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Cincinnati Ballet records

Identifier: US-19-03

Scope and Contents

The Cincinnati Ballet Company records contain notes from productions ranging from 1991 though 2017. These production notes include casting information, costume design, set design, and choreography. The collection also holds production schedules, contracts, dancer forms, and information about each season. The collection also contains an oversized Cincinnati Ballet sign. The final box of the collection contains mini DV video tapes of Cincinnati Ballet rehearsal, performances, and auditions.


  • 1991-2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical Note

The Cincinnati Ballet was chartered as the "Cincinnati Civic Ballet" in 1958. The company held their first auditions in 1963 and the original troupe consisted of 41 dancers. Oleg Sabline served as the first artistic director and John A. Spain was the first president of the Board of Trustees. The first performance took place at the University of Cincinnati's Wilson Auditorium in March of 1964.

In 1966, the ballet became more closely affiliated with UC when David McLain, Head of the Dance Division at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), became director of the Cincinnati Ballet Company. This connection with CCM allowed the ballet the use of CCM's facilities for classes and rehearsals and UC's Wilson Auditorium for performances. In 1969, Carmon De Leone became music director, and not long after, the company hired ten salaried dancers. During this time, the company also gained national recognition for training dancers in the Lester Horton technique. Ivan Nagy became artistic director in 1986. During Nagy's tenure, the standard of performance for the ballet was elevated. Nagy left the Cincinnati Ballet in 1989. He was followed by Richard Collins (1989-1991), Nigel Burgoine (1992-1994), and Peter Anastos (1994-1996).

In 1994, the company opened a new facility on Central Parkway at Liberty Street allowing for offices, dance studios, a training school, and rehearsal space to be in the same location. In 1997, Victoria Morgan became the artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet and in 2008, she was appointed CEO and Devon Carney became associate artistic director. During the 2013-2014 season, the Cincinnati Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary.

More information on the history of the Cincinnati Ballet is available on their website at


10.58 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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The Cincinnati Ballet Company records contain production notes from productions from 1991 until 2017 along with miscellaneous materials like schedules, locations, and season breakdowns.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type and production.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Finding aid for the Cincinnati Ballet records
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

8th Floor Blegen Library
2602 University Circle
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0113