CincyDance! is Cincinnati Ballet’s cornerstone education program and is at the heart our mission to expand a love of dance across our community. Thousands of greater Cincinnati area students are introduced to dance through in-school residencies, ballet classes and scholarship opportunities to the Otto M. Budig Academy at Cincinnati Ballet.
Available to all Cincinnati area 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms
The CincyDance! program starts in the classroom using a combination of state curriculum standards and dance training techniques to activate a student’s desire to express themselves through movement. Over 6 classroom visits, professional teaching artists create a welcoming environment for students to discover their potential and foster a love of creativity in movement. This year, in an effort to serve teachers and students safely, the 6-week CincyDance! residency has been adapted to a virtual experience that can be streamed in your classroom or at home.
What’s Included in the Virtual Residency?
– 6 Virtual dance classes available on Vimeo
– Classes include Ballet, Modern, Salsa, Street Dance and more!
– Educator’s Guide with interactive student pages
– Spotify playlist with music from virtual classes
– Audio recordings of select dance exercises
– Optional Zoom session with Ms. Carolyn, head residency teacher to answer student questions
Participants are selected by audition from the Classroom Residency Program
Students who show a passion and aptitude for dance are invited to audition for Ballet Foundations, a fully scholarshiped course at Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. This hour-long class expands on the lessons learned in the CincyDance! residency. Students participating in Ballet Foundations are supplied with ballet attire including leotards, tights and ballet shoes.
Audition information will be available soon as we monitor the current health status of our community.
Select Ballet Foundations participants
Each year, five to six students are selected from Ballet Foundations to receive full, lifetime tuition scholarships to Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. The Academy’s pre-professional training program provides students with a world-class dance education as well as performance opportunities with the Academy and Cincinnati Ballet’s professional company. Students may go on to pursue dance as a career pathway or as a personal passion.