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Produced in partnership with University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music

collegiate INTENSIVE 

June 20 – July 29, 2022

Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is an intimate training program produced in partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music to serve the unique needs of serious dancers in pursuit of higher education. For 6 weeks, students train with world-renowned guest faculty as well as Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership and CCM’s Undergraduate Dance Department faculty. With a foundational focus on ballet technique and performance, students also develop versatility in contemporary, modern and composition. One-on-one mentoring and coaching are hallmarks of the program as students focus on careers or graduate programs upon college graduation.

Open to students ages 18 and up. Acceptance by audition.


Students have the option to join our full six-week program or one of the three-week sessions noted below.

6-Week Program: June 20 – July 29, 2022
3-Week Program Session One: June 20 – July 8, 2022
3-Week Program Session Two: July 11 – 29, 2022

Collegiate Intensive


Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive focuses on the sophisticated needs and vocational focus of the collegiate dancer. Students engage in full-day training to refine technique and artistry at professional level standards while exploring disciplines and career pathways in other dance-related fields. Guest faculty and lecturers not only teach within the program but also provide mentorship and experienced perspectives from careers on stage, behind the scenes and in the studio.


  • Industry connections: World-class guest and resident faculty including Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.
  • Personal coaching: Intimate class sizes provide individual focus and mentorship from faculty.
  • Versatile training: Rigorous ballet-focused curriculum with supplemental courses in contemporary, modern, repertoire, conditioning and more.
  • Career workshops: Seminars explore careers in dance beyond performance including choreography, production, and administration, among others.
  • Performance: Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions.

Collegiate Intensive serves as a vital entry point into the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division and year-round programs.


Collegiate Intensive participants engage with the Otto M. Budig Academy’s year-round faculty, Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership, select company dancers, CCM’s Undergraduate Dance Department faculty, and prestigious guest artists.

2022 Faculty Announcements Coming Soon

Housing Resources

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

2022 Housing Resources Coming Soon

Collegiate Intensive


Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Collegiate Intensive is by audition only. Program registration is made available to accepted candidates following their audition. Students must be 18 years of age by program start to be eligible. This season, students have several ways in which to audition. Please see the webpage below for additional information.


Cincinnati Ballet is committed to providing Collegiate Intensive students with a rich and vibrant in-person program experience that offers access to the full breadth of our curriculum and repertoire. With the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty as a top priority, all Collegiate Intensive participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 protocols will be released in Spring of 2022 as we continue to monitor the recommendations of public health authorities in order to deliver a responsible and safe student experience.

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