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Oh no, not the flying monkeys!

It wouldn’t be The Wizard of Oz without the Wicked Witch’s minions. Some of our dancers fly across the stage in harnesses, wearing amazing winged-monkey costumes created by designer Liz Vandal. In addition, the sea of monkeys is also thanks to puppets created by theatrical designer Nicholas Mahon. Special thanks to Kansas City Ballet and […]

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4 Tickets to OZ for $100!

There’s no place like the Aronoff on Halloween! Bring the family, come in costume and score FOUR tickets for $100! Celebrate Halloween with The Wizard of Oz.  Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto, and all their friends on their topsy-turvy adventure to Oz. Not a fan of trick-or-treating? Worried what the weather might be? […]

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Win Tickets to The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy’s ruby red slipper pointe shoes are now on display at Cincinnati Museum Center! Take a selfie (like this little cutie) with the slippers and you could WIN four tickets to The Wizard of Oz. Post your photo to Cincinnati Ballet’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) and use the hashtag #CBApplause. The shoes […]

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The Wizard of Oz: By the Numbers

From October 25 through November 3, there’s no place like the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Experience our spectacular production of The Wizard of Oz. With projection technology, puppetry, and flying effects, it’s unlike any ballet you’ve seen before.  To execute what you see on stage also takes a village of dancers, wardrobe crew, stagehands, […]

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Étoile Spotlight – September

Victoria and Cincinnati Ballet Take National Stage for Gender Equity A dancer’s transformation into choreographer is a deeply personal journey. For Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, it started at a friend’s birthday party. “It was a fluke,” Morgan recalls. “While I was a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, we decided to do choreography […]

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Nutcracker in July 2019

Don’t delay — make your plans now and join us for Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition, December 19 through 29, 2019 at Music Hall with 50% off tickets to select performances of The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy. Single tickets for the 2019-2020 Season go on sale Monday, August 5, but you can order your The Nutcracker […]

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Story Choreography Project

 As a loyal supporter of the Ballet, you may already be familiar with our flagship Community Program, CincyDance! For more than 20 years, we have brought dance classes into third grade classrooms and provided opportunities for the most motivated and talented of those students to continue their training, including with lifelong scholarships to the Otto […]

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Interview with Cervilio

We recently sat down with Cincinnati Ballet principal dancer and Co-Artistic Director of Moving Arts, Cervilio Miguel Amador, to learn a bit more about what Moving Arts is and why he’s so passionate about it. The festival comes to Cincinnati June 28-29, and tickets are available online at https://www.movingartsco.org/, or by calling the Cincinnati Ballet […]

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2019-2020 Season

Oh, What a Season it’s Going to Be!

Our 2019-2020 Season will feature seven dynamic productions, including compelling new works and crowd-pleasing returning favorites. We hope that you’ll subscribe and join us for all of the following: The Kaplan New Works Series – featuring works from emerging artists, including a trio of female powerhouse choreographers and two Cincinnati Ballet dancers (September 12-22, 2019) […]

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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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Victoria Morgan Reflects on Bold Moves

Cincinnati Ballet presents a wide variety of repertoire during its performance season, including a number of new works.  In this issue, Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, talks about the upcoming Bold Moves program and some of her favorite moments of the 2018-2019 Season. 1. What are the characteristics of the ballets chosen for a Bold Moves […]

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Introducing Sarah Templeton Wilson

Sarah joins Cincinnati Ballet after serving in various advancement positions at both Ohio and Miami Universities. She most recently served as the Assistant Director of Alumni Groups where she successfully created and launched an affinity group program, working closely with the development, communications, and alumni offices to develop engagement plans to grow event attendance, volunteerism, […]

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Celebrating Many Incredible Cincinnati Ballet Women

Since March plays host to Women’s History Month, here’s a shout out to a number of women who have each impacted Cincinnati Ballet in their own very unique and important ways: Myrl Laurence, Virginina Garrett and Nancy Bauer – Cincinnati Civic Ballet (as Cincinnati Ballet was originally known) was the brainchild of these three local […]

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Ballet and Broadway

The exciting worlds of Broadway and Ballet came dynamically together in a unique Master Class at the Cincinnati Ballet studios in early March. The session, taught by actor Krystal Mackie from Hamilton: An American Musical, was attended by 20 eager students from the Otto M. Budig Academy Professional Training Division. Cincinnati Ballet always looks for […]

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Aladdin Casts a Magical Spell

