Academy Newsletter: January Issue

Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break. All classes will resume as normally scheduled starting today, Monday, January 7, 2019. We look forward to seeing students back in the studios this week!

Adult Division: Friends Dance Free

At Cincinnati Ballet, our favorite New Year's tradition is dancing with new friends. From January 7-13, Cincinnati Ballet Dance & Fitness 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! 

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.

Summer Intensives

Cincinnati Ballet's Summer Intensive Audition Tour is officially underway! 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 must be at least 12 years of age by June 17 to be eligible to audition.

Our Summer Intensive and Collegiate Intensive run June 17 - July 26, 2019. Any eligible Academy student interested in attending must audition. Our final Cincinnati audition is at the Ballet Center on January 27, 2019. The audition fee is waived for current students, but you’re encouraged to pre-register online. The link below includes 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, you can manually enter promo code 3938, or call 513.562.1111 for assistance.

Youth Summer Programs

Save the date for Kids Dance Camp:

June 3 -7
June 10 - 14
July 29 - August 2

Program details available later this January!

Save the date for Youth Summer Intensive:

June 17 - 28
July 8 - 19

Program details available later this January!  

Calendar at a Glance

January 7: Classes resume

January 7 - 13: Friends Dance Free Week

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

January 15: Tuition installment due (monthly & quarterly plans)

January 20: Main Division Spring Production agreements due

January 21: No Classes - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 14 - 17: The Sleeping Beauty

Student Evaluations

All students in Main Division Levels 1 - 7 have been sent their mid-year evaluation via email. If you have not received an email with your student's evaluation, please contact the Academy office at 513.562.1111 or by emailing

Weather Policy

With the arrival of the winter months, below is a quick review of 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. 

Winter Dance Camp

Cincinnati Ballet extended a warm winter welcome to young dancers at last week’s Winter Dance Camp, with three days of crafts, games, and ballet classes to kick off the new year. Take a look at some cozy highlights!

Welcome New Ballet Foundations Students

Congratulations to the twenty-six 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 20-week class as part of the CincyDance! Program. We’re excited to welcome these new families to the Cincinnati Ballet Center starting this weekend!

Young Performers Cast

Congratulations to the young performers who helped make The Nutcracker the sensation of the season once again in 2018. "It is always such a treat seeing our students onstage during The Nutcracker! The excitement and joy each of them brought to the stage is what Nutcracker is truly about." - Academy Director, Sarah Hairston 

Courtesy: Peter Mueller Photography

On Stage: The Sleeping Beauty

Cincinnati Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty will be held at Music Hall for one weekend only, February 14-17. Beautiful sets and costumes, dazzling dance, and a glorious score by Tchaikovsky will awaken your senses and transport you to a magical place where a beautiful sleeping princess is awakened by a kiss, and good triumphs over evil. Children and adults alike will delight in this beloved full-length fairytale classic.

Don’t forget that Academy families receive special insider discounts on season subscriptions and on single tickets for select performances, including this one!

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