Raising the Barre

Cincinnati Ballet, Margaret & Michael Valentine Center for Dance

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Cincinnati, OH | 57,000 SF

Cincinnati Ballet exists to move people—profoundly and joyfully. A new dance center will help them soar.
A studio with a view.

Drawn by the artistry, athleticism, and precision of ballet, students flock to the Cincinnati Ballet Academy. While their annual production of The Nutcracker has increased their renown, it’s programs like Ballet Moves that have deepened the organization’s impact on the community by providing inclusive opportunities for students with Down’s Syndrome to experience the joy of dance. Add to that the fact that the Ballet’s corps is a diverse global company of professionals, and it’s clear that Cincinnati Ballet is all about breaking down barriers to dance. But as their reputation has fueled their growth, they felt their space was holding them back.

GBBN is working with Cincinnati Ballet to design the new Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance, an inspiring Academy and Professional Studio space for dancers who give everything to their craft. Tucked into Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood, the new center breathes new life into an arts district that includes the Cincinnati Art Museum (and its new “Art Climb” under construction) as well as Playhouse in the Park; it’s also adjacent to one of the city’s major expressways, making it highly visible to locals and visitors.

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“This is 50 years in the making, and will take us 50 years into the future, It’s going to be iconic"

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- Victoria Morgen, Cincinnati Ballet’s longtime artistic director

The building’s design is influenced by Cincinnati Ballet’s mission to break down the stereotype that ballet is only for a certain group of people and embraces their vision that dance is for everyone. Read more about Cincinnati Ballet’s Margaret and Michael Valentine Center for Dance in the Cincinnati Enquirer.