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December Monthly Newsletter

Seasons greetings! What better way to end 2020 and begin 2021 than with you! Cincinnati Ballet is grateful to have shared this year with you and your family, whether in the studio or online.

Scroll below to find out what's in store for December!

Summer Intensive Programs & Auditions

The dates are set for Cincinnati Ballet's Summer and Collegiate Intensives and we can't wait to welcome these students as the first dancers in Cincinnati Ballet's new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance!

Cincinnati Ballet's 2021 Summer and Collegiate Intensives
June 21 - July 30, 2021

For program details, please visit us our summer programs webpage via the link below. Further information about Youth Summer Intensive and Kids Dance Camp will be available in early 2021.

Summer Program Auditions

With the summer intensive audition season just around the corner, the Otto M. Budig Academy team has been hard at work designing unique opportunities that allow students to safely audition for summer programs while remaining close to home.    

For students interested in Cincinnati Ballet summer programs:  

This season, Otto M. Budig Academy students interested in attending Cincinnati Ballet's Summer Intensive do not need to audition. Acceptance and registration information for eligible students will be sent to you directly in late December.

For students interested in auditioning for national summer programs:

This winter, the Academy is proud to join the National Summer Intensive Audition Tour. The NSIA Tour represents professional ballet schools from across the nation who have come together to create a unified collective. With one audition, students will be considered for acceptance to 13 elite-level summer intensive programs. To participate, students choose a city from the audition schedule and register with the host school. The audition is in-person, and the remaining schools will observe the audition via Zoom. 

Virtual Tour of Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance

Cincinnati Ballet is thrilled to invite you and your family to a virtual tour of the brand new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance. We can't wait to share our progress with you as GBBN Architects takes families through a one-of-a-kind virtual exploration of our future home! 

Virtual Tour
December 16, 2020 @ 5 PM (EST) via Zoom

Please RSVP by December 15, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

For additional details, please call Courtney Hatter at 513-562-1117 or email

Virtual Trial Classes

Do you have friends and family interested in joining the Academy? With COVID-19 safety precautions a top priority, we're offering a series of FREE virtual trial classes to prospective students ages 2 through 7. It’s not too late sign up! 

Click here to learn more or register below!

Season of Giving

Give the gift of dance this holiday season! Academy registration closes in January, so new dancers still have time to enroll! To register, click here.

Looking for a few more gift ideas for dance lovers on your list? Check out our Cincinnati Ballet merchandise and Nutcracker Gift Box!

Parents Association Book Club

The Parents Association invites you to join in for the launch of its first book club! This book club will engage in dance-specific content and offers opportunity for parents to expand their knowledge as they support their young dancers' pursuits. The club will launch with Nutcracker Nation by Jennifer Fisher and will meet via Zoom in mid- to late January. You can find Nutcracker Nation at your local library, book store or on Amazon.  

Weather Protocol

With winter weather upon us once again, it’s time for a refresher on how the Academy communicates about severe weather or other unexpected events. You can find weather-related class updates 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 class 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 us through the usual attendance reporting channels, and your student's absence will be excused.


December 15: Tuition Payment Due (8 Installment Plans)

December 16: Virtual Tour of NEW Margaret & Michael Valentine Center for Dance

December 21–January 3: No classes – Holiday Break

On Stage

While we may not be able to gather in theaters this season, we're delighted to share The Nutcracker at Home virtually with you. The holidays wouldn't be the same without Clara and her Nutcracker Prince and you can revel in their journey to the Land of Sweets from the comfort of your living room this December! Stay updated on The Nutcracker at Home by following posts on this link.

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