Cincinnati Ballet announces record expansion for their Academy’s Summer Intensive

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy has reported extensive growth in their Summer Intensive program. The nationally-recognized program kicked off June 12 at full capacity, having sold out within a month of opening registration. The program provides intensive training through immersive curriculum through July 21 for ballet students ages 12-21. This year’s Summer Intensive has been extended to include six weeks and an added fourth level to the program, resulting in enrollment of 64 additional students – a 56% increase in attendance over last year.

Students have come from all over the world to cultivate their professional potential with Cincinnati Ballet. The current enrollment includes students from 28 states and one student, Joel Kioko, from Kenya. Kioko has become internationally known as a rising ballet student and has recently been featured on CNN and BBC News outlets. Upon completion of Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive, Kioko will attend the English National Ballet School where he has received a full scholarship. Summer Intensive students Elise Csizmadia, Alyssa Manguiat, Aubree Recker, and Janna Turner have been accepted into Cincinnati Ballet’s inaugural Professional Training Division launching in August. Several additional Summer Intensive students will receive offers of admission into the new division before the close of the program. 

World-renowned artists have also made their way to Cincinnati to comprise our most prestigious Summer Intensive faculty to date, including Kirk Peterson who recently collaborated with Cincinnati Ballet as the choreographer for Coppélia, and Viktor Plotnikov who recently choreographed a world premiere for The Kaplan New Works Series. Cynthia Gregory coached then-Principal Dancer Sarah Hairston for the most recent production of Swan Lake before Hairston would go on to become Academy Director. Other esteemed faculty members include internationally celebrated dance luminary Anna-Marie Holmes, Adam Hougland (Cincinnati Ballet Resident Choreographer 2009-2017), McCree O’Kelley (of the Broadway musical Cats), Larissa Ponomarenko, and Sabir Yapparov. Students also have the benefit of participating in classes led by our full time faculty including Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Ballet Masters Ogulcan Borova and Johanna Bernstein Wilt, and choreographer Heather Britt.