Ohio’s Most Talented Team of Dancers
The Cincinnati Ballet is one of the best things to happen to Ohio in a long time. What started as a small group of dancers has now grown into an internationally acclaimed and award-winning company. In this blog post, we will explore the history of this great dance company, its contributions to the world, and what you should expect when you come see them live for yourself!
Act I: It’s Small Beginnings
It all started in the 1930s, when three women came together to create what would eventually become The Cincinnati Ballet. They danced as a hobby and had no intention of making this their full-time job. But because they enjoyed it so much, they decided that if anyone else was interested in joining them, then great!
In 1963 the first auditions opened up at the YMCA. 41 dancers were chosen. And with that, the Cincinnati Ballet was born.
Act II: The Company Grows and Changes
The company has changed drastically over time. In 1968 they decided to hire their first professional dancers for full-time work, which brought them national recognition. This also led to a huge change in education. They created their own school of dancers and all the teachers became certified. Now, one-third of the company is made up of graduates from this dance school!
The Cincinnati Ballet has also grown in popularity outside Ohio. In 1998 they were named America’s fifth major ballet company by Dance Magazine, which was a huge accomplishment for them.
Act II: Building Recognition and Status
Not only has the company grown in size, but they’ve also gained recognition and status. In 1976, their production of Swan Lake not only became NBC’s first live nationally televised classical ballet performance; it was also awarded a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting!
In 1983 Cincinnati Ballet made history as one of the first dance companies to have a program on PBS. It was called Dance in America and it featured many different dance companies, including the Cincinnati Ballet!
Act III: The Future of Cincinnati Ballet
As you can see, the company has come so far over time. They started out as a small group of dancers who loved to perform together for fun. And now they are one of the most well-known ballet companies in America.
Experience a Night at the Ballet
The company is an internationally acclaimed company that will no doubt continue to grow with time!
If you’re interested in seeing what all of this hard work looks like for yourself, then come see them live at one of their performances. Not only will you be able to see some of the best dancers on stage, but also enjoy their beautiful costumes and sets. You’ll get a great night out with friends or family!