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.
The DVIDA-certified instructors at Always Ballroom Dance Studio believe that dance can benefit anyone, and uphold a policy of total acceptance across experience levels. On the glossy scape of blond hardwood floors, they monitor shimmies in both private and group lessons, prepping couples for their wedding-dance debut or showcasing a stock of nightclub moves. Pupils needn't reserve a spot or have a partner to attend most group sessions?the studio provides everything down to airsickness bags for soaring spins, and accommodates diverse tastes with more than 20 dance styles on its syllabus. Special events such as lock-ins and Salsa Saturdays top off the swinging schedule.
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.
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. After becoming the victim of two fires (1869 and 1918) and a flood (1913), the theater avoided man-hurled wrecking balls in 1975 when it was named to the National Register of Historic Places, a list where the Italianate structure still resides well into the 21st century.
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Jeanie Moreland has owned and operated her own studio since 1976, and she's so dedicated to introducing people to the world of dance that she was even recognized by the North American Talent Association as the Teacher of the Year. Her classes are open to students aged 3 through adult, and they cover styles such classic styles as ballet, jazz, and tap. To keep things interesting, Jeanie also offers lessons in Hawaiian- and Tahitian-style dance as well as funk and acrobatics. As a former pageant director, Jeanie can even share her wealth of knowledge with girls who are interested in modeling and pageantry. Students can learn everything from audition prep and interview skills to runway turns and how to "smize" (smile with your eyes) and "winbow" (wink with your elbow). All classes help prep students for success, as graduates of Jeanie Moreland Dance Theatre have gone on to careers as Rockettes and dancers for the Chicago Bulls.