Summer Intensive

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive partners with professionally aspiring students through an immersive dance experience designed to cultivate their individual potential. For six weeks, students step into a professional company environment where they benefit from full days of dance, the support of world-class faculty and a community of like-minded peers. Through intensive ballet curriculum, students hone their technical capacity supplemented by classes in other dance genres and topics to support the versatility required in today’s dance world. Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive also focuses intently on the development of students as dance artists through engagement in challenging repertoire and coaching by internationally renowned guest faculty, in addition to Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.

Students have the option to join for six or three weeks. Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Resident Program provides supervised housing and a summer home away from home for students traveling from outside the greater Cincinnati area.

Students must be 12 years old by the program start date to be eligible.

June 21 – July 30, 2021

Cincinnati Ballet’s New Home

Summer Intensive marks the opening of Cincinnati Ballet’s brand-new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. Join us for a summer to remember!

Student & Parent Reviews

“By far my best summer intensive ever. I grew not only as a dancer but as a person as well!”

“The faculty was outstanding. Every teacher gave personal attention and made all the classes challenging.”

“She grew in confidence and left with even more passion for dancing… Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive created a life changing experience for my daughter.”

“I had the time of my life! My technique improved and I had the experience of working with great people. It was an unforgettable experience!”

“Thank you! My son had an incredible summer. I have never seen him so happy, motivated and connected to great friends.”

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

Summer Intensive Training

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive couples challenging training with an engaging and supportive environment in order to ensure dancers maximize their potential, make important industry connections and develop personal artistry. Our training standards set students up for success in today’s professional dance world and expose them to Cincinnati Ballet’s diverse artistic aesthetic.


Industry connections: World-class guest and resident faculty including Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership
Rigorous training: Intensive curriculum in ballet technique, pointe, performance repertoire and partnering
Versatility: Supplemental curriculum in contemporary, modern, Pilates, character and more
Performance: Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions

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

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

Summer Intensive Tuition

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

plus a one-time registration fee

Summer Intensive Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day look like?
Summer Intensive students dance Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with approximately an hour break for lunch. A typical day may include:

9:30 – 11:30 am: Ballet Technique
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Pointe or Men’s Class
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:45 pm: Partnering or Variations
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Modern, Contemporary or Character
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Conditioning, Repertoire or Guest Artist Workshop
All levels regularly take pointe and partnering classes (partnering pending for 2021)

How big are classes?
We believe intimate class sizes are important for a student’s growth and personal development. Classes are typically limited to 20 – 30 dancers depending on level.

What’s the curriculum focus of Summer Intensive?
Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer 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

When will I find out my level placement?
All Summer Intensive participants take a placement class on the first day of their session and receive their level placement later that afternoon. Level placement is subject to change throughout the course of Summer Intensive.

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 Summer 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 Summer Intensive participants. Cincinnati Ballet actively recruits to its Main and Professional Training Division programs through our Summer Intensive.

Is there a benefit to the three-week or six-week program?
Summer training is essential for professionally aspiring young dancers in maintaining strength and skill, as well as growing as an artist. With that in mind, we encourage students to dance as much as they can 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.

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

Summer Intensive Housing

A fully supervised housing program will be available for 2021 Summer Intensive participants.


Suite-style housing: Students live in furnished suites of two to eight people with some apartment amenities
Supervision: Supervision and compassionate student support is provided by Cincinnati Ballet’s Resident Leadership Team
Full service: Includes all meals and private bus transportation to and from Cincinnati Ballet

Additional details and prices will be shared in January.

Summer Intensive Resident Program

Students from outside the greater Cincinnati area have a summer home away from home through participation in our Resident Program in partnership with Northern Kentucky University.


Suite-style housing: Students live in furnished, four-person suites featuring a common area, two full bathrooms, and a kitchenette.
Dorm amenities: Students have access to free laundry facilities and free wireless internet. Each floor also features a community lounge.
Meals and transportation: Includes all meals and private bus transportation to and from Cincinnati Ballet.
Supervision: Supervision and compassionate student support is provided by Cincinnati Ballet’s Resident Leadership Team.

Resident Program Pricing

Six-Week Session: $3,660 (June 20 – July 31)
Three-Week Session: $2,070 (June 20 – July 10 or July 11 – 31)

Resident Program Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do students stay?
Summer Intensive students are housed in Northern Kentucky University’s most popular residence hall. The hall is staffed with a Dorm Supervisor and Resident Assistants who plan activities for students and are available to help in any way students may need. The hall is situated in a safe, semi-private area of NKU’s campus in Highland Heights, KY.

How far is housing from the Ballet Center?
Housing is eight miles, or about a fifteen-minute drive, from Cincinnati Ballet’s brand-new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.

How are students transported?
Students are transported by private school bus each day between the dorms and Cincinnati Ballet.

What are student rooms like?
Students live in four-person suites featuring double occupancy bedrooms, a common area, two full bathrooms, and a kitchenette. The spaces are fully furnished with each student having an extra-long twin-sized bed, a desk, a chair and a wardrobe with a dresser for their personal needs. Kitchenettes feature a sink, mini-fridge, and cupboard and counter space. Free wireless internet is also available in each suite.

Which meals are included in the Resident Program?
The Resident Program includes three meals each weekday (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two meals on Saturdays and Sundays (brunch and dinner). Breakfast, brunch and dinner feature cafeteria-style dining, giving students a lot of options! Each week, students receive packed lunches which they pick up each weekday morning to take with them to the Dance Center. The dining hall is located just across from the residence hall in the Boothe Residential Village which makes mealtime easy! NKU’s dining staff is also well experienced in supporting the specific needs of those students with allergies and dietary restrictions.

What do students do in the evenings and on weekends?
Group events off campus typically occur each weekend and, in the past, have included trips to Kings Island Amusement Park, city tours, Reds baseball games, Cincinnati Opera performances and more. Weekend activities for 2021 are under careful consideration and will be offered should health and safety concerns allow. The Resident Leadership Team plans weekly group activities in the dorms to foster community within the building. Downtime and rest are also important during off hours as the training schedule is quite demanding.

What amenities are available?
Students have access to free laundry facilities, free wireless internet and community lounges on each floor. The Boothe Residential Village also features basketball and volleyball courts as well as plentiful greenspace and easy access to Norse Commons. Should COVID considerations allow, students may also have opportunity to purchase daily passes to the campus recreation center.

Are there any additional costs?
The only items not covered by tuition and housing costs are weekend activities (if available this season), recreation center passes, apparel and merchandise, and any additional food/snacks your student may desire to purchase.

Summer Work Study Program

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive offers several unique opportunities for select students or parents to provide essential program service and support in exchange for compensation and/or housing credit. We are currently seeking candidates for the following roles:
Resident Assistant
Weekend Chaperone

Summer Intensive Auditions

Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students must be 12 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.


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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