10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Bold Moves Festival This Summer

May 30th, 2023

The Bold Moves Festival is an exciting event that will be taking place at the Aronoff Center this June.

Bold Moves

Here are 10 reasons why you should attend Bold Moves Festival in Cincinnati this summer:

1. Immerse yourself in Cincinnati’s art and dance culture.

You get to see an awesome mix of contemporary dance performances from all around the world, choreographed by some of the biggest names in the industry. That’s right! No need to travel to Milan or Barcelona, because we’re bringing it all here in Cincinnati. Each show is unique and unforgettable, making it the perfect way to appreciate the art scene in Cincinnati and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of dance.

Sheakley Premier Studio Photo, Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance; Photography: Feinknopf
Sheakley Premier Studio Photo, Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance | Photography: Feinknopf

2. No need to travel far 

The Bold Moves Festival is right in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati at Aronoff Center for the Arts! You can quickly grab a bite at one of the many great restaurants nearby and enjoy a few drinks at a fantastic bar in the area – plus, with the streetcar nearby, getting around downtown is easier than ever. That sounds like the perfect date night idea!

Aronoff Center For The Arts Building At Night Across The Street View
Aronoff Center for the Arts

3. It’s affordable, really!

You get to enjoy three amazing shows and participate in multiple events and activities, with prices starting at just $29! All of these experiences are packed into one exciting night, ensuring that you get the most bang for your buck.


Whether you’re bringing the kids or just looking to have a good time yourself, Bold Moves has something for everyone. From lobby activations to master classes for aspiring dancers, anyone is sure to have a memorable night.

Young girls racing upstairs to performance

5. Support local artists, businesses, and organizations

The festival isn’t just about Cincinnati Ballet company dancers, we’re also teaming up with local organizations like Cincinnati Pride and Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati to bring you amazing activities before and after the festival. And let’s not forget the afterparty at Somerset, one of Cincinnati’s hottest bars!

Somerset Bar (CityBeat 2021) | Photography: Hailey Bollinger

6. Celebrate diversity 

People from all walks of life come together at Bold Moves Festival to celebrate each other and the power of dance. There are tons of activities, like a Flamenco Masterclass taught by Irene Rodríguez, and a Pride Night Film Screening event open to all attendees. 

7. Exclusively meet the artists

You’ll have the chance to meet and chat with the talented choreographers and dancers who bring the Bold Moves Festival performances to life. There will be Q&A discussions before and after the festival at the Aronoff Center, which is perfect for anyone who wants to ask questions or learn more about the art of dance.

Irene Rodríguez | Photography:

8. You get to show off your Bold Move

Take part in Cincinnati Ballet’s Bold Move challenge and join one of our dance parties at the Aronoff Center. If you’re not comfortable dancing in public, no sweat! You can still participate by dressing up boldly and expressing your inner artist through fashion. 

9. Try something new

If you’re looking to explore beyond the traditional art of dance, there will be several activities and classes to help you find something new. Try your hand at flamenco or see a film about male ballerinas or experience a unique immersive art installation. With so many bold options available, there’s something for everyone!

10. Fun summer vibes 

The Bold Moves Festival takes place during the hot summer days of June, meaning it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun! Wear your favorite summer outfit, go on a summer date night with your partner, and relax while watching amazing performances without leaving Cincinnati.

Bold Moves Festival
Nikita Boris | Photography: Hiromi Platt

Don’t miss your chance to witness something bold

In conclusion, the Bold Moves Festival is an incredible opportunity to explore the vibrant art scene in Cincinnati. With an exciting mix of performances, classes, and activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned dance enthusiast or just looking for a fun night out, the Bold Moves Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Don’t miss your chance to witness some of the world’s most talented choreographers and dancers as they come together to celebrate the beauty of humanity through the power of dance. Don’t wait, get your tickets now and experience the Bold Moves Festival for yourself! We can’t wait to see you there.

– Watch the bold moves festival playlist here

– see the bold moves challenge HERE

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