After Beauty and the Beast inaugurated Cincinnati Ballet’s popular Family Series last season, the series returns March 30 – April 7 with another family-friendly production for kids of all ages with our Family Series: Aladdin. We spoke with Suzette Boyer Webb, Director of Cincinnati Ballet Second Company (CB2), about what it takes to take to […]

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The Luck of the Irish

One of the highlights of the month of March is St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated not just in Ireland, but with those of Irish heritage around the globe. Corps de Ballet dancer Kathleen Dahlhoff’s ancestors hail from The Emerald Isle. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Kathleen shared a little about her culture and […]

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Meet CB Monday

 Jefferson Payne  grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He started training at the age of four with Boston Ballet School. Mr. Payne danced with The Minnesota Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet, and most recently was a Guest Artist working closely with coach Magaly Suarez. We are excited to have him here at Cincinnati Ballet! Have you ever […]

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CINCINNATI BALLET ANNOUNCES 2019-2020 SEASON

Cincinnati Premiere Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, Val Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House, Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake PLUS return of The Nutcracker presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, Kaplan New Works and Family Series: Snow White Photo courtesy: Aaron M. Conway Photography CINCINNATI, OH (March 7, 2019) – Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to announce today our 2019-2020 […]

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Conquering one of Ballet’s Most Demanding Roles: Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

Cincinnati Ballet Principal Dancer, Melissa Gelfin, joined Cincinnati Ballet as a new dancer for the 2014-2015 Season. She was promoted to Corps de Ballet, then to Senior Soloist, and ultimately to Principal Dancer. While she has danced numerous roles throughout her career, the role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty is definitely one of the most demanding […]

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Love is in the Air

Not only do many fall in love WITH the ballet…but many have also fallen in love AT the ballet. In fact, sometimes all it takes is the right mixture of beautiful music and dance coupled with a passion for the arts to set flames afire. In this edition, we speak with four Cincinnati Ballet dancer […]

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Love is in the Air

When and where did you and David meet? We met in 2011 while we were both dancers with Charlotte Ballet but we actually didn’t really get to know each other until we started dancing together in the Pas De Trois in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Where was your first date? David called me one afternoon and […]

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BOGO Ticket Sale

This Weekend Only – EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY, 1/28 BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Tickets for Select Performances of The Sleeping Beauty Simply enter promo code: 4163 into the box labeled “Promo Code” and click “submit” before adding seats to your shopping cart or click on the links below. Get your tickets for these select dates only […]

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Meet CB Monday

David joined Cincinnati Ballet in the 2016-2017 Season and was promoted to Soloist for the 2017-2018 Season. In addition to being a professional dancer, David is also an accomplished pianist. What’s your favorite role you’ve ever danced? Hands down, the principal man in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. I’ve never felt more powerful on […]

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Love is in the Air

When and where did you and Edward meet? We met in Sarasota, FL when we were both dancing for the Sarasota Ballet. Edward joined during my second season with the company. Where was your first date? For our first date Edward asked to take me out to dinner for my birthday. We went to a Mexican restaurant and afterwards took […]

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Dance-Inspired Workouts to Make the Best “YOU” in 2019

Looking for new ways to meet your fitness goals for the year ahead?  Consider taking a class with Cincinnati Ballet Dance and Fitness. Developed and taught by former Company dancer, Courtney Hellebuyck, Cincinnati Ballet Dance and Fitness provides a variety of dance-inspired workouts to help make you the best “you” you can be.  Included are classes […]

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Dancer Dreams and Aspirations for 2019

Here’s what seven Cincinnati Ballet dancers had to say about what they hope they will have accomplished – either personally, professionally or both – by year’s end: “I want to be able to say that it was one of the best years of my life so far! I hope that it is a year full […]

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Meet CB Monday: Melissa Gelfin

Melissa joined Cincinnati Ballet as a New Dancer in the 2014-2015 Season and in February was promoted to Corps de Ballet. Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist for the 2017-2018 Season and Principal for the 2018-2019 Season. What’s your favorite role you’ve ever danced? My absolute favorite role that I have had the opportunity to […]

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Love is in the Air

When did you and Cervi meet? We met when I joined the company in 2008 as a trainee. We didn’t begin dating until the summer of 2010. We dated for three years and actually broke up for about a year and a half. We got back together in 2015. Where was your first date? We […]

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Meet the Staff: Ramsey Houston

