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Cincinnati Ballet video recordings

Identifier: US-20-02

Content Description

This collection contains video recordings of Cincinnati Ballet performances from 1996-2001. The recordings are on Beta Tapes.


  • 1996-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection contains professional video tapes in Betacam and HD Cam format. The tapes will need to be digitized before they can be played.

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 and brought with him a number of experienced foreign dancers. During Nagy's tenure, the standard of performance for the ballet was elevated. Nagy left the Cincinnati Ballet in 1989. Richard Collins took his position until 1992 and was followed by 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. More information on the history of the Cincinnati Ballet is available on their website at


7 linear feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains video recordings of ballet perfomances from 1996 from 2001.

Statement of Arrangement

The tapes in this collection are arranged by format and then by chronological order.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Finding aid for the Cincinnati Ballet video recordings
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Revision Statements

  • 2022-06-22: Two addtional boxes of video tapes were processed and added to the finding aid.

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