May 2021. In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a $35 Registration Fee and a $120 Spring Production Fee. Please reference the class listings below when registering your student.

Did you know eight Main Division faculty members are current or former Cincinnati Ballet company dancers?

Main Division Levels

Eight levels to fit your student

The Main Division is structured on the foundation of eight successive levels of classical training with each level building upon the next. Versatility is encouraged by incorporating other dance genres through elective classes including modern, contemporary, musical theater and conditioning, among others. Performance is valued as an essential element of artistic and technical training and the Academy year culminates for all students with performance in the annual Spring Production.

Students are placed by technical level and are evaluated at the end of each school year for potential advancement into the next level. New students, age 8, will be placed in Level 1. All other new students should fill out the placement request form below and a member of the Academy staff will contact you to evaluate student placement.

Level Requirements

Level 1

Level 1 students take a minimum of two 75-minute ballet classes per week which may be supplemented with optional electives.

Level 2

Level 2 students take a minimum of two 90-minute ballet classes per week which may be supplemented with optional electives. Pre Pointe is strongly encouraged.

Level 3

Level 3 students take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which may begin to incorporate pointe work for those advanced to pointe. Classes may be supplemented by optional electives. Conditioning class is required for Level 3.

Level 4

Level 4 students take a minimum of three ballet classes per week which include pointe work for ladies as well as a conditioning requirement for all Level 4 students. Classes may be supplemented by optional electives.

Level 5

Level 5 students take a minimum of four ballet classes per week which may be supplemented with optional electives.

Level 6

Level 6 students take a minimum of five ballet classes per week as well as a class in a rotating discipline. Classes may be supplemented with optional electives.

Level 7

Level 7 students take a minimum of five ballet classes per week as well as a class in a rotating discipline. Classes may be supplemented with optional electives.

Level 8

Level 8 students take a minimum of five ballet classes per week as well as a class in a rotating discipline. Advanced Modern is also required for Level 8 students. Classes may be supplemented with optional electives.

Main Division Class Listings

Tuition prices are indicated in the printable guide at the bottom of each tab

Level 1 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of two ballet technique classes, thus fulfilling the Level 1 requirements. Elective classes are optional.

Track A
Monday 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Track B
Thursday 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 am

Track C
Tuesday 4:45 – 6:00 pm
Thursday 4:45 – 6:00 pm

Track E
Saturday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Wednesday 6:45 – 7:45 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 1 Guide

Level 2 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of two ballet technique classes, thus fulfilling the Level 2 requirements. Elective classes are optional. Pre Pointe is strongly encouraged for those looking to build strength for future advancement to pointe work.

Track A
Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45 pm
Friday 4:15 – 5:45 pm

Track B
Tuesday 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Thursday 6:15 – 7:45 pm

Track C
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Track D
Friday 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Pre Pointe Class ∆
Monday 6:30 – 7:00 pm (Virtual Class)
Wednesday 6:00 – 6:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Musical Theater Dance ∆
Wednesday 6:45 – 7:45 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 2 Guide

Level 3 students should enroll in one of the tracks designated below. Each track is equal in merit and consists of three ballet technique classes, thus fulfilling the Level 3 requirements. Level 3 students are also required to take Conditioning. Elective classes are optional.

Track A
Monday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Track B
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Virtual Class)
Friday 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Track C
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Virtual Class)
Friday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Sunday 2:15 – 4:45 pm

Conditioning ‡
Thursday 5:00 – 5:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Beginning Modern ∆
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 3 Guide

The Level 4 course schedule consists of three ballet technique classes, thus fulfilling the Level 4 curriculum requirements. Level 4 students are also required to take Conditioning. Elective classes are optional.

Tuesday 5:00 – 7:45 pm
Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 pm (Virtual Class)
Saturday 12:15 – 3:00 pm

Conditioning ‡
Thursday 5:00 – 5:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Beginning Modern ∆
Thursday 6:45 – 7:45 pm (Virtual Class)

Character/Choreography ∆
Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 4 Guide

The Level 5 course schedule consists of four ballet technique classes, thus fulfilling the Level 5 curriculum requirements. Elective classes are optional.

Monday 5:45 – 7:00 pm (Virtual Class)
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:45 – 8:15 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Conditioning ∆
Monday 5:00 – 5:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Character/Choreography ∆
Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Virtual Class)

Intermediate Modern ∆
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 5 Guide

The Level 6 course schedule consists of five ballet technique classes and a multi-genre rotating class, thus fulfilling the Level 6 curriculum requirements. Elective classes are optional.

Monday 5:45 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 pm (Virtual Class)
Tuesday Rotation* 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Virtual Class)
Wednesday 6:15 – 8:30 pm
Friday 5:00 – 7:45 pm
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation

Conditioning ∆
Tuesday 5:00 – 5:40 pm (Virtual Class)

Intermediate Modern ∆
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 6 Guide

The Level 7 course schedule consists of five ballet technique classes and a multi-genre rotating class, thus fulfilling the Level 7 curriculum requirements. Elective classes are optional.

Monday 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 pm (Virtual Class)
Tuesday Rotation* 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Virtual Class)
Wednesday 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation

Conditioning ∆
Tuesday 5:00 – 5:40 pm (Virtual Class)

Advanced Modern ∆
Sunday 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 7 Guide

The Level 8 course schedule consists of five ballet technique classes and a multi-genre rotating class, thus fulfilling the Level 8 curriculum requirements. Level 8 is also required to enroll in Advanced Modern. Elective classes are optional.

Monday 5:45 – 8:45 pm
Tuesday 5:45 – 6:45 pm (Virtual Class)
Tuesday Rotation* 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Virtual Class)
Wednesday 5:45 – 8:45 pm
Friday 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 1:15 – 4:15 pm

*Features a multi-disciplinary course rotation

Advanced Modern ‡
Sunday 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Virtual Class)

Conditioning ∆
Tuesday 5:00 – 5:40 pm (Virtual Class)

Download the printable Level 8 Guide

∆ – Elective Class
‡ – Required class

Program Registration

Registration is now open to all students. Classes begin the week of September 14th. Please review the Health and Safety Guidelines below prior to registering.
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Program Registration

Public registration for the 2020-2021 Academy Year opens the week of August 24th. If you’re a prospective student, we’d love to know more about you and which programs you may be interested in. Please fill out the interest form below so we can best support you and notify you of upcoming opportunities.

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