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Youth Summer Intensive

Developing proficiency and passion in aspiring young dancers

Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive provides young, aspiring dancers with an entrée into intensive summer training at a pace designed specifically for their unique stage of technical development. Through fun and challenging curriculum, students enhance their ballet technique while exploring new dance styles, age-appropriate repertoire and educational workshops. With three divisions for students in developing phases of their training, Youth Summer Intensive provides individual attention and custom instruction appropriate for each level’s unique needs. The program features daily classes in ballet (and pointe for Divisions II & III), instruction in other dance styles, as well as dance-related activities for students to delve deeper into all aspects of their dance training. Led by Cincinnati Ballet’s experienced faculty, limited class sizes offer an intimate and nurturing environment to maximize student progress.

For students ages 9 and up. Three unique divisions for varying levels of dance experience.

June 28 – July 9 & July 12 – 23, 2021

Program Divisions

Division I

For students ages 9 and up with at least one year of formal ballet training, including female students who have not yet advanced to pointe.

Program Structure

Throughout the Division I Intensive, experienced young dancers will explore their love of dance in an environment that supports student potential and invites creativity. In this ballet-based program, students will dive more deeply into their ballet technique while also gaining exposure to diverse styles of dance such as jazz, modern or musical theater. Additional arts and dance-related activities will give students the opportunity to enhance creative expression and learn more about their beloved art form. The program’s curriculum is designed to develop student capacity and confidence as well as community with fellow dancers as they seek to move ahead in their dance training.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 28 – July 2, 2021
July 5 – 9, 2021
July 12 – 16, 2021


Students may elect to participate in one, two or all three weeks of the Division I program.

Program runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Program location is TBD.

Placement

The Division I program is designed for students ages 9 and up with at least one year of formal ballet training, including female students who have not yet advanced to pointe.

Students new to the Otto M. Budig Academy should attend a virtual audition or submit a video audition. Please see the audition section below for details. Current Otto M. Budig Academy students receive summer placement letters in February and are not required to audition.

Division II

For students with multiple years of formal ballet training, including female students who have recently been advanced to pointe.

Program Structure

Youth Summer Intensive Division II is designed to support and inspire the development of each young dancer’s strength, versatility and technique while being guided through a successful transition to beginning pointe work. During the first week of the program, students will learn the fundamentals of pointe readiness, including where to sew ribbons and elastic, how to properly tie ribbons, how to break in new pointe shoes as well as how to strengthen the body and feet to reduce the risk of injury. Throughout the program, students will develop their technique through daily ballet classes and beginning pointe work, complemented by instruction in other dance styles and age-appropriate repertoire. Students also engage in a variety of dance-related workshops aimed at exploring related fields in dance and inspiring creative expression.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 28 – July 9, 2021
July 12 – 23, 2021


Students may elect to participate in one two-week session or all four weeks of the Division II program.

Program runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Program location is TBD.

Placement

The Division II program is designed for students with multiple years of formal ballet training, including female students who have recently been advanced to pointe.

Students new to the Otto M. Budig Academy should attend a virtual audition or submit a video audition. Please see the audition section below for details. Current Otto M. Budig Academy students receive summer placement letters in February and are not required to audition.

Division III

For students with multiple years of formal ballet training, including female students who have been dancing on pointe for a year or more.

Program Structure

Youth Summer Intensive Division III is a serious step toward Summer Intensive-level training without the pressure of a competitive audition process and extended days of dance. Throughout the program, students receive focused instruction in a supportive environment designed to develop their technical capacity and aptitude for advancement. Students engage in daily technique and pointe classes as well as age-appropriate repertoire and variations while also enhancing their versatility through classes in multiple dance styles. Dance-related educational workshops build their intellectual and artistic understanding of their art form as they explore related fields in dance. This immersive training experience is designed to accelerate proficiency and harvest student potential.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 28 – July 9, 2021
July 12 – 23, 2021


Students may elect to participate in one two-week session or all four weeks of the Division III program.

Program runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Program location is TBD.

Placement

The Division III program is designed for students with multiple years of formal ballet training, including female students who have been dancing on pointe for a year or more.

Students new to the Otto M. Budig Academy should attend a virtual audition or submit a video audition. Please see the audition section below for details. Current Otto M. Budig Academy students receive summer placement letters in February and are not required to audition.

Boys Division

For boys ages 9 and up with at least one year of training

Program Structure

The Boys Division is a one-week program within the Youth Summer Intensive offering specialized instruction for young men. Designed for the unique abilities of the male dancer, the Boys Division combines rotating classes in men’s technique, conditioning and repertoire in order to give them a competitive advantage. Young men enrolling in the Boys Division program are also strongly encouraged to enroll in at least one additional week of the Youth Summer Intensive at their recommended level (Division I, II or III based on teacher evaluation) where they’ll participate in technique and elective classes alongside their female classmates.

Placement

By placement class or DVD audition.