One of Cincinnati Ballet’s newest employees, Ramsey Houston, is the Executive Assistant to The Sue and Bill Friedlander Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan. Read on to get to know Ramsey, and learn a little about her life, family, and passions…including dance. What is your role at Cincinnati Ballet? I’m the new Executive Assistant to The Sue […]

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Meet CB Monday

James Cunningham joined Cincinnati Ballet Second Company as a Trainee in 2008. After graduating from CCM magna cum laude in 2010, he joined the Cincinnati Ballet company as an Apprentice and worked his way up to Soloist by 2016. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing since I was 11 […]

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Love is in the Air

Where was your first date? Our first date was dinner and a show. We went to Biagio’s Bistro in Clifton.  It’s a great little Italian place on Ludlow Ave. I was so nervous that I parked the car and blocked the passenger door with a telephone pole. I had to move the car just so that […]

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Meet CB Monday

Bella Ureta joined the Cincinnati Ballet corps de ballet in the 2017 season. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing for 14 years. I started dancing when I was selected to join Pacific Northwest Ballet’s school through their outreach program, ‘Dance Chance’. I loved being part of […]

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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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Meet CB Monday: Sirui Liu

Sirui joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2011 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in the 2017-2018 Season. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Rose. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing for 24 years.😳 I have always had […]

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Meet the Staff: Melinda Dobson

What is your role with Cincinnati Ballet?  I am the Production Stage Manager. During a production, my role is to ensure lighting, scenery, and props cues are executed seamlessly. How long have you been with the Company?  I’ve been with the Company since 2011. What jobs did you have previously?  I’ve worked as Production Stage Manager […]

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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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Meet CB Monday: Samantha Griffin

Samantha joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose, Flower, Spanish, and Snowflake. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I was around 4 years old when I started dancing. My mom actually put me into a bunch of different sports when […]

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Meet CB Monday: Serena Helene Hanavan

Serena joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 2015. This year in The Nutcracker, she will be dancing the roles of Rose and Snow Queen. How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? Believe it or not, I was very shy when I was young, so when I was 3 years old my mom put me […]

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Meet CB Monday

Christian Renforth joined the Cincinnati Ballet corps de ballet in 2017. This year in The Nutcracker, he will be playing the roles of Mouse King, Spanish, and parlor guest, and for the first time he is learning the role of Snow King. How long have you been dancing? Long before I even remember. Three I […]

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Cyber Monday Ticket Sale

The perfect holiday gift for friends and family is an adventure through the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during The Nutcracker. November 26 only Cincinnati Ballet is offering steep Cyber Monday discounts on select Nutcracker performances. Cyber Monday Only MONDAY saves 20% off Nutcracker tickets Simply enter CYBERMONDAY into the box labeled “Promo Code” […]

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Nutcracker Black Friday Offer

Nutcracker Ticket Sale

We have so much to be thankful for this year, most of all YOU! We would love to see you this season and hope you add The Nutcracker to your holiday tradition this year. Now through Monday, take 20% off select performances of The Nutcracker. ACT NOW for 20% off Select Performances of The Nutcracker […]

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Behind the Scenes

The Sleeping Beauty is one of the biggest productions in Cincinnati Ballet’s repertoire. When it comes to life again at Music Hall from February 14-17, dancers will be wearing 70 luminous, newly handsewn tutus. “It’s a dying art,” said Cincinnati Ballet Wardrobe Mistress Diana Vandergriff-Adams. “People aren’t sewing anymore. It takes too much time.” Tutus […]

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Meet the Staff: Oğulcan Borova

Oğulcan Borova began his career as a ballet dancer in Turkey and received his first contract as a professional dancer in the United States in 1999. He was a guest artist for many years at Cincinnati Ballet before officially joining as a principal dancer from 2008-2012.He returned to Cincinnati Ballet to serve as Ballet Master in […]

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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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How do they do that?

Cincinnati Ballet’s Special Events Manager oversees more than 40 events each year, with everything from fundraising events for hundreds of attendees (such as An Intimate Evening and Club B) to cast parties and five annual gatherings for members of Étoile.  Rachel Hinger pulls back the curtain on how long it can take to prepare for an event. In […]

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Meet CB Monday: Chisako Oga

How long have you been dancing? Why did you become a dancer? I have been dancing since I was 10! I decided to become a dancer because I saw my sisters dancing ballet growing up and I knew that, that was what I wanted to do! Who, or what, was your biggest teacher? That’s a […]

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How do they do that?

