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October Monthly Newsletter

We’re so thrilled to be back and dancing with all of you, whether from socially distanced studio spots or through your screen at home. Our Main Division and Professional Training Division students have been dancing for a few weeks, and this week we’re excited to welcome back Children’s Division and Ballet Moves students. We’re grateful you’re continuing your training with us and can’t wait to see you grow in your love and knowledge of dance!

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Recipients

During our year-end celebration in May, we announced this season's annual scholarship recipients. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating these remarkable young dancers!   

Heather Miller Memorial Scholarship:
Benjamin Abes-Feldman
Ellamae Brodbeck
Claire Lefever

Blanche Frisch Maier Memorial Scholarship:
Amber Harper
Gracie Paff
Claire Sturgeon

2020-2021 Professional Training Division

The Academy's fourth class of Professional Training Division students has been hard at work these last few weeks. The program this year includes dancers from 11 states. Throughout the season, they’ll combine full-day training with professional and community performance opportunities, all as they work to make the transition from student to professional dancer. 

Please help us welcome the 2020-2021 Professional Training Division Class:

Sarah Berglund, Adalhi Corn, Mathieu Dehoorne, Michael Duncan, Hailey Flanagan, Kayla French, Ryan Gowen, Julia Gundzik, Ethan Hileman, Edward Kidd, Jacy Klein, Natalie Marshall, Ramsay Miller, Emilie Mullaney, Siobhan Nickell, Jordan Noblett, Scott Reed, Anna Roesler, Isabella Salas, Larisa Tuttle  

Staying Connected

Absence Reporting & Make-up Class Scheduling: Students should attend the class(es) for which they are registered and are welcome to make up missed classes in another class in their same level or the level below. It’s more important this year than ever that absences are reported, particularly when due to illness, so the Academy can follow-up with families to determine when sick students can safely return to in-person classes. 

For absence reporting, please connect with the Academy Administrative Office through one of the following channels:

Absence Notification Online Form
By phone: 513.562.1111 (Option 1)

All make-up classes this year will be taken virtually. Make-up class sign-ups or other requests for Zoom class details must be received no later than 3:30pm day-of for Monday-Friday classes or 3:30pm on Friday for weekend classes.  

Remind: The Academy will continue using Remind this season in addition to regular email communication to send families reminders, virtual class details, emergency alerts and other notifications via text, push notification or email. All Main and Children's Division accounts have been created. If you'd like to change your notification settings, learn more HERE. If you'd like to change who receives these notifications, please contact the Academy Administrative Office.  

Other Protocol Reminders

Front Desk Business: As we limit in-person access at the Ballet Center this year and minimize passed or shared items, the Front Desk is no longer available as a drop-off location for payments or forms. Payments may be sent via mail or may be made over the phone by calling the Academy Registrar. All Academy forms contain instructions for how they should be safely returned.

Lost & Found: Under COVID protocols, there are no Lost & Found bins at the Ballet Center this year, and items left behind will be disposed of by cleaning staff at the end of each evening. We strongly encourage families to check in with students as they leave class to ensure they have all items they came to class with in their possession.


October 5: First day of Children's Division classes

October 10: First day of Ballet Moves

October 15: Tuition Payment Due (8 Installment Plan)

On Stage

Thank you to all who attended and supported Cincinnati Ballet’s Ballet in the Park performance! We were one of the first performing arts organizations to return to live performance, not just in our region but across the country. It was a joy to see so many familiar faces (even half hidden behind masks!) at the park. We hope you enjoyed the stunning artistry of our Company dancers in such a beautiful setting.

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