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Preparatory Division

The Preparatory Division of the Otto M. Budig Academy explores the beauty and rigor of classical ballet while introducing students to the versatility of other dance disciplines. Students in the Preparatory Division develop strong foundations in dance technique to support their future advancement into pre-professional training or the pursuit of other passions in dance.

Preparatory Division Level 1 is for students ages 8 – 9 without prior dance experience. All other levels are based on a student’s placement assessment.

PREPARATORY DIVISION LEVELS

PREPARATORY DIVISION LEVEL 1

About PD Level 1: PD Level 1 is the first level of pre-professional training within the Academy and is designed to support students advancing from our Children’s Division as well as new students ages 8 – 9 without prior dance experience. PD Level 1 students participate in two Ballet Technique classes per week and have the option to engage in additional elective classes.

Core Classes: Ballet Technique

Performance Participation: PD Level 1 students participate in the annual Spring Production and may be eligible to audition for select Company productions.

Location: All classes take place in person at the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.


CLASS OFFERINGS

Students should enroll in their preferred track below. Each track is equal in merit but offers varying schedules. Enrollment is for the full Academy Year (September – May).

Track A
Ballet Technique Monday 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Ballet Technique Wednesday 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Track B
Ballet Technique Tuesday 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Ballet Technique Thursday 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Track C
Ballet Technique Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 PM
Ballet Technique Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
BOYS CLASS
PD Boys Technique Friday 4:45 – 5:45 PM
PREPARATORY DIVISION ELECTIVES
Additional Ballet Technique Friday 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Tap Friday 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Musical Theater Saturday 10:45 – 11:45 AM

TUITION

Full Academy Year Tuition: $1,375
Registration Fee (Per Family): $50
Spring Performance Fee: $120
Ballet Elective: $560
All Other Electives: $525


Please Note: Payment plans are available. Registration fees are non-refundable.

PREPARATORY DIVISION LEVEL 2

About PD Level 2: PD Level 2 students continue advancing in their knowledge of classical ballet technique as new and more complex steps are introduced. They also begin exploring new dance disciplines including Musical Theater and Pre Pointe. PD Level 2 students participate in classes twice per week and have the option to engage in additional elective classes. Eligibility for PD Level 2 is by placement only.

Core Classes: Ballet Technique, Musical Theater, Pre Pointe

Performance Participation: PD Level 2 students participate in the annual Spring Production and may be eligible to audition for select Company productions.

Location: All classes take place in person at the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.


CLASS OFFERINGS

Students should enroll in their preferred track below. Each track is equal in merit but offers varying schedules. Enrollment is for the full Academy Year (September – May).

Track A
Ballet Technique Monday 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Musical Theater Monday 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Ballet Technique Thursday 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Pre Pointe Thursday 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Track B
Ballet Technique Tuesday 6:15 – 7:30 PM
Musical Theater Tuesday 7:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet Technique Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 AM
Pre Pointe Saturday 10:15 – 10:45 AM
BOYS CLASS
PD Boys Technique Friday 4:45 – 5:45 PM
PREPARATORY DIVISION ELECTIVES
Additional Ballet Technique Friday 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Tap Friday 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Musical Theater Saturday 10:45 – 11:45 AM

Students ages 10 and up are also eligible to enroll in Community Division Classes as elective options. Click HERE to explore Community Division classes.


TUITION

Full Academy Year Tuition: $1,750
Registration Fee (Per Family): $50
Spring Performance Fee: $120
Ballet Elective: $560
All Other Electives: $525


Please Note: Payment plans are available. Registration fees are non-refundable.

PREPARATORY DIVISION LEVEL 3

About PD Level 3: PD Level 3 focuses on physical strength, proper placement and advancing ballet vocabulary as students prepare for future transition to pointe work when they enter the Young Dancer Division. They also continue exploration of other dance disciplines including Jazz and Pre Pointe. PD Level 3 students participate in classes three times per week and have the option to engage in additional elective classes. Eligibility for PD Level 3 is by placement only.

Core Classes: Ballet Technique, Jazz, Pre Pointe

Performance Participation: PD Level 3 students participate in the annual Spring Production and may be eligible to audition for select Company productions.

Location: All classes take place in person at the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.


CLASS OFFERINGS

Students should enroll in their preferred track below. Each track is equal in merit but offers varying schedules. Enrollment is for the full Academy Year (September – May).

Track A
Ballet Technique Monday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Jazz Monday 7:30 – 8:00 PM
Ballet Technique Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballet Technique Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Pre Pointe Saturday 10:00 – 10:30 AM
Track B
Ballet Technique Tuesday 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Jazz Tuesday 5:45 – 6:15 PM
Ballet Technique Thursday 4:15 – 5:45 PM
Ballet Technique Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Pre Pointe Saturday 10:00 – 10:30 AM
BOYS CLASS
PD Boys Technique Friday 4:45 – 5:45 PM
PREPARATORY DIVISION ELECTIVES
Additional Ballet Technique Friday 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Tap Friday 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Musical Theater Saturday 10:45 – 11:45 AM

Students ages 10 and up are also eligible to enroll in Community Division Classes as elective options. Click HERE to explore Community Division classes.


TUITION

Full Academy Year Tuition: $2,250
Registration Fee (Per Family): $50
Spring Performance Fee: $120
Ballet Elective: $560
All Other Electives: $525


Please Note: Payment plans are available. Registration fees are non-refundable.

DRESS CODE & UNIFORMS

GIRLS

  • Preparatory Division Academy Leotard in French Blue*
  • Ballet pink or flesh-toned convertible tights
  • Ballet pink or flesh-toned ballet slippers
  • Hair pulled back and neatly secured
  • No jewelry or accessories
  • Face mask or covering
  • Theraband & yoga mat for Pre Pointe
  • Jazz & Musical Theater classes require black jazz shoes
  • Tap classes require black tap shoes

BOYS

  • Boys Academy Dance Shirt in White
  • Black tights or leggings
  • White socks
  • White ballet shoes
  • Hair neatly styled and away from face
  • Face mask or covering
  • Jazz & Musical Theater classes require black jazz shoes
  • Tap classes require black tap shoes

*Preparatory Division students participating in Community Division electives may wear their PD Academy leotard for classes

REGISTRATION

Welcome! Registration for new students opens for the 2021-2022 Academy Year on June 23, 2021. If you’re new to the Academy, we’d love to get to know you and connect you to program and registration announcements. Please fill out our Student Interest Form below.

CONTACT THE ACADEMY

Email: cbacademy@cballet.org
Phone: 513.562.1111
Address: 1801 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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