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January Monthly Newsletter

2020 National Audition Tour kicks off this weekend!

The first of two auditions at Cincinnati Ballet for our Summer and Collegiate Intensives is this weekend, and we hope to see many of you there! Remember, students must be 12 years old by June 15 to be eligible for this audition. 

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, the audition fee will be waived in your cart.

Winter Dance Camp

It’s not too late to register for Winter Dance Camp! 

A few spots remain for this program running January 2-4 for ages 4-9. Registration is online, open to all interested dancers (including those new to the Academy, so bring a friend!) and will remain open until Tuesday, December 31 at 11:59pm. We hope you’ll join us to ward off the post-holiday winter blues and chassé through the season!

Snow White Auditions

Young Performers Audition for Family Series: Snow White will be held at the Ballet Center on Tuesday, January 7. 

Please visit the links below for more information and to pre-register online.

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. Do you know someone looking to begin ballet classes or expand their training? If so, please invite them to visit our website for registration material or contact the Academy staff at 513.562.1111 or with questions.

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

Adult Division Special Offers

At Cincinnati Ballet, our favorite New Year's tradition is dancing with new friends. From January 6-12, Cincinnati Ballet’s Adult Dance & Fitness Division invites new adult students to try their first class free. If you're a current student bringing someone new, your class is free too! No need to pre-register. Just join us! 

We’re also thrilled to announce some new class offerings. Three conditioning classes will be added to our schedule starting January 6: Dance HIIT (high intensity interval training), Barre, and Pilates Mat Class. Visit the link below for class details, schedules, and prices.

New Street Dance Class Offerings

Starting the week of January 6, street dance classes will be offered on Sundays for ages 14 and up!

Two levels will be offered on a drop-in basis. A fun, exhilarating and authentic exploration of the major American Street Style dances featuring the fundamentals of popping, locking, hip-hop and more. 

Youth Summer Programs

Kids Dance Camp

Save the date for Kids Dance Camp:
June 1-5, June 8-12, July 27-31. 

Our theme this year is Summer of Dreams. Over three week-long adventures we'll explore the stories of The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz!

More details and registration will be coming early in 2020!    

Youth Summer Intensive

Save the date for Youth Summer Intensive:
June 15-26 and July 6-17. 

Current Academy students under 12 and/or in Main Division Levels 1 and 2 do not need to audition and will receive recommended placement in Youth Summer Intensive via email later this month.

Education & Community Engagement

Congratulations to the 40+ students selected to participate in this year’s Ballet Foundations class. These promising young dancers were selected at auditions in December and will take part in a 19-week class as part of the CincyDance! Program. We’re excited to welcome these new families to the Cincinnati Ballet Center this month!

Cincinnati Ballet is also thrilled to welcome back our Ballet Moves students for spring semester starting in early February. Ballet Moves is designed to foster a love of dance and creative expression for dancers with varying abilities. This year, it’s seventh season, the program expanded from three classes to four—with 30+ students expected!


January 2-4: Winter Dance Camp
January 5: Summer Intensive Audition @ Cincinnati Ballet
January 6: Classes resume
January 6-12: Friends Dance Free Week (Adult Division)
January 7: Young Performers Audition for Snow White
January 15: Close of enrollment & final day for schedule changes
January 15: Tuition due (monthly & quarterly plans)
January 15: Ballet Center Lost & Found bins emptied
January 20: No classes - Martin Luther King Day
January 25: Main Division Spring Production Agreements due
February 2: Summer Intensive Audition @ Cincinnati Ballet
February 13-16: Swan Lake

Parents Association

Two Parents Association events are coming up this month!

January 15: General Meeting @ the Ballet Center

The topic of this meeting is Pointe Readiness. It will be of particular interest to our Level 2 and 3 families, but anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend. Check-in is from 6:30-6:45 PM, with a presentation to follow from 6:45-7:45. No preregistration required, just join us!

January 16: Happy Hour at LouVino, 6:00-7:30 pm. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary!

Save the date: Academy Movie Night, hosted by the Parents Association, Saturday February 8th.  

Student Evaluations

All students in Main Division Levels 1 - 7 will be receiving their mid-year evaluations via email this week. If you have not received an email with your student's evaluation by Friday, please contact the Academy office at 513.562.1111 or

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