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June 20 – July 1 and July 11 – 22, 2022

Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive provides young, aspiring dancers with an entrée into intensive summer training at a pace designed specifically for their unique stage of technical development. Through fun and challenging curriculum, students enhance their ballet technique while exploring new dance styles, age-appropriate repertoire and educational workshops. With three divisions for students in developing phases of their training, Youth Summer Intensive provides individual attention and custom instruction appropriate for each level’s unique needs. The program features daily classes in ballet and pointe (when applicable), instruction in other dance styles, as well as dance-related activities for students to delve deeper into all aspects of their dance training. Led by Cincinnati Ballet’s experienced faculty, limited class sizes offer an intimate and nurturing environment to maximize student progress.



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

4-Week Program: June 20 – July 1 + July 11 – 22, 2022
2-Week Program Session One: June 20 – July 1, 2022
2-Week Program Session Two: July 11 – 22, 2022

Classes run Monday – Friday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive takes place at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. SCPA is located in the heart of Cincinnati’s downtown arts district just over a mile from the Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance.


4-Week Program: $1,630
2-Week Program: $920

Registration Fee: $50

Housing Resources

Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive does not feature a formal residence program. However, the following housing resources are available for students traveling from outside the greater Cincinnati area.


Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s Youth Summer Intensive is by audition only. Students must have at least two years of formal ballet training.

In-Person Auditions

Join us for an audition master class at Cincinnati Ballet!

Students participating in an in-person audition should pre-register for a date and time below. Pre-registration for all in-person auditions closes at 11:59 PM (EST) the Thursday prior to the audition. Walk-up registration will only be available in the event additional space remains.

$35 for advance registration | $40 for walk-up registration
Audition fees are nonrefundable

Cincinnati, OHSaturday, March 26, 2022Cincinnati Ballet
1801 Gilbert Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45202
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Please note all locations are subject to change and times listed are in local time.

COVID-19 Protocols

All in-person audition participants should refrain from attending if they exhibit any symptoms of a contagious illness or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Masks are required at all times inside the audition venue including during the audition class.
Capacities are limited.

Virtual Auditions

Audition from your home or local studio!

Students participating in virtual auditions should pre-register below. Pre-registration for all virtual auditions closes at 11:59 PM (EST) the Wednesday prior to the audition. Virtual audition registration will not be available the day of the audition.

$35 (nonrefundable)

Thursday, April 7, 2022 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (EST)
Please note all times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

Video Auditions

Send us a pre-recorded video!

Students auditioning by video should register via the link below. Video applications will not be reviewed until online registration is received.
Video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of June 1, 2022.

$50 (nonrefundable)

Video auditions should be performed in leotard and tights for ladies and tight-fitting dancewear for gentlemen. Videos require no introduction or fancy editing, should be recorded after September 1, 2021, and should not exceed 15 minutes in length. They should be shot indoors with proper lighting.

Applicants should include the following elements:
• 3 – 5 minutes of barre work including pliés, battement tendu, battement degagé, adagio and grand battement (applicants may demonstrate one or both sides)
• 3 – 5 minutes of center work including battement tendu, pirouettes or preparation for pirouettes, and petit allegro
• A relevé/échappé combination*
*If student has been advanced to pointe, please perform this combination in pointe shoes. If recently advance to pointe, this should be done at the barre. If student has been training on pointe for 1+ years, it may be performed in the center as appropriate. If not on pointe, please still include this combination in flat shoes.

Additional Notes/Requirements:
• Applicants who do not have access to studios for the purpose of filming should modify combinations to be safely executed at home and be cautious of proper flooring for allegro combinations

Digital media may be submitted to the Academy Administrative Office at cbacademy@cballet.org.

Need additional help? Use this easy-to-follow video audition class from Youth Programs Manager, Kara Louis.

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1801 Gilbert Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45202