Health and Safety Update

UPDATE: August 30, 2021

The health and safety of our patrons, artists and staff remain Cincinnati Ballet’s top priority. All ticket holders ages 12 and above are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into Cincinnati Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Proof of a negative COVID test will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination. The negative test can either be a PCR test taken with in 72 hours of the performance or an antigen test by a healthcare or pharmacy provider within 24 hours.

In addition, all guests regardless of age or vaccination status are required to wear masks inside the venue at all times, including while seated in performance spaces. This policy will remain in effect until further notice. Cincinnati Ballet, along with our venue partners, will continue to closely monitor the rate of Covid-19 transmission in Hamilton County and assess and adjust accordingly. Additional Covid 19-related health protocols and requirements may be in effect at the time of future events. Cincinnati Ballet will communicate any changes via email prior to all affected performance.

UPDATE: October 20, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet continues to closely monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and are following guidelines enacted by federal, state, and local authorities. To safeguard the health and wellness of our dancers, staff, and patrons, we have implemented the following Health & Safety Guideline.

Health Screening Questions: Individuals entering the Ballet Center are required to answer a series of health and wellness questions. Before entering the building each day, employees are utilizing a COVID-19 health questionnaire app to track their symptoms virtually to receive authorization to report to work. Health questions will be updated regularly to reflect current State, county, and CDC guidelines. completed no sooner than 1 hour prior to approaching any Ballet worksite.

Temperature Checks: Anyone entering the Ballet Center will have their temperature checked upon entry using a touchless, forehead thermometer scanner. Anyone with a temperature of 99.9 or above will be given a second temperature check. If both tests read above 99.9 degrees, entrance to any worksite will be denied, and the person must wait at minimum of 24 hours fever free without the aid of fever reducing medication.

Mask Requirement: Masks/face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all employees, dancers, students, and any additional individuals while inside the Ballet Center, including during all classes and rehearsals. Anyone refusing to wear a mask will be denied entry into the facility. If you are not providing your own face covering, Cincinnati Ballet will provide face coverings for all staff, dancers and vendors entering the Ballet Center or any worksite.

Limited and Staggered Entry: Until further notice, the Ballet Center is limiting unscheduled visits. To minimize foot traffic during peak arrival times to the Ballet Center, Cincinnati Ballet is staggered arrival times for staff, dancers, and all Otto m. Budig Academy students.

Capacity Limits: A limited number of staff and dancers will be allowed within the Ballet Center at any given time. To ensure the health and safety of everyone, CB will be instituting capacity limits for administrative spaces, common areas, and studios. Capacity limits will be managed in accordance with state, county, and CDC recommendations for social distancing.

Studio and Workplace Distancing: To maintain recommended social distancing during class, each dancer is required to remain within a six-foot square box taped to studio floors. Social distancing of 6 feet will remain in effect while at the Ballet Center and any worksite. This applies to all studios, workspaces, and common areas. Waiting or congregating in common areas is not permitted. Lost and Found services are suspended. Any items left in the Ballet Center overnight will be disposed of.

Enhanced Cleaning and Air Quality: Merv-13 air filters are used to optimize air quality inside the facility and maximize fresh air intake. The Ballet Center is equipped with sanitizing stations near the main entrance and in each studio, as well as in administrative spaces. General facility cleaning, bathrooms, common spaces, and high touch areas will be maintained by the janitorial service in accordance with CDC recommendations. All studios will be thoroughly cleaned between classes and user groups. Studio floors will be deep sanitized daily, at the end of the business day. Lost and Found services are suspended; any personal items left in the Ballet Center will be disposed of.

For the latest information on health and safety protocols at Music Hall and Aronoff Center for the Arts, click here: https://youtu.be/29yqcQ897wc. For information specific to Cincinnati Made, please visit our Know Before You Go page.

For additional information about the Otto M. Budig Academy’s health and safety guidelines, please visit the Academy page at https://cballet.org/wp-content/uploads/Health-Safety-Guidelines.pdf


UPDATE: May 15, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet continues to closely monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and are following guidelines enacted by federal, state, and local authorities. To safeguard the health and wellness of our dancers, staff, and patrons, we have made some changes to our upcoming performance schedule we want to share with you.