One of the most magical parts of any stage version of Peter Pan – ballet or otherwise – is seeing members of the cast literally take off and fly around the stage.  Cincinnati Ballet’s upcoming production is no exception.  So, how did the ability for performers to fly on stage come to be? To answer […]

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Meet Cincinnati Ballet Staff

As Patron Engagement Manager for Cincinnati Ballet, Lauren Moore heads up a dedicated staff of six that handles hundreds of customer interactions each month, from answering questions about the ballet to selling subscriptions, exchanging tickets, and so much more. She is the first impression our more than 70,000 patrons encounter, and exceptional customer service is […]

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Behind the Scenes with….

Carmon DeLeone, Cincinnati Ballet’s Music Director, is celebrating his 50th Anniversary with the company this season.  In First Position wanted to know more about Carmon’s interests and inspirations.  Here’s what he told us: Who was the most pivotal person in your life when it comes to music, and why? There are so many people who […]

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Dancer Spotlight

Principal dancer, Melissa Gelfin, is one of two Cincinnati Ballet dancers who will be portraying the role of Tinkerbell in the upcoming production of Peter Pan.  She is excited to dance the role again (the first time was with Cincinnati Ballet in 2014).  Here are Melissa’s thoughts about taking on this challenging role once again: […]

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Peter Pan flies into Music Hall

Join Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Darling kids as they travel to Neverland and meet the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, and a very hungry crocodile! The classic story of ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’ is transformed into a full-length ballet with challenging and charming choreography by Septime Webre that  — quite literally — […]

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Cincinnati Ballet celebrates World Ballet Day

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 join the Cincinnati Ballet as we celebrate World Ballet Day with a livestream of our company class on our Facebook page from 9:15 to 10:35 AM EST.  Join Cincinnati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Ballet Master Oğulcan Borova, and our company of artists for a behind-the scene look at what […]

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Nutcracker Kids Cast 2018

Congratulations to all the talented young dancers who auditioned for The Nutcracker performances! We were impressed to have so much skill and enthusiasm grace our auditions. Below, you’ll find the official Nutcracker Kids Cast for 2018. You may also download the casting list here.

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Creating a Dancer

Milton Holloway was only eight when Cincinnati Ballet’s CincyDance! educational outreach program visited his school. From that moment on, ballet has been Milton’s passion. He graduated from Otto M.Budig Academy and is now attending UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, on is his way to becoming a professional dancer.

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Nutcracker in July 2018

Don’t delay — make your plans now and join us for Cincinnati’s beloved holiday tradition, December 13 through 24, 2018 at Music Hall. Single tickets for the 2018-2019 Season go on sale Monday, August 6, but you can order your The Nutcracker tickets early AND get a great family deal! Special Two-Day Offer: Nutcracker in […]

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2018 Nutcracker Young Performers Auditions

Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. Download Young Performers Auditions Information sheet. Currently enrolled Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students ONLY A $20 audition fee will apply to everyone […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Director’s Cut: Musical Masters

Cincinnati Ballet continues its season with a triple bill highlighting dynamic choreographers paired with musical masterpieces performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, March 15-18 at Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program has been hand-selected by Artistic Director, Victoria Morgan, and showcases the symbiotic and critically-important relationship between dance and music. “This is Cincinnati Ballet’s first […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Unveils a Landmark 2018-2019 Season

Cincinnati Ballet announces its 2018-2019 Season, a celebration of Carmon DeLeone’s 50th Anniversary as Music Director, with more performances than ever before. The ambitious programming schedule includes diverse offerings, from sophisticated classics to adventurous new works in tandem with expanded fun for the whole family. “Carmon is loved by his Cincinnati Ballet family; the dancers, […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Carmina Burana + Serenade

Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to continue its historic return to Music Hall with a dazzling premiere of Carmina Burana, coupled with George Balanchine’s “stunningly beautiful”* Serenade, for six performances this Valentine’s Day weekend – February 8 through 11. Carl Orff’s powerful and evocative score comes brilliantly to life in the Cincinnati Premiere of the “wickedly […]

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Lost and Found

In 1803, in a dusty monastery in Bavaria, a librarian re-discovered a manuscript not seen since the 13th century. Later named the Carmina Burana, the manuscript contained 254 poems and dramatic texts. Believed to be the works of students and clergy, researchers date some of the texts back to the 11th century. Curators who started […]

