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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 15 – 26 and July 6 – 17, 2020

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 other 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. Each week concludes with an opportunity for parents and guardians to observe student progress.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 15 – 19, 2020
June 22 – 26, 2020
July 6 – 10, 2020
July 13 – 17, 2020


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

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

All Youth Summer Intensive classes will take place at the School for Creative and Performing Arts located a few short blocks from the Cincinnati Ballet Center at 108 West Central Parkway.

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 an in-person 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 January 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 activities aimed at exploring related fields in dance and inspiring creative expression. Each two-week session concludes with an opportunity for parents and guardians to observe student progress.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 15 – 26, 2020
July 6 – 17, 2020


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

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

All Youth Summer Intensive classes will take place at the School for Creative and Performing Arts located a few short blocks from the Cincinnati Ballet Center at 108 West Central Parkway.

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 an in-person 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 January 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 while also enhancing their versatility through classes in multiple dance styles. Dance-related educational activities 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. Each two-week session concludes with an opportunity for parents and guardians to observe student progress.

Program Dates, Schedule and Location

June 15 – 26, 2020
July 6 – 17, 2020


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

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

All Youth Summer Intensive classes will take place at the School for Creative and Performing Arts located a few short blocks from the Cincinnati Ballet Center at 108 West Central Parkway.

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 an in-person audition or submit a video audition. Please see the audition section below for details. Current Otto M. Budig Academy students received summer placement letters in late January 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

Coming soon

Program Tuition

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 or placement class only. Students must be 9 years of age by program start to be eligible. Interested students have several audition opportunities available to them:

In-Person Auditions: Students ages 9 to 11 (as of June 15) are strongly encouraged to attend the in-person audition noted below. Should they be unable to make that date, they are welcome to audition by video or contact the Academy to schedule an individual placement class. Students ages 12 and up (as of June 15, 2020) are welcome to attend the in-person audition noted below or may elect to audition in any one of the 19 cities included in the Academy’s National Audition Tour. Details can be found HERE.

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

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

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

Audition in Person

January 25, 2020
Cincinnati Ballet
1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
Registration & Check-In 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Audition 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Fees

Pre-Registration Fee: $35
In-Person Registration Fee: $40 (check or cc only)
Registration fees are not refundable or transferable

Photo Requirements

All students should submit a headshot. Photos may be in color or black and white and may be any size. Students registering the day of their audition should submit photos with their registration paperwork. Students pre-registering online should bring their photo and online receipt to submit at audition registration.

Audition Results

All audition results are sent via email. Results will be sent within 5 to 7 business days of your audition.

Audition by Video

Video submissions are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of May 31, 2020. Early submission is strongly encouraged so accepted candidates have the best opportunity to secure their enrollment preferences.

Fees

Video Audition Fee: $45
Registration fees are not refundable or transferable

Video Requirements

Videos should be approximately 10-15 minutes in length. Ladies should be in a leotard and pink tights. Gentlemen should be in a white shirt and black tights. Videos should include the following exercises:

Barre work: pliés, battement tendu, adagio, grand battement

Center: battement tendu, pirouettes (if applicable), petit allegro, grand allegro

*Pointe work: échappé combination including passé relevé from 5th, traveling piqué combination (can include piqué passé, piqué arabesque, only include piqué turns if applicable).

*For ladies recently advanced to pointe, the above combinations can be done at the barre. For ladies not on pointe, please include a relevé combination in the center.
* Male students only need to include the above listed barre and center work.

Video Submissions

All students auditioning by video should register online (link above) and indicate they are auditioning by video. Video applications will not be reviewed until online registration is received.

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

DVDs should be labeled with student name, address and all relevant contact information. Please note, DVDs will not be returned. DVD submissions should be mailed along with requisite photos to:

Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy
Attn: Youth Summer Intensive Auditions
1555 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Audition Frequently Asked Questions

Audition FAQs

What should I wear to the audition?
Female students should wear a leotard (any solid color), pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Students who are on pointe should bring 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.

What should I bring to the audition?
Students who preregistered online should bring their email confirmation as well as a headshot. Students who are registering in person prior to the audition should bring their $40 audition fee (check or credit) and a headshot. Headshots may be color or black and white and any size.

What should I expect during the audition?
The audition is a ballet technique class with a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s faculty. The Academy Director and Youth Programs Manager will be present to observe the class. Students will go through barre, center, and across-the-floor 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

Registration will open for accepted candidates in January. Students who have not yet auditioned or been placed should review the audition requirements above or contact the Academy Administrative Office at 513-562-1111 or cbacademy@cballet.org.

Program Registration

Registration will open in February

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