Academy Newsletter: December Issue

The holiday season is HERE, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you at the Academy Holiday Party! Do you have your tickets yet for this year’s festivities?

On Sunday, December 9, the Academy Parents Association presents Visions of Sugarplums, our third annual Nutcracker and Holiday Party. We hope you'll join us for an afternoon of performances, treats, 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. 

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! 

This NEW dance camp will be held at the Ballet Center January 2-4, 2019, 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!

Children's Division Costume Measurements

This past Friday, Children's Division families received an email with details about submitting costume measurements for Spring Production. The Children's Division Spring Production will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (More details to come!) 

To ensure your student receives the proper-sized costume, please turn in measurements (per instructions detailed in your email) no later than Monday, December 17. Costume measurements only need to be submitted for Children's Division students in CD1, CD2, and CD3. Main Division students will be scheduled for Spring Production costume fittings at a later date.

Summer Intensive Audition Tour 

Cincinnati Ballet's Summer Intensive Audition Tour has been announced! Our nationally recognized six-week programs provide intensive training designed to cultivate individual potential. Acceptance into the Summer Intensive and Collegiate Intensive is by audition only. Students interested in Summer Intensive must be 12 years of age by June 17 to be eligible to audition. Students interested in Collegiate Intensive must be 18 years of age by June 17.

Summer Intensive and the Collegiate Intensive will both run June 17 - July 26, 2019. Any eligible Academy student who is interested must attend one of two auditions at Cincinnati Ballet on January 5 or January 27, 2019. The audition fee is waived for current students, but you’re encouraged to pre-register online. The links below include a promo code especially for current Academy students. When you complete the registration form for your chosen audition, the fee will be waived once you get to your cart. If you run into any trouble with this pathway, you can manually enter promo code 3938, or call 513.562.1111 for assistance.

Last Chance Opportunities


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. 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. 

Please note that January 15 is also the final day for currently enrolled students to submit schedule change requests.


Looking for unique holiday gift items for your Academy student or the ballet lover on your list? Shop Cincinnati Ballet’s online store for exclusive apparel and keepsakes!

Calendar at a Glance

December 9: Visions of Sugarplums Academy Holiday Party 

December 14: Tuition Installment Due (monthly plans)

December 17: Children's Division costume measurements due

December 13 - 24: The Nutcracker 

December 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019: No classes - Holiday Break

January 2 - 4: Winter Dance Camp

January 7: Classes resume

January 15: Close of enrollment & final day for schedule changes

January 15: Tuition Installment Due (monthly & quarterly plans)

Holiday Break

There are no Academy classes during the holiday break December 24, 2018, through January 6, 2019. All classes will resume as normally scheduled on Monday, January 7, 2019. 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 Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Monday, December 31, 2018, and Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 

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 closure 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 the student's absence will be excused. 

On Stage: The Nutcracker

Cincinnati Ballet's production of The Nutcracker opens Thursday, December 13 for 15 magical performances at Music Hall through December 24. Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker prince, and follow the Snow Queen and her King to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier are waiting to embrace you with treats and exotic celebrations!

Nearly 70 Academy students will be dancing in the production's Young Performers Cast, 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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