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professional training division

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.

The 2021-2022 Season marks the expansion of the Professional Training Division to support two groups of students: PTDs & Trainees.

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By Invitation Only

program acceptance

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.

performance opportunities

  • Select Cincinnati Ballet Productions*
  • Select Second Company Performances*
  • Cincinnati Ballet’s Family Series
  • Bold Moves Festival
  • Community Performance Series
  • Spring Production
  • In-Studio Showcases
  • Touring Community Performances

*At the invitation and discretion of artistic staff

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Cincinnati, OH 45202