Founded in 1963 at a local YMCA, the Cincinnati Ballet grew into a major regional company by adhering to its mission to express the human experience through dance. Today, it continues upholding that vision by housing resident artists who entertain audiences with dance performances of both classic and original work. Beyond supporting local audiences and their right to clap, the Cincinnati Ballet also seeks to nurture artists through the Otto M. Budig Academy. There, a professional faculty trains aspiring performers at all skill levels. These training opportunities are supplemented by outreach programs such as CincyDance!, which provides free training and dance attire to children.
At Golden City Ballroom, students learn dances from the waltz to the rumba in a well-appointed studio. On its 2,400 square feet of suspended hardwood floors, students practice fancy footwork, double-checking their technique in wall-to-wall mirrors. They can also hit the same dance floor for LaBlast dance fitness classes, which incorporate the calorie-burning moves seen on Dancing with the Stars.
Since its 1937 inception, the Dayton Ballet has flowered into one of the country’s most esteemed dance companies, creating new productions and performing classic numbers with professional zeal. Take a seat in the high-tech Mead Theatre and sugarcoat your eyes with sweet scenes of mice, fairies, cannons, and anthropomorphized peanut crushers from The Nutcracker. The popular holiday pirouette fest will star more than 100 local kids and a skillful cast of spinning storytellers to communicate the charming Christmastime chronicle.
As part of the Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series, New Worlds is a three-part musical odyssey composed of pieces inspired by different visions of America. The evening commences with the whimsical gypsy-folk gallop of George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody no. 1 before getting shredded by Michael Daugherty's guitar-centric Gee's Bend, an electrifying concerto inspired by the Alabama quilting community of the same name. A different America is explored with Antonin Dvorák's Symphony no. 9 (From the New World), a sweeping swan song written during the Czech composer's many twilight-year adventures in the United States, including the legendary New York Harbor concert where he performed an impromptu duet with the Statue of Liberty.
The friendly instructors at Kira's Oasis offer belly-dancing classes well suited to prospective students of all experience and fitness levels. Beginners curious to learn the belly basics and familiar gyrators looking to fine-tune their technique will all find something to benefit them within Kira’s calming confines. Monday night classes (6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.) are specifically crafted for those new to the ancient Middle Eastern dance form, providing a basic rundown of the techniques, as well as warm-ups and drills to aid muscle memory. Tuesday (7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.) classes up the ab-sculpting ante with more-challenging movements, combinations, and choreography. Sunday evenings (6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.) are set aside for dancers wishing to explore the American Tribal Style (ATS) of belly dance, which combines traditional elements with contemporary and folkloric dance forms. Rather than stressing sultry solo moves, tribal fusion centers on group improvisation, fostering communication and a feeling of sisterhood rivaled only by public viewings of The Alchemic Secrets of the Ja-Ja Sisterhood of the Hermetic Pantaloons.
The history at Victoria Theatre stretches back to 1866, when the "Magnificent Edifice" was first built at First and Main Streets. Its halls have hosted entertainment luminaries of many eras, including Harry Houdini, Mark Twain, and Socrates during his I Know That I Know Nothing comeback tour. In 1975, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places, a list where the Italianate structure still resides well into the 21st century.
Today, the Victoria Theatre hosts performances by many of Dayton's arts organizations—including the Dayton Ballet—as part of a full slate of compelling entertainment choices. The Victoria Theatre Association's ongoing programs include the Premier Health Broadway Series, PNC Family Series, and Cool Films, as well as concerts, variety shows, and comedy sets.