Originally named Cincinnati Civic Ballet, this company was chartered by the city of Cincinnati in 1958 and enjoys a rich lineage of artistic association with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. The company’s first artistic director, David McLain, studied with them and their first resident choreographer, Frederic Franklin, danced with them. Both men served the Cincinnati Ballet for many years. Under its current direction, Cincinnati Ballet is the tri-state area’s major regional ballet company, comprising over 30 dancers.
Cincinnati Ballet Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Yes
- Performance/Programs:Four programs per year plus their annual Nutcracker. Each program runs for one week with three performances. The Nutcracker runs for about two and a half weeks in December.
- Admission: Range from $21 to $73. Students and Seniors (60+) may purchase tickets at 50% off beginning two hours prior to shows. Cincinnati Ballet also offers a few weekday matinee performances to which students and seniors may attend for $10.
- Group Discounts: Group discounts are available but are arranged on an
- Subscription/Memberships: Subscriptions include the four repertory programs. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday packages are available. Tickets for Nutcracker performances are sold separately. All sales are final. No refunds. Membership in Cincinnati Ballet’s En Pointe Society starts with a donation of $1000 and includes recognition in playbills and website, invitations to opening night events, invitations to pre-performance rehearsals and two complimentary tickets to any Cincinnati Ballet performance.
- Educational/Community Outreach: The Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet is the company’s officially affiliated school. In addition to rigorous classical training, the academy also holds a number of open adult classes. Offerings include either Ballet based instruction or Rhythm & Motion—an intense cardio workout with elements from various dance styles including African, Modern and Hip Hop. Each January, the Academy also offers a FREE DANCE WEEK. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in taking dance classes to sample the Academy’s range of the offerings.