Parents’ Meet and Greet During the Audition
Mandatory Meeting with the Director at 3:00–3:30pm
City Ballet of Cleveland is a pre-professional dance company of the highest caliber in Northeast Ohio. We foster every dancer’s ability and promote a love of dance through pre-professional training, performance, and community engagement.
The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) audition is open to all serious and committed ballet dancers ages 10–21. The company has two annual performances in May and December, as well as smaller performances at festivals, local schools, and more. Applications are available at the Company bulletin board and online at www.cityballetofcleveland.org under Company information.
Potential dancers can be students from any area dance school. All dancers must be at least ten years old by September 2023 and, currently, take ballet and either modern or jazz.
Notice of nondiscriminatory policy: City Ballet of Cleveland does not discriminate based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry or nationality, religion, and gender or gender identity in its admissions policies, scholarship programs, or any other company activities administered.
If you do not take ballet classes at Cleveland City Dance and are accepted into the Company, your current dance school will be asked to sign off monthly to confirm you are taking the required dance training necessary to be a member of City Ballet of Cleveland.
All potential Company members, including current Company members, must audition in the Spring before the upcoming season. There is a $25 non-refundable audition fee (cash or check). Applications are due Thursday, April 20. The application fee increases to $40 after Thursday. The audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini. (Audition Form is attached)
If unable to attend the in-person audition: One may submit a virtual audition on a private YouTube channel. The audition requirements are below:
- A 15–20 minute demonstration of barre and center technique.
- The barre technique should include pliés, battement tendus, battement jété, ronde de jambe, passé, développé en croix, grands battements and balances on one leg.
- The center technique should include adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grande allegro. (For female dancers on pointe include relevés in first, sous sus, éschappés and retiré balance)
- A classical variation one to two minutes in length. (En pointe for advanced dancers). This variation will show your technical abilities and performing presence.
This is to show your technical abilities along with performing presence.
Email the YouTube link with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by Thursday, April 20 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 will receive preferential casting in all Company productions.