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Getting to Know Sarah Hairston

It’s always interesting when you learn from individuals within an organization that have held multiple roles over a period of time.  A wonderful example at Cincinnati Ballet is Sarah Hairston. Sarah is the Otto M. Budig Academy Director and before that was a Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancer for multiple seasons. She’s been with the Company for […]

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It’s Full Steam Ahead This Summer

If you think that Cincinnati Ballet closes up shop as soon as the performance season ends for the Main Company, nothing could be further from the truth!  In fact, summer is an incredibly busy time, complete with summer programs at the Academy that will involve nearly 500 people. We asked Vice President of Academy and Education, […]

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What a Monumental Year 2018 was for Cincinnati Ballet

What a monumental year 2018 was for Cincinnati Ballet! We wanted to share some of the organization’s recent accomplishments, none of which would be possible without you, our Cincinnati Ballet Family. The Otto M. Budig Academy is experiencing tremendous growth, easily outpacing our projections. We are so pleased to report the Academy currently has more than […]

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Donor Spotlight

Frisch’s Big Boy partnership with Cincinnati Ballet and The Nutcracker is a very longstanding one (almost 50 years, in fact!) Can you shed some light on how it came to be so many years ago?  Way back in 1973, philanthropist and businessman John Magro approached Jack Maier, then the president of Frisch’s, about committing $150,000 right […]

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How do they do that?

Think you’ve seen every version of The Nutcracker that Cincinnati Ballet has produced over the years? If you’re only thinking about the big, full Company productions, that’s only part of The Nutcracker story at Cincinnati Ballet. Each year, the Otto M. Budig Academy presents its own mini-version of The Nutcracker at the Cincinnati Ballet studios, […]

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Behind the Scenes

If you’re a little girl who takes ballet, chances are you won’t have ‘visions of sugar plums’ dancing through your head, but rather visions of yourself dancing in The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. The first role many young dancers dream about playing is Clara, the girl who receives a magical Nutcracker for a […]

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Alumni in Focus

Zack Grubbs began his dance training at Tuzer Ballet to supplement his education as a competitive gymnast. He came to Cincinnati Ballet in 2002 as a soloist and was promoted to senior soloist in 2005. In 2016, he retired from Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company to assume the leadership position of Academy Principal at the Otto M. Budig […]

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Otto M. Budig Academy offers special dance class just for boys

Forget pink tutus and leotards, Cincinnati Ballet designs class for little dudes who love to dance.

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WCPO – Ballet Moves gives special needs children the chance to dance

https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/cincinnati-ballet-programs-teaches-confidence-to-kids-with-disablilties

Through a unique partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Ballet offers transformative dance classes designed for children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

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Former Gymnast Finds Joy and Passion in Dance

“Dancing is really hard, maybe even harder,” Elise Csizmadia, a member of the newly formed Professional Training Division at Cincinnati Ballet, said. “In gymnastics you just learn a skill but in ballet you have to learn a technique.” The 20-year old Csizmadia began her dance training at age 14 – considerably late in the dance […]

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