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Ballet for Everyone

Ballet for Everyone
The Cincinnati Ballet isn't just for performances. Its Central Parkway-based Academy makes ballet instruction accessible to children, teens and adults. Learn more about these opportunities en pointe.

 

081511SOCIAL.jpgCincinnati Ballet performances, such as the The Nutcracker, are a long-standing Tri-State tradition. But what most people don't know is that the Ballet also offers numerous classes for the ballerina-to-be.

 

"Every dancer on Cincinnati Ballet's performance stage got his or her start somewhere. For most of them, it was the first time they saw The Nutcracker," says Stacey Recht, Cincinnati Ballet Director of Marketing and Communications. "And then they took classes and grew to love dancing as much as watching dance."

 

According to the website, "The Cincinnati Ballet's Central Parkway-based Otto M. Budig Academy is the region's only pre-professional training program for children, teens and adults. It combines superior instruction, unparalleled performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet."

 

Opened in 1996, the Otto M. Budig Academy has "offices, dance studios, a training school, wardrobe and costume storage and rehearsal space," according to the website. The Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio was completed in 2005.

 

"Cincinnati Ballet brings extraordinary technique and breathtaking, athletic artistry to the stage," says Recht. "But we also offer all the training to grow the tiniest aspiring dancers into world-class professional ballet dancers and everything in between."

 

Click here to learn more about the Ballet's new classes for children, such as Petite Pas De Deux (a Parent-assisted class for children ages 2-3), Young Boys Class (for boys ages 5-7), and Teeny Tap Class (for children ages 3-6). Click here to learn more about the new classes for teens, which include Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop instruction.

 

"[We have] classes for fitness adults who want to express themselves through movement and anyone, of any age, who ever wanted to try something new, exciting, challenging and fun," says Recht. "Our mantra is 'everybody dances.'"

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Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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