Audition Form

Audition Information

The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) audition is open to all serious dancers of ballet ages 10–21. The Company presents annual performances in December and May as well as performances at Youth America Grand Prix and local schools and institutions. Applications are available from the links above or upon request at the Front Desk.

A parent’s Meet & Greet will take place during the audition, followed by mandatory parents’ meeting with the Director.


WHO CAN AUDITION? Potential dancers do not have to be students at Cleveland City Dance*. All dancers must be a minimum of 10 years old by September 2020 and currently, be studying ballet and jazz. Company dancers not studying with Cleveland City Dance will need their current dance school to sign off monthly to confirm you are taking the required dance training necessary to be a member with City Ballet of Cleveland. All potential and current Company members must audition in the spring prior to the upcoming season.

The audition will be led by Courtney J. Laves-Mearini, Artistic and Executive Director.


AUDITION FEE: There is a $25 non-refundable audition fee with application due Thursday, April 16. After that, it is a $40 non-refundable audition fee. You may pay cash or check at Cleveland City Dance or by credit card online at


PARKING: There is free parking at studio’s rear entrance off Drexmore Rd, behind the movie theater.


DVD AUDITION: If unable to attend the April audition, a dancer may submit a DVD audition. The DVD audition requirements are to show your technical abilities along with performing presence 

1. A 15-20 minute demonstration of barre and center technique. Barre technique includes pliés, battement tendus, battement jétéronde de jambe, passédéveloppé en croix, grands battements, and balances on one leg. Center technique should include adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grande allegro. Advanced female dancers should show their center work en pointe. 

2. A classical variation one to two minutes in length. (On pointe for advanced ladies) 

Mail the DVD with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by the end of April to: 

 City Ballet of Cleveland 

 c/o Cleveland City Dance 

 Attn: Artistic Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini 

 13108 Shaker Square 

 Cleveland, Oh 44120 



*NOTE: Company members receive preferential casting in all Company productions.


Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy: City Ballet of Cleveland does not discriminate based on race, color, religious, ethnicity, or national origin in its admission policies, scholarship programs, or any other Company activities. 


10th ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT—tickets on sale now!

Friday, February 28, 2020, 6:30–10:00 pm

Purchase tickets here!

Join us for an evening to celebrate the Company’s 10th Anniversary and look forward to our future.

Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary as City Ballet of Cleveland is leaping into the future by highlighting the treasures of our past!

Enjoy a warm evening of ballet, music, and friends with performances from company and guest alumni performers.

Live auction of fun-filled surprises benefitting our pre-professional company comprised of amazing young dancers.

Toast with signature cocktails, libations and hors d’oeuvres, as you mingle with guest performers and alumni in the beautiful Breen Center.  Allow yourself to take in the beauty and magic of these young dancers while supporting the need and growth of the fine arts in northeast Ohio.  End your evening with a dessert reception following the performances.


Single Attendee = $125

Two Attendees = $200

Valet parking provided.


Support City Ballet’s 10th Anniversary Gala Benefit in the following ways:

Artistic Director = $5,000  10 guests, reserved table, reserved Theater seating, professional photo op, and a full-page advertisement in the Gala program

Executive Director = $2,500 – 8 guests, a professional photo op with CBC Dancers, and a full-page advertisement in the Gala program

Principal = $2,000 –  6 guests, professional photo op with CBC Dancers, and a half-page advertisement in the Gala program

Soloist = $1,500 – 4 guests, professional photo op with CBC Dancers, and a half-page advertisement in the Gala program

Corps de Ballet = $1,000 – 2 guests, professional photo op with CBC Dancers, and a business card advertisement in the Gala program

Apprentice = $ 500 = 2 guests, professional photo op with CBC Dancers, and a program acknowledgment