Cincinnati Ballet’s Professional Training Division is an elite training program designed to support the transition from student to professional dancer. Through full-day training, participants are immersed in a course of study aligned with the artistic standards of Cincinnati Ballet’s professional Company and focused on developing each student’s professional aptitude. Participants perform their own repertoire, dance alongside Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, and may be invited to perform with Cincinnati Ballet’s professional Company at the invitation of the artistic staff.
Professional Training Division participants engage in approximately 25 hours of training each week through classes and rehearsals that mirror the professional Company’s schedule. The curriculum is designed to support the versatility required by the ever-expanding repertoire of ballet companies throughout the world with a specific focus on Cincinnati Ballet’s repertoire. Participants take daily classes in technique, pointe and repertoire or variations. Regular classes are supplemented by classes in other genres (i.e. modern, conditioning, contemporary and choreography) as well as lectures, seminars and experiences designed to further immerse students in topics essential to professional success (i.e. injury prevention, career planning, stage makeup, etc.). Frequent guest instructors include visiting artists, choreographers, directors and repetiteurs. Students also receive extensive personal coaching and career mentoring from the Academy’s faculty.
Cathleen Breslin, Michael Duncan, Kayla French, Edward Kidd, Natalie Marshall, Ramsay Miller, Siobhan Nickell, Trevor PinterParsons, Scott Reed, Lauren Vogel, Avery Ward
Lucy Arnold, Hannah Blair, Ava Bradford, Jenna Daugherty, Abigail Einterz, Amber Harper, Madelyn Harpole, Natalie Higle, Anna Kinghorn, Annika Olsen, Sierra Severt, Claire Sturgeon, Salomé Tregre, Ari Yao
The primary focus of PTDs is an intense training regimen amplified by performance opportunities designed specifically for them. The shift to full-day training accelerates student progress as dance becomes their primary focus. PTDs engage regularly in community performances and showcases and are also featured in the Academy’s annual Spring Production. PTDs are also eligible to be cast in Second Company and professional Company productions, including Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Family Series.
Trainees continue to hone their technical skills through a diverse curriculum with increased focus on professional performance opportunities. This smaller group of dancers is eligible to be cast in most Second Company and professional Company productions, including Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Family Series and full-length ballets. The high level of engagement in Company productions requires Trainees to be available for Company rehearsals in addition to their classes and rehearsals within the Professional Training Division. Trainees also participate in the Academy’s annual Spring Production. Upon completion of the Trainee program, students are prepared to take on the demands of professional engagement.
Acceptance in the Professional Training Division is by invitation only. Candidates are those who have potential to seek professional employment but would benefit from additional study. Students are selected by Academy leadership through the Academy’s Advanced Division program, Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive and our national audition tour.
*At the invitation and discretion of artistic staff
Professional Training Division students are responsible for making their own housing and living arrangements, as Cincinnati Ballet does not have year-round housing options available at this time. Many students seek to live with roommates and make connections with other PTD candidates during Summer Intensive. The Ballet does its best to connect prospective roommates and answer general questions about living in the greater Cincinnati area.
Students participating in the Professional Training Division are typically those who have recently graduated or are about to graduate from their high school academic studies. Students who have not yet graduated are strongly advised to pursue flexible options in order to complete their academic education. These options may include online course study, homeschooling, and courses by correspondence, among others. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with the administration at their current school, as many schools often have opportunities available to students with need for academic flexibility.