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February Monthly Newsletter

Summer Intensives

We loved seeing so many Academy students at our auditions in January and February, and we hope to have opportunity to work with many of you this summer!

Summer is an opportunity to train more intensively with our resident faculty while broadening your horizons with exposure to renowned guest instructors. If Cincinnati Ballet is your program of choice for Summer 2020, we encourage you to register early, as we sell out every year.

Youth Summer Programs

Kids Dance Camp

Cincinnati Ballet’s Kids Dance Camp is a creative exploration of dance, music and art through beloved stories for students ages 4 – 8. Each week-long experience explores an overall theme through age-appropriate ballet classes and activities led by professional faculty.

During summer 2020, Kids Dance Camp celebrates the Summer of Dreams as we venture over the rainbow and under the sea to explore favorite story ballets, including The Wizard of Oz (June 1-5) , Cinderella (June 8-12) and The Little Mermaid (July 27-31). A special pre-sale for current Academy families will begin this week, announced via email! 

Youth Summer Intensive

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. Youth Summer Intensive will take place June 15-26 and July 6-17.  

Summer placement letters with registration instructions were emailed to all students under 12 and/or Main Division Levels 1 and 2, and a special pre-sale for current Academy families is now underway. 

Spring Production 

Did you hear the big news about Spring Production 2020? We're thrilled to be performing closer to home this year, at the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)...AND adding a third Children's Division show! ​More information will continue to come your way via email in the coming months, but be sure your calendars are marked for these important dates:

Monday-Thursday, May 11-14: Theater Week for Main Division

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16 at 7:00pm: Main Division Spring Production at SCPA

Saturday, May 16: Children's Division Spring Production at SCPA, with 3 performances at 10:00am,1:00pm, and 4:00pm (Classes will be divided among the three performances.)

Parent Observation

The week of February 24-March 1, we invite Academy parents and guardians into the studio classroom to observe class and witness your students’ hard work and progress. We kindly ask you limit the number of observers to 2 people per student to allow for comfortable seating for all. 

A few other reminders:

- Parents may come and go as needed. When entering the studio, please wait until the current exercise is completed and the music has stopped.
- No electronic devices may be brought into the studio. If you need to use your cell phone, please step into the hallway.
- For the protection of all students, absolutely no photography or videography is allowed during class.

Families who have students with classes in Studio D will receive an email by the end of this week to sign up for one of two dates for observation in order to accommodate seating. For everyone else, there's no sign-up required-- just join us during the week of February 24-March 1!

Movie Night

Save the date for our third annual Academy Family Movie Night, Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Cincinnati Ballet Center.

We will be viewing Mary Poppins Returns. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with the movie starting at 6:00. We hope to see dancers, parents, and siblings for a fun evening of popcorn, snacks, activities, and a great show!

Adult Division

We love that many of you tried out our new Adult Dance & Fitness Division classes in January! Our expanded conditioning class offerings (Dance HIIT, Barre Fitness, and Pilates) as well as long-time favorites Beginner and Intermediate Adult Ballet would love to welcome more Academy parents into the studio! Additionally, our Street Dance classes on Sundays are open to adults and teens aged 14 and up.

 All classes in the Adult Dance & Fitness Division are available on a drop-in basis. Visit the link below for class details, schedules, and prices.


February 8: Academy Movie Night
February 13-16: Swan Lake 
February 14: Tuition installment due (monthly plans)
February 15: Ballet Center Lost & Found bins emptied
February 17-21: Main Division Spring Production Costume Fittings
February 24-March 1: Parent Observation Week 

Congratulations YAGP Participants!

In late January, 12 of our upper division students represented our Academy at the Youth America Grand Prix semifinals competition in Pittsburgh. They all danced beautifully, and we're so proud of their hard work and artistry. We're especially thrilled to announce that we had three students receive recognition:

- Alexandria Yetter placed 2nd in Junior Women's Classical
- Soren Campagna placed 2nd in Senior Men's Classical
- Salome Tregre placed 3rd in Senior Women's Classical
- Alex and Soren were also invited to the finals in New York

Congratulations to all! 

Thank You Steve!

Please join the Academy team in thanking longtime security guard Steve Herzog for his incredible service over the years!

He’ll be venturing out to pursue an exciting new opportunity and we wish him well. While he may appear from time to time to support special projects, we’ll miss his welcome and care for our students and families on a daily basis! He’s been a remarkable member of the Cincinnati Ballet family. 

Volunteer Opportunity

We invite Academy families to help spread the word about Cincinnati Ballet's upcoming performances of Swan Lake by hanging posters in your community. Please visit the Front Desk by Friday, February 7, to receive a pack of 10 or 20 posters. For every 10 posters hung, you will receive one complimentary ticket (maximum 2 tickets per person). There are a limited number of posters to distribute, so be sure to act quickly!

On Stage

Spread your wings and fly away to the beautifully tragic world of Swan Lake. The story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is the epitome of classical ballet. 

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