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Cyber Monday Ticket Sale

The perfect holiday gift for friends and family is an adventure through the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker. November 27 only Cincinnati Ballet is offering steep Cyber Monday discounts on select Nutcracker performances. Cyber Monday Only MONDAY saves 20% off Nutcracker tickets Simply enter MONDAY into the […]

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A Perfect Combination of Music and Dance – Romeo & Juliet Lives Again

Cincinnati Ballet makes its triumphant return to Music Hall with the Romeo & Juliet this Thursday. With a cast of 34 dancers and a dazzling Prokofiev score performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Romeo & Juliet is the perfect production to herald the ballet’s return to the newly-renovated Music Hall. Carmon DeLeone, Music Director of Cincinnati Ballet, […]

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Becoming Juliet

It’s been a big year for dancers Chisako Oga and Melissa Gelfin. Oga was promoted this year to Principal Dancer and Gelfin was promoted to Senior Soloist, both after dancing lead roles in full-length ballets last season such as Swanilda in Coppélia and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. This season, both Oga and Gelfin […]

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Gina Cerimele-Mechley, Fight Director for Romeo & Juliet

If you are a theater or ballet-goer in the Cincinnati region, chances are you’ve witnessed the artistry of Gina Cerimele-Mechley. The actor/director/teacher/choreographer/movement coach extraordinaire has created fight choreography for several Cincinnati Ballet productions including Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Arthur’s Camelot, and our upcoming performances of Romeo & Juliet. In addition to the epic, action-packed […]

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Cincinnati Ballet and Contemporary Dance Theater Partner to Present COLLIDE!

In partnership with Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT), and with support from the Cincinnati Arts Association and ArtsWave, Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce Collide!, with three performances on October 13 and 14, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The Collide! performance series is a unique collaboration in celebration of the BLINK Festival taking place that weekend, […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Romeo & Juliet

Cincinnati Ballet returns to the newly renovated Cincinnati Music Hall with six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate Romeo & Juliet, October 26 through 29. Victoria Morgan brings the most well-known love story of all time to life with a dazzling blend of dance and drama. Shakespeare’s legendary tale, written nearly 420 years ago, continues to […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Introduces New Event Series, Ballet Plus

Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to announce a brand new event series called Ballet Plus. Throughout the 2017-2108 Season, Cincinnati Ballet will host five fun, after-hours events at various popular locations around the city, including the Cincinnati Ballet Center located at 1555 Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience an insider’s view […]

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Travis Wall, The Kaplan New Works Series

Travis Wall Brings His Unique Style to Cincinnati Ballet in New Works

“I’m very confident in storytelling,” Travis Wall, choreographer and Artistic Director of Shaping Sound Dance Company, said. “Something I can do is create a story with no words and get that across to an audience.” That is exactly what Travis Wall brings to Cincinnati Ballet’s The Kaplan New Works Series September, 14-24 at the Aronoff […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Launches New, Annual Family Series with Beauty and the Beast

Cincinnati Ballet is proud to announce a new, annual Family Series, with an inaugural production of Beauty and the Beast, featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company, with dancers from the new Professional Training Division, and students from Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Beauty and the Beast comes to the Aronoff Center, with six performances […]

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Walnut Hills High School Senior Joins Professional Training Division

Sometimes in life, it takes losing something to truly know what it means to us. This sentiment rings true for Vivian LaCerda, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division, who discovered her intense passion for dance after an injury put her on the sidelines. After suffering from a hip injury going into seventh grade, […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Brings Dance Back to Historic Music Hall

Cincinnati Ballet joins Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Cincinnati Opera, and May Festival, as a Cincinnati Music Hall resident performing company, with three productions in the 2017-2018 Season. Cincinnati Ballet’s participation in the five-week Music Hall Grand Opening celebration will include six performances of Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, October 26 through […]

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Nutcracker Kids Cast 2017

Congratulations to all the talented young dancers who auditioned for Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker performances! We were impressed to have so much skill and enthusiasm grace our auditions. Below, you’ll find the official Nutcracker Kids Cast for 2017. You may also download the casting list here.

