A school for
dancers belonging opportunities families encouragement

The Hairston School of Dance is a new dance studio in Cincinnati, Ohio for all ages and levels.

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A home away from home

Get some homework done, let younger siblings play, or relax and chat. Our studio is here for your entire family to enjoy.

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A warm and welcoming environment

We believe in the impact of a family friendly, understanding and positive environment. A place where students, families and faculty are connected for the impact of the family experience—a home away from home.

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A place to learn and grow

It’s about progress, not perfection. At The Hairston School of Dance, we celebrate dancers as individuals who learn and grow in different ways. We find joy in our students' individual accomplishments and growth knowing we are impactful on who they become.

Sarah Hairston Berkley of Hairston School of Dance assisting in teaching dancing technique and adjusting positions of a dancer's feet

My own ballet teacher shaped my life in the best of ways. She was like a second mother to me. Precise, elegant, and artistic, she embodied what I wanted to be as a dancer and a teacher. I want to provide that same example and experience for my own students.

A Studio Just for You

Meet Sarah

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Hairston began her early ballet training at Charleston Ballet Theatre under Don and Patty Cantwell. At the age of 9, she continued her training in Columbia, South Carolina under the direction of Ann Brodie at the Calvert Brodie School of Dance. At 16, Ms. Hairston went on to attend and graduate from North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduation, Ms. Hairston joined Boston Ballet II and in 2001 joined Cincinnati Ballet as a Corps de Ballet member. Ms. Hairston was promoted to Soloist in 2006 and later to Principal in 2010 after a successful debut as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.

Since 2006, Ms. Hairston has been an instructor in Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy and became their Academy Director from 2016- 2023. In 2023, Ms. Hairston opened The Hairston School of Dance.

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