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May Monthly Newsletter

May is our all-digital dance month, and we love seeing you live from your living rooms! Or should we say home studios?! You all have done a remarkable job transitioning to virtual classes and we’re here to keep you inspired and moving all month long. 

We made some big announcements last month regarding the end of the Academy Year and Spring Production. If you missed them, check out this special message from Academy Director, Sarah Hairston:

Virtual Learning

At the Otto M. Budig Academy, we firmly believe living room stages are the birthplace of greatness and we have no doubt you’re putting on an exceptional performance for your loved ones at home. Family members always have and always will be our biggest fans! We’re thrilled to continue dancing with you as we connect our improvised home studios with yours and are sending some extra content your way for the month of May.

New Virtual Class Offerings:

• Zoom Workshops for Main Division students featuring Bun 101 or Stage Makeup, Dance History, and Dancer Q&As with Cincinnati Ballet Company Dancers
• Elective Offerings via Zoom for Levels 1 and up including Musical Theater, Variations and Modern
• Seminars for Levels 3 and up on Stage Lighting and Dance Production featuring Cincinnati Ballet's Production Team

The Academy’s enhanced online class schedule will continue through our extended school year ending May 31st.  For a full review of what’s available to each level, please visit the links below:

Children's Division Online Offerings
Main Division Level 1 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 2 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 3 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 3 Adv Online Offerings
Main Division Level 4 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 5 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 6 Online Offerings
Main Division Level 7 Online Offerings

And don't forget! Your regular technique classes for all levels continue through Facebook Live!

Account Form Reminder

As we wrap up the year online, we’ll begin working on account adjustments in the month of May. Don’t forget to complete the form below to tell us how you’d like to handle your tuition adjustment!

Spring Production Tickets

In light of the cancellation of Spring Production, please help us know how you prefer we handle your ticket purchase. All Spring Production ticket buyers were sent an email on Friday, April 24, with a survey of options for your tickets. We thank you in advance for your response! 

If you’ve misplaced that email, please reach out to the Cincinnati Ballet Patron Engagement Team at 513-621-5282 or

2020-2021 Academy Year

While the 2019-2020 Academy Year is coming to a close, we already have big plans in place for next year. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2020-2021 Season!

Priority Registration

All current Academy families receive exclusive priority access to registration for the 2020-2021 Academy Year. We anticipate opening enrollment in early June, and we’ll be in touch with further details.

Placement and Evaluations

Children’s Division: Children’s Division students will receive their level placement with the opening of the priority registration period in early June. CD students are primarily placed by age.

Main Division: Main Division students will receive their year-end evaluations and level placements at the end of this month. In lieu of in-person evaluations, Level 5 – 7 students will receive sign-up options for a Zoom meeting to discuss their evaluation and placement with select Academy faculty.

All of this will come via email, so keep an eye on your inbox!

Summer Programs 2020

We’re committed to maintaining as much summer programming as possible in an effort to serve our students well. With health and safety remaining a top priority, we may make adjustments to programs throughout the coming weeks. We appreciate your patience as we work swiftly to consider all involved.

Already enrolled? Stay tuned for program updates via email! If we make any changes, we’ll be sure to provide plenty of flexibility in options.

Still looking to enroll? Let us know what program you’re interested in so we can support you! As we monitor class sizes and distancing recommendations, we may have wait lists for some programs so we can be sure to provide a safe experience.  

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