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Cincinnati Ballet Professional Training Division Renee Castonguay

Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division Welcomes Student From the West Coast

“No one was asking me to change how I was dancing, just asking me to let go and be more free. That’s what I loved,” Renee Castonguay, a member of Cincinnati Ballet’s newly formed Professional Training Division, said referring to her Summer Intensive experience. Castonguay, originally from Huntington Beach, CA, joins students from around the […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy Launches Professional Training Division

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy launched a new initiative entitled the Professional Training Division (PTD) on Monday, August 7, 2017. The 38-week program, led by the Academy Director of Training and former Cincinnati Ballet Principal, Sarah Hairston, is designed to support the transition from ballet student to professional dancer. It focuses on developing each […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents The Kaplan New Works Series

Celebrating its 13th year, The Kaplan New Work Series opens Cincinnati Ballet’s groundbreaking 2017-2018 Season September 14-24 at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The series offers an up-close experience with a variety of exciting world premieres by today’s most innovative choreographers. This year’s program includes special guest Travis Wall, best known for his work on […]

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Cincy Sets the Stage: Arts ‘level up’ with newly renovated Music Hall

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Cincinnati’s art world will undergo a tectonic change as it welcomes area residents back to the historic Over-the-Rhine home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati May Festival. In its refurbished and expanded form, it’s sure to invoke jealousy in cities across America and around the world.

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Tired of bar-hopping? Here are 9 ways young professionals can plug into the city’s rich arts scene

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Using the arts to connect young professionals to the city, encouraging them to develop friendships and relationships that will keep them and their talents in the region, also is one of the key tenets for ArtsWave, Greater Cincinnati’s leading arts agency.

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Nutcracker Young Performers Auditions

VIEW THE NUTCRACKER 2017 KIDS CAST  Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Auditions for The Nutcracker will be held at 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214. Download Young Performers Auditions Information sheet. Currently enrolled Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy students ONLY A $20 […]

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Cincinnati Ballet hosts “Choreographing Confidence” Workshop Presented by Always

Cincinnati Ballet presents Choreographing Confidence, a dance and leadership workshop, through the generous support of Always, June 17 at 1 pm at the Over-the-Rhine studios located at 1555 Central Parkway. More than 100 young women ages 10-17 will spend the afternoon learning, interacting with mentors, and engaging in activities with a focus on developing confidence […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Expands and Reorganizes Leadership Team

Executive Director Scott Altman announces the administrative reorganization and expansion of Cincinnati Ballet’s leadership team with the addition of respected nonprofit leader Tanya Cornejo as Vice President of External Affairs. The newly imagined role has been added to the leadership team as part of Cincinnati Ballet’s long-term strategy for sustained growth and advancement. “I am […]

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The artist “Swoon” with her set for Cincinnati Ballet’s New Works PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER

CityBeat: Ballet, CAC to Showcase Street Artist ‘Swoon’

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Using humble materials, temporary approaches and by “getting up” enough work on the street, by the mid-2000s Swoon was becoming familiar enough that she had already sold pieces to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and had a solo show at Deitch Projects gallery — all this merely a few years out of college.

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ArtsWave: Cincinnati Ballet’s sensory-friendly Swan Lake, Jr. takes place March 19

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The sensory-friendly performance will be performed at 5pm, designed to create a welcoming and inviting experience for patrons and children with sensory sensitivities or specific needs. These adjustments include gentle lighting and sound, on-hand specialists, and a flexible, open-door theater environment, complete with designated break spaces.

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CityBeat: Superstar Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s unique Gaga style of contemporary dance comes to Cincinnati Ballet

http://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/dance/article/20854980/superstar-israeli-choreographer-ohad-naharins-unique-gaga-style-of-contemporary-dance-comes-to-cincinnati-ballet

Authenticity shouldn’t be hard to find in Bold Moves. Both choreographers are bringing their personal stories to the table and translating them into a performance that’s reflective of their lives, but also open to interpretation from the audience.

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Dance USA: Family-Friendly Programming Helps Dance Organizations Attract Fans and See What’s Beyond the Box Office

http://danceusa.org/ejournal/2017/02/28/family-friendly-programming-helps-dance-organizations-attract-fans

“I think getting people moving is the answer to getting people hooked,” says Cincinnati Ballet director of education Julie Sunderland. “I want you to come see the ballet, but I also want to find that person who learns from an arts-integrated lesson in a way they couldn’t otherwise.”

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DanceMagazine.com: Cincinnati Ballet Bets on Women Choreographers

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Not only is Cincinnati Ballet’s ratio of men to women choreographers balanced, but the season is artistically balanced, too. Look at the rest of the programming: master works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, company premieres from Justin Peck and former Houston Ballet dancer Garrett Smith and a world premiere from SYTYCD favorite Travis Wall.