Our Bold Moves Plus program, which was rescheduled for this July is being postponed and will now close our 2020-2021 performance season, April 22-25, 2021. This will take the place of our previously announced FESTIVAL, which will move to spring of 2022. Artistically, Bold Moves Plus will serve as a look ahead to our inaugural festival and will celebrate the return of choreographer Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16, the regional premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, and a world premiere from Cincinnati and DANCEFIX favorite, Heather Britt. We have also preemptively postponed our September offering of Cincinnati Ballet’s renowned The Kaplan New Works Series and have slated the program for two weeks in Spring, March 11-21, 2021. This shift will allow us to deliver the caliber of programming you have come to enjoy from this series and maintain our commitment to our community’s health and safety. We realize these changes affect tickets you may have already purchased or anticipate purchasing in the future. If you have questions regarding your tickets, please contact our Patron Engagement Team at patronengagement@cballet.org or 513-621-5282.

The Otto M. Budig Academy will also be finishing the Academy Year through CB Academy virtual learning. Our regular weekly classes through Facebook Live and Zoom will continue through our extended school year ending May 31st. While classes will continue through distance learning, due to the continued government mandated limitations on the number of persons able to gather publicly, we must regrettably cancel Spring Production 2020. We’ve been intensely optimistic that our celebratory year-end performances would go on, but forces beyond our control require we prioritize the health and safety of our students and families.

Our building also remains closed to the public and except for essential workers, Cincinnati Ballet staff continues to work from home. While we can’t wait to dance with you again, we’re thrilled to be virtually ‘dancing’ with you through #CBAtHome on our website and social media channels. We continue to offer live classes, archive performances, and other rich content to engage ballet fans of all ages. We are so deeply touched by the positive feedback we have received regarding these offerings. Please check back frequently for new content schedules. From the entire Cincinnati Ballet family, thank you for your patronage.

UPDATE: March 23, 2020

In compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s executive ‘Stay at Home’ order, Cincinnati Ballet will close the Ballet Center effective Monday, March 23 through April 6. All employees, except for essential personnel to handle security and financial operations, will be working remotely. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. If you have questions or need assistance regarding ticketing, please call our Patron Engagement Team at 513-621-5282.

We want to stay connected and share the healing power of dance with our fans around the world. Please follow our social media pages for free, engaging content – from live online classes to excerpts from past performances and rehearsals – we will continue to dance with you! On behalf of the entire Cincinnati Ballet family – dancers, staff, and faculty – we truly appreciate your continued patronage and investment in Cincinnati Ballet and our vibrant arts community. We can’t wait to see you all again in our studios and on the stage. We will get through this together.

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet remains deeply committed to the health and safety of all our patrons, Otto M. Budig Academy students, and employees.  Our organization continues to closely monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In light of recent recommendations and directives from government officials, we have a few updates for you today.

Mainstage Productions

Cincinnati Ballet is announcing that we will be rescheduling Director’s Cut (April 30-May 2, 2020) and Bold Moves (April 23-25, 2020) performances and creating a spectacular NEW COMBINED program featuring highlights from BOTH Director’s Cut and Bold Moves which we will perform July 23-25, 2020 at the Aronoff Center to recorded music. Now titled, BOLD MOVES PLUS will feature the following: Alejandro Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom, Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. This extended program will notably capture most of the beloved pieces from both programs and will serve as Cervilio Miguel Amador’s retirement performances before he joins the team at Cincinnati Ballet as our Acting Ballet Master for the 2020-2021 Season. The decision to reschedule these performances will allow our patrons to experience the athleticism and artistry of these compelling programs while also protecting the health of our community. If you are a ticket holder to an affected performance, you will be receiving an email shortly. In the meantime, here are two options to choose from:


As a valued member of the Cincinnati Ballet family, you can appreciate the impact of cancellations and rescheduling on our financial health. As a non-profit arts organization, Cincinnati Ballet resources are put to the test during an unprecedented crisis such as this. We are asking you to consider donating the cost of your tickets as a gift to Cincinnati Ballet, for which we will gratefully issue you a tax receipt.

In recognition of your generous support, your name will be listed on a special page in our program and online as a Cincinnati Ballet Hero during the 2020-2021 Season.