New students should contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513.562.1111 or cbacademy@cballet.org to schedule a placement class. Current Otto M. Budig Academy students will receive summer placement letters by mail in early spring.

Program Tuition

Division I
One Week: $390
Two Weeks: $730
Three Weeks: $1,020

Division II & Division III
Two-Week Session: $870
Four-Week Session: $1,540

Housing Resources

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

Youth Summer Intensive Auditions

Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students must be 9 years of age by program start to be eligible. Interested students have several audition opportunities available to them:

Virtual Auditions: Students ages 9 to 11 (as of June 28) are strongly encouraged to attend one of the virtual auditions noted below. Should they be unable to make either date, they are welcome to audition by pre-recorded video. Students ages 12 and up (as of June 21, 2021) are welcome to attend one of the virtual auditions noted below, may audition by pre-recorded video, or may elect to audition in any one of the Academy’s Summer Intensive virtual auditions. Details can be found HERE.

Video Audition: Students unable to make any of the virtual audition opportunities are welcome to audition by video. Details below.

Current Academy Students: Current Academy students will receive a placement letter in February and are not required to audition.

For additional questions, please contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513-562-1111 or cbacademy@cballet.org.

Virtual Auditions

Virtual auditions are open to any eligible student and provide a convenient way to audition regardless of location. Students interested in auditioning virtually should pre-register. Pre-registration for all virtual auditions closes at 11:59 PM (EST) the Thursday prior to the audition. Virtual audition registration will not be available the day of the audition. Students may participate in virtual auditions from home, as we understand studio access may be limited.

February 13, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST)

March 13, 2021
2:00 – 4:00 pm (EST)

Photo Requirements

All students should submit a headshot. Photos may be in color or black and white and may be any size.

Students will receive a link to upload their photos in their audition registration confirmation email.

Audition Fee

Virtual audition fees are $35. Audition fees are nonrefundable in all circumstances.

Video Audition

Students who aren’t able to engage in a virtual audition are welcome to audition by pre-recorded video. Students auditioning by video should register via the link below. Video applications will not be reviewed until online registration is received. Video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of May 31, 2021. Early submission is strongly encouraged so accepted candidates have the best opportunity to secure their enrollment preferences.

Digital media may be submitted to the Academy Administrative Office at cbacademy@cballet.org.

Video Requirements

Video auditions should be performed in leotard and tights for ladies and tight-fitting dancewear for gentlemen. Videos require no introduction or fancy editing, should be recorded after September 1, 2020, and should not exceed 15 minutes in length. They should be shot indoors with proper lighting.

Applicants should include the following elements:
• 3 – 5 minutes of barre work including pliés, battement tendu, battement degagé, adagio and grand battement (applicants may demonstrate one or both sides).
• 3 – 5 minutes of center work including battement tendu, pirouettes or preparation for pirouettes, and petit allegro.
• Female applicants should include a relevé/échappé exercise*.
*If student has been advanced to pointe, please perform this combination in pointe shoes. If recently advanced to pointe, this should be done at the barre. If student has been training on pointe for 1+ years, it may be performed in the center as appropriate. If not on pointe, please still include this combination in flat shoes.

Additional Notes/Requirements:
Applicants who do not have access to studios for the purpose of filming should modify combinations to be safely executed at home and be cautious of proper flooring for allegro combinations.

Need help with your audition video content?
Youth Programs Manager, Kara Louis, has created an easy-to-follow video audition class. Simply watch and learn the combinations in the video below. When you’re ready to film, hit play on the video and film yourself dancing along to it.
Youth Summer Programs Video Audition Guide

Audition Fee

Video audition fees are $45. Audition fees are nonrefundable in all circumstances.

Audition Frequently Asked Questions

Audition FAQs

What should I wear to audition?
Female students should wear a leotard (any solid color), pink or skin-tone tights, and pink or skin-tone ballet slippers. Students who are on pointe should have their pointe shoes with them for the last 15 minutes of the audition.

Male students should wear a white fitted t-shirt, black leggings or tights, black or white socks, and black or white ballet shoes. Gray tights are also acceptable.

What should I expect during the virtual audition?
Each virtual audition will last two hours. The first 30 minutes will include check in, introductions and instructions. The audition class will last 90 minutes. Auditioning students must be available the full two hours. Students should be sure to have a private dancing space with clear lighting and a video setup that shows your full body while dancing.

The audition is a ballet technique class with a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s faculty. Students will go through barre and center combinations. Female students who are on pointe will be asked to wear their pointe shoes for the final portion of class (male students and those not on pointe will continue in their flat ballet slippers for the final portion of class).

When will I receive my audition results?
Audition results are sent via email within 5 to 7 business days of your audition. If admitted to the program, students will also receive their division placement. Youth Summer Intensive has three divisions for varying levels of experience.

If I’m accepted, when should I register?
Accepted students should register as soon as possible, as the number of accepted applicants surpasses the number of places in our program. Acceptance does not guarantee your place, and registration is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 513.562.1111.

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