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Cincinnati.com: Tweaking perfection: King Arthur’s Camelot gets a redo

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/theater/2017/02/02/tweaking-perfection-king-arthurs-camelot-gets-redo/97400176/

Writers have the opportunity to edit text before it’s read. Musicians refine music before it is performed. Filmmakers pore over films frame by frame to fine-tune the finished product. Choreographers rarely have that sort of chance. So when they do get it, they embrace it with a vengeance.

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Super Bowl Traffic at Houston Auditions

For dancers wishing to audition in Houston, Texas, we have compiled some helpful information about street closures and changes to traffic patterns. Prepare for additional traffic due to the Super Bowl!! The NFL Honors event, Saturday evening from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Wortham Theater will most directly impact traffic getting to and from Houston Ballet. […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Return to Music Hall

When Music Hall reopens in the Fall of 2017, Cincinnati Ballet will join our fellow arts organizations, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and May Festival as a resident company. Starting in the 2017-2018 Season, three of our productions will be presented at Music Hall, including Victoria Morgan’s passionate and powerful Romeo and Juliet, with a classic Sergei Prokofiev score, as well as our beloved Nutcracker. We are thrilled to bring ballet back to the Music Hall stage!

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Cincinnati.com: Cincinnati Ballet goes all ‘road trip’ to perform at the nation’s capital

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2016/11/23/the-cincinnati-ballet-goes-all-road-trip-to-perform-at-the-nations-capital/94274128/

For these young dancers – they range from 17 to somewhere in their mid-30s – the sense of excitement is palpable. They’re giggly and chattering as they wait to board the bus. For many of them this is the their first-ever tour.

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New Nutcracker Knowledge

How much do you know about Cincinnati Ballet’s Nutcracker? In this video, we collected some little known facts about Frisch’s Big Boy Presents The Nutcracker so you can feel like an insider before you get to the theater. If you’re already an expert, we have even more fun facts below! Did you know? Over 100 children […]

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Cincinnati.com: Cincy Ballet’s Victoria Morgan: The woman who changed everything

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/arts/2016/09/08/cincy-ballets-victoria-morgan-woman-who-changed-everything/89908426/

By staying in Cincinnati, Morgan has reigned over a period that has seen its share of tumult and triumphs, crises and conquests. But as she begins her 20th season as Cincinnati Ballet’s leader – the season opens Sept. 16 – she can look to a list of accomplishments that would make any business leader proud.

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Cincinnati Ballet to Present during The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference

The Cincinnati Music and Wellness Coalition will hold The Fifth Annual Music & Medicine Conference on October 7, 2016 from 8 am – 3:45 pm. The conference aims to strengthen and support communities through recreational music making. Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education and Outreach, Julie Sunderland, will be on hand to present during the Creativity & Wellness […]

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Nutcracker Young Performers Auditions

Cincinnati Ballet is looking for talented young performers to be a part of this timeless holiday tradition. Each year we audition and select young performers to fill various roles during our largest show of the season. If your child is interested in auditioning to be in the kids cast of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, please review […]

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Director’s Choice | Groundbreaking Female Choreographers

Director’s Choice is a unique, mixed-repertoire presentation featuring works by four groundbreaking female choreographers. The diverse yet balanced evening curated by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan includes Jessica Lang’s A Solo in Nine Parts, Heather Britt’s Habitual, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows and a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald. Audiences have three opportunities to […]

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Wild Sweet Love | A Triple Bill Collaboration with BalletMet Columbus

Cincinnati Ballet presents a triple bill in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus March 18 and 19 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The program includes George Balanchine’s Who Cares? performed by Cincinnati Ballet and BalletMet Columbus, Age of Innocence performed by BalletMet Columbus and Wild Sweet Love performed by Cincinnati Ballet. The family friendly Ballet Toybox […]

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T. Rex Dancing Ballet

Everyone please welcome Cincinnati Ballet’s latest Visiting Artist: Pas De BourRex! We periodically bring in talented artists from all over the world, but this marks the first time a Visiting Artist comes from an entirely different era (not to mention species)! Enjoy the T Rex ballerina video, we hope it brightens up your week!