Alternatively, you can choose to place your ticket purchase value onto your Cincinnati Ballet account. This credit may be used towards our final performance of the season – Bold Moves Plus (July 23-25, 2020) – or any regularly scheduled performance for the 2020-2021 Season (with the exception of The Nutcracker). This credit will be available for you to use through July 31, 2021. After this time, the credit will automatically change to a tax-deductible donation.

If you need additional assistance, please call our Patron Engagement Team at 513-621-5282.

On behalf of the entire Cincinnati Ballet family – dancers, staff, and faculty – we truly appreciate your continued patronage and investment in Cincinnati Ballet and our vibrant arts community. We can’t wait to see you all again in our studios and on the stage. In the meantime, we remain committed to the power of dance, so please follow our social media pages for moments from past performances, online classes, and more exclusive content.

At the Ballet Center

In another step to stem the spread of COVID-19, Governor Mike DeWine ordered fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters, water parks and trampoline parks in Ohio to shutter at the end of business Monday, March 16, 2020.

Cincinnati Ballet leaders believe it is in the best interest of our students and faculty to put our Adult Dance & Fitness Division classes on a temporary break. We look forward to being in the studio with you again as soon as is safely possible.  Our team is working swiftly on some remote engagement options to help keep you fit at home. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook (Cincinnati Ballet & Otto M. Budig Academy) and Instagram for updates on digital classes and content. For those with active class passes, your expiration date will be extended to July 31, 2020.

At present, all Otto M. Budig Academy summer programs are anticipated to run as scheduled.

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

Cincinnati Ballet is committed to the health and safety of all our patrons, Otto M. Budig Academy students, and employees. Today Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered large public gatherings in Ohio canceled as health officials work to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our organization is closely monitoring developments and following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local agencies.

Mainstage Productions

Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming performances of Director’s Cut at Cincinnati Music Hall are being rescheduled to April 30-May 2, 2020 at the Aronoff Center to recorded music. The decision to reschedule these performances will allow our patrons to experience the athleticism and artistry of this compelling program while also protecting the health of our community. Those who have tickets to affected performances will receive direct communications regarding their options.

Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming performances of Family Series: Snow White have been cancelled. This was a difficult but necessary decision to protect the health of our community. A bit of good news – Snow White will be added to the 2020-2021 Season, in lieu of The Little Mermaid.

These unprecedented circumstances pose financial repercussions for our community and Cincinnati Ballet. As a non-profit arts organization, ticket sales only account for 35% of what it takes to support a world-class ballet company. Our patrons are our livelihood and the reason our dancers perform each season. We thank you for your continued support of Cincinnati Ballet and value you as a member of our family.

Once performances resume, in cooperation with the resident arts groups at Music Hall at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA), which manages the venues, we will continue rigorous precautionary measures to prevent the spread of illness by implementing strategies recommended by public health authorities.

Additional hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes can be found throughout the building, particularly in high traffic areas. Additionally, CAA’s custodial staff is routinely disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles, elevator keypads, etc.

If you need assistance, please call our Patron Engagement Team at 513-621-5282.

At the Ballet Center

While there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases within our Cincinnati Ballet community, out of an abundance of caution, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy has decided to extend its Spring Break starting Saturday, March 14, through Friday, April 3. During that time period, no Main or Children’s Division classes will be held. Throughout the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor the situation and make additional announcements should class cancelations extend beyond that period of time. At this time, Adult Division classes will continue as regularly scheduled.

Today through Friday, March 13, any student absences due to additional caution or concern on the part of our families will be considered excused. As we look to close the week well, it remains critical that anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness including but not limited to fever, cough, sore throat or body aches, remain home and not attend class.

We understand these are unprecedented circumstances and look forward to sharing additional information and details in the coming days. Now, more than ever, we are grateful for the thoughtful care and support of our Cincinnati Ballet community and look forward to the opportunity to safely come together once again. Your understanding and continued commitment to Cincinnati Ballet is much appreciated as we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19.

Health Precautions

    • To keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19 and any virus, please take the time to review the CDC’s recommendations for everyday health.  For example:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash
      • Clean and disinfect common surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes

For any additional questions and other ticket needs, email info@cballet.org or call Patron Engagement at 513-621-5282

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