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New Students


We’re thrilled you’re interested in joining Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Our Academy staff and faculty consider it a distinct privilege to share our love of dance with students and families throughout the greater Cincinnati area. We hope to have opportunity to serve you and can’t wait to welcome you to the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. We know in any new endeavor the hardest part can be figuring out how to get started. While there’s a lot to consider when enrolling in classes, we offer the resources below to make it as simple as possible. Need additional support? We’re happy to help. Our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have. You can find our contact information at the bottom of this webpage.

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Enrollment for 2021-2022 Academy Year programs opens in June and remains open through January 15, 2022. Students are encouraged to enroll prior to the beginning of classes so they can benefit from a full year of training, but enrollment through the fall and winter up until January 15, 2022 is also welcome. Students who enroll after the first month of classes receive a prorated tuition rate. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come first-served basis so early registration is advised. Payment of the registration fee and performance fee (if applicable) is due upon registration while tuition balances are eligible for any one of our three payment plan options outlined during registration.


Throughout November and December, Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy invites new students to join us as we embark on our historic 2021-2022 Season!

Placement Classes

in person placement


Each summer, our staff and faculty run placement class events which provide students the opportunity to get to know our faculty and try a class. Parents also have opportunity to tour our facility and learn more about our programs.
Summer placement events have concluded for the 2021-2022 Season.

Academy Year

During the Academy Year, new students are welcome to request an in-person placement assessment in one of our ongoing classes. Interested students should complete the form below so we can connect you to the appropriate class.

video placement

New students may also be placed by video audition. Video auditions are accepted on an ongoing basis and require a $40 video audition fee.

Video auditions should be performed in leotard and tights for ladies and tight-fitting dancewear for gentlemen. Videos require no introduction or fancy editing and should not exceed 15 minutes in length. They should be recorded indoors with proper lighting.

To register for a video audition, please access the link below.

For guidance on what to include in your video audition, please review the section below.

additional support

Need additional guidance on level placement or connecting to the class that’s right for you? We’d love to help. Please complete the inquiry form below so we can learn more about you. An Academy staff member will follow up with more specific support.

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contact The academy




1801 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202