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Eric Van Wyk: Cinderella Puppet Design

Eric Van Wyk received his M.F.A. in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland—College Park and his B.A. in Fine Arts from Dordt College. His credits at the Children’s Theatre Co. in Minneapolis include being scenic designer for Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, The Sheep-Pig, puppet and scenic designer for The Biggest Little House […]

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Peter Farmer: Cinderella Scenic and Costume Designer

Peter Farmer has designed for most of the major ballet companies in the world, including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Houston Ballet, London City Ballet, Sadlerís Wells/Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rome and Cologne Opera Houses, Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, New London Ballet, Ballet Rambert, […]

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Patric Palkens and Abigail Morwood Win Silver at the Vienna International Ballet Experience

Principal Dancer Patric Palkens and Soloist Abigail Morwood competed with more than 200 dancers from around the world Thursday in the first Vienna International Ballet Competition held in the United States. Performing the Variation of Franz from Coppelia and the Grand Pas Classique Variation, Palkens took home a Silver Medal in the Men’s Classical category. Soloist […]

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Cinderella Returns with a Fresh New Look

Cinderella returns this Valentine’s weekend with choreography by Victoria Morgan. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performs the music of the legendary Sergei Prokofiev, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. Audiences have five opportunities to see the beloved tale come to life at the at the Aronoff Center, February 12-14. From the modern vision of Artistic Director & […]

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Choreographer Val Caniparoli

Val Caniparoli’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after American choreographers in the United States and abroad. He has contributed to the repertories of more than forty dance companies, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet West (resident choreographer 1993-97), Washington Ballet, Israel […]

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Video and Dance Collide in Plotnikov’s eye on pointe taken

Viktor Plotnikov didn’t want to be a choreographer, he was pretty satisfied dancing as a Principal Dancer for Boston Ballet. But the encouragement of friends and family led him to an entirely new career as a full time choreographer. Luckily for us, this change in direction has created eye pointe taken, a ballet featuring not […]

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Hougland’s “personal favorite” ballet Returns for New Works

Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland presents two pieces in the 2015-2016 Kaplan New Works Series, including the world premiere of his latest solo piece: Fellow Traveler, and the return of All My Favorite People from Cincinnati Ballet & Over the Rhine Live.   We caught up with Adam to ask what it’s like seeing his […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Presents Exciting Collaborations and World Premieres for 52nd Season 

Download the 1516 Season Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s 2015-2016 Season brings exciting collaborations, world premieres and the return of a beloved fairytale favorite with: The Kaplan New Works Series, Lady of the Camellias, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wild Sweet Love and Director’s Choice performed at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Kaplan New Works […]

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The Nutcracker Escorts Big Boy to Aronoff

Frisch’s has been sponsoring the Cincinnati Ballet production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker since it’s beginning in 1974! Each year Big Boy is ceremoniously escorted by the Nutcracker to his rightful place in the Aronoff Center lobby to kick off Cincinnati’s Nutcracker season.

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Cincinnati Ballet Debuts Nutcracker Performance Hosts

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Performance Hosts Press Release Cincinnati Ballet’s exciting family tradition, The Nutcracker Luncheon, has evolved into Nutcracker Performance Hosts. This special event series provides an all-access, VIP experience to patrons during any one of the eleven performances of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker this December 19-27, 2014. A special opportunity for families to enjoy […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker

Download the 1415 Nutcracker Press Release Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker returns for its 40th Anniversary December 19 through 27 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s sensational score, conducted by Maestro Carmon DeLeone. The holiday favorite, presented since 1974, saw a re-envisioning in a 2011 world premiere, with […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Hosts Dance Theatre of Harlem

Download the 1415 Dance Theatre of Harlem Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased welcome the iconic Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to Cincinnati November 3-4 for two days of special performances and appearances, accompanied by Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of DTH. With assistance from Cincinnati Ballet’s Education & Outreach Department, DTH will pay visit to local […]

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Cincinnati Ballet Spreads Joy of Dance through Live Streaming Performance for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Download the 1415 Peter Pan Live Stream Press Release Cincinnati Ballet is pleased to announce the November 8, 2 pm matinee performance of Peter Pan at the Aronoff Center for the Arts will live stream directly to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, giving patients and their families the opportunity to experience the whimsical adventure without leaving […]

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Cincinnati Ballet to Host “Ballerina for a Day” with Cure Starts Now!

Download the 1415 Cure Starts Now event Press Release Cincinnati Ballet will be hosting the third annual “ballerina for a day” event with The Cure Starts Now on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1:00 pm –3:00 pm at the Cincinnati Ballet Center for children affected by pediatric cancer. These patients and their families are invited to […]

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Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works series in Tenth Season

Download the 1415 New Works Press Release The 2014-2015 Season brings a handful of new things to Cincinnati Ballet: the tenth annual production of season opener The Kaplan New Works Series, September 11-21; the transition to New Works performances in a new space, the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts; a collaboration between […]

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