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December Monthly Newsletter

On Sunday, December 8, the Academy Parents Association presents Visions of Sugarplums, our fourth annual Nutcracker and Holiday Party. We hope you'll join us for an afternoon of performances, food, crafts, and lots more holiday fun for the whole family!

Performances take place at 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 & 6:30 pm, and holiday party activities in the lobby and studios take place from 1:30-7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and are on sale NOW at the Ballet Center Box Office, via the link below, or by calling 513.621.5282. 

Parents Association

We are still seeking volunteers to support the Holiday Party! To learn how you can support the event with time and donations, please visit our sign-ups below.  

Save the date for two Parents Association events coming up in the New Year!
January 15: General Meeting
January 16: Happy Hour

Last Chance! First Class Free & Close of Enrollment

It’s not too late for new students to join the Academy this year, but close of enrollment is right around the corner on January 15. (Please note January 15 is also the final day for currently enrolled students to submit schedule change requests.) Do you know someone looking to begin ballet classes or expand their training? If so, please invite them to contact the Academy staff at 513.562.1111 or to schedule a trial class -- and remember, we’re currently inviting new students ages 2 through 9 to try their first class for FREE!

Winter Dance Camp

Looking to keep your student’s late winter break fun and engaging? Cincinnati Ballet is here to help ward off the winter blues! Our Winter Dance Camp will be held at the Ballet Center January 2 - 4, 2020, for dancers ages 4-9. Chassé through the season with three days of games, crafts, and magical wintry tunes. 

Registration is open now for all interested dancers, including those new to the Academy. Enroll today or share with a friend!

2020 National Audition Tour

Registration is open for Cincinnati Ballet's National Audition Tour for Summer 2020! Our nationally recognized programs couple challenging training with an engaging and supportive environment in order to ensure dancers maximize their potential, make important industry connections and develop personal artistry. Summer Intensive and Collegiate Intensive will both run June 15 - July 24, 2020. Acceptance into Cincinnati Ballet’s intensives is by audition only.

Students must be 12 years old by June 15 to be eligible for this audition. Any eligible Academy student who is interested must attend one of two auditions at Cincinnati Ballet on January 5 or February 2, 2020. The audition fee is waived for current students, but you’re encouraged to pre-register. The links below include a promo code especially for current Academy students. When you use these links to register, the audition fee will be waived in your cart. If you run into any trouble with this pathway, call 513.562.1111 for assistance.

* For currently enrolled students under 12 and/or in Main Division Levels 1 and 2, auditions for summer placement are not required. These students will receive recommended placement in our Youth Summer Intensive via email in the new year.


December 3: Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer (Upper Division students perform)
December 8: Visions of Sugarplums: An Academy Nutcracker & Holiday Party
December 14: Holiday Open House at the Union Township Branch Library (Upper Division students perform)
December 16: Tuition Installment Due (Monthly plans)
December 19 - 29: Cincinnati Ballet's The Nutcracker
December 23 - January 5: Holiday Break
January 7: Young Performers Auditions for Snow White

Holiday Break

There are no Academy classes during the holiday break December 23, 2019, through January 5, 2020. All classes will resume as normally scheduled on Monday, January 6, 2020. We hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break, and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Please note: Adult Division classes will run as normally scheduled during the Academy break with a few exceptions: classes are cancelled on Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Winter Weather Policy

We’ve reached winter weather season once again, which means it’s time for a refresher on how the Academy communicates about severe weather or other unexpected events. You can find updates about class cancellations and school closures via the following channels:

- Cincinnati Ballet Website
- Notifications via Remind
- Facebook: Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy

Should severe weather occur or be imminent, we encourage you to check in frequently throughout the day, as closure status may change pending information from our trusted sources. If the Academy ever remains open during winter weather and you feel it is unsafe to send your student, please contact the front desk, and your student's absence will be excused.

Coming Soon! Spring Production

Spring Production in May may seem like the distant future, but it will be here before we know it! Teachers will begin working on choreography early in the new year, and we'll be sending out our first round of information packets via email this month. Children's Division families, watch for your first packet (including costume measurement details) later this week. Main Division families will receive a Spring Production agreement with student evaluations at the end of the month.

Snow White Young Performers Audition

Young Performers Audition for Family Series: Snow White will be held on Tuesday, January 7. Please visit the link below for more information. An opportunity to pre-register online will be posted on the Academy Resources webpage soon! 

On Stage: The Nutcracker

Cincinnati Ballet's production of The Nutcracker opens Thursday, December 19 for 14 magical performances at Music Hall through December 29. Let your imagination transport you to a land of dancing snowflakes and childhood dreams!

Over 80 Academy students will be dancing in this production, and this timeless holiday classic wouldn’t be the same without their hard work and delightful performances. Get your tickets today to see them take part in Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition!

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