City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) is a nonprofit, pre-professional company residing at Cleveland CityDance on Shaker Square.  The Company has been performing since the mid-90s and is committed to building a professional resident classical ballet company in the future and to retain local talent in Cleveland.  In 2013 the Company received its first grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This vibrant and versatile company of dancers excels through dedication, self-discipline and love for the art of dance.  Focused and energetic, these dancers are given unique opportunities to work with guest instructors, choreographers, and professional dancers.  Company dancers serve as dance arts ambassadors wherever they perform.

Our History

The Company continues performing at the All Ohio Dance Festival and local schools and senior facilities.  Many dancers while in the ensemble have also performed with professional companies including Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, Kirov Ballet’s La Bayadere and American Ballet Theatre’s Le Corsaire. Company members have attended summer intensive workshops at American Ballet Theater, School of American Ballet (SAB), Ballet Met, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ben Stevenson Academy, Julliard Dance, the Rock School, and San Francisco Ballet among many others. Our alumni are now dancing with professional companies, such as Diana Yohe of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, who continues to return as a guest artist.

Board of Directors

Donna Burrer
Board President
Learning and Development Consultant

David Pelleg
Board Treasurer
Financial Consultant

Jamie Dreger
Board Secretary
Fairmount Cooperative Pre-School Teacher


Susan Atzemis, BSN, RN
Board Member
Managing Director of Pyrois, LLC

Mary Braun
Board Member
Retired Art Teacher
Cleveland Hts./University Hts.

Rebecca Sattin, MNO
Board Member
Development Associate, Mandel Jewish Community Center

Evelyn M. DeLiso, BA, MA in Dance, PhD,
                                               Board Member                                                    Retired Engineering Director


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City Ballet of Cleveland is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization established in 2010. Under the leadership of Courtney Laves-Mearini, Artistic & Executive Director, the Company is dedicated to returning classical ballet to Northeast Ohio. We are in residence at Cleveland City Dance studios in Historic Shaker Square, Cleveland Ohio.