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June 20 – July 29, 2022

Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive partners with professionally aspiring students through an immersive dance experience designed to cultivate their individual potential. For six weeks, students step into a professional company environment where they benefit from full days of dance, the support of world-class faculty and a community of like-minded peers. Through intensive ballet curriculum, students hone their technical capacity supplemented by classes in other dance styles and topics to support the versatility required in today’s dance world. Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive also focuses intently on the development of students as dance artists through engagement in challenging repertoire and coaching by internationally renowned guest faculty, in addition to Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.

Open to students ages 12 and up. Acceptance by audition.


Students have the option to join our full six-week program or one of the three-week sessions noted below.

6-Week Program: June 20 – July 29, 2022
3-Week Program Session One: June 20 – July 8, 2022
3-Week Program Session Two: July 11 – 29, 2022

Summer Intensive


Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive couples challenging training with an engaging and supportive environment in order to ensure dancers maximize their potential, make important industry connections and develop their personal artistry. Our training standards set students up for success in today’s professional dance world and expose them to Cincinnati Ballet’s diverse artistic aesthetic.


  • Industry connections: World-class guest and resident faculty including Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership.
  • Rigorous training: Intensive curriculum in ballet technique, pointe, performance repertoire and partnering.
  • Versatility: Supplemental curriculum in contemporary, modern, conditioning, musical theater and more.
  • Performance: Culminating performance workshop for students in the second three-week or six-week sessions.

Summer Intensive serves as a vital entry point into the Otto M. Budig Academy’s Professional Training Division and year-round programs.


Summer Intensive participants engage with the Otto M. Budig Academy’s year-round faculty, Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic leadership, select company dancers and prestigious guest artists.

2022 Faculty Announcements Coming Soon

Student + Parent reviews

“By far my best summer intensive ever. I grew not only as a dancer but as a person as well!”

“The faculty was outstanding. Every teacher gave personal attention and made all the classes challenging.”

“She grew in confidence and left with even more passion for dancing. Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive created a life changing experience for my daughter.”

“I had the time of my life! My technique improved and I had the experience of working with great people. It was an unforgettable experience!”

“Thank you! My son had an incredible summer. I have never seen him so happy, motivated and connected to great friends.”

summer resident program

Summer Intensive students from outside the greater Cincinnati area have a summer home away from home through participation in Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Resident Program in partnership with a local university.

2022 Summer Resident Program Details Coming Soon

Summer Intensive


Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive is by audition only. Program registration is made available to accepted candidates following their audition. Students must be 12 years of age by program start to be eligible. This season, students have several ways in which to audition. Please see the webpage below for additional information.



Cincinnati Ballet is committed to providing Summer Intensive students with a rich and vibrant in-person program experience that offers access to the full breadth of our curriculum and repertoire. With the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty as a top priority, all Summer Intensive participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 protocols will be released in Spring of 2022 as we continue to monitor the recommendations of public health authorities in order to deliver a responsible and safe student experience.

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Cincinnati, OH 45202