Sadly, our spring repertory performance has been canceled. Because we love, we will stay at home.

City Ballet of Cleveland presents its annual spring repertoire concert on Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Breen Center for Performing Arts. This diverse and entertaining program features the classical ballet Swan Lake (Acts II and III), a children’s favorite Peter and the Wolf, and a mixed repertoire. Alumna Diana Yohe and her husband Joseph Parr, both from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, return to guest with the company as the swan and prince in Swan Lake. 

Presale tickets are $10 for children/students, $20 for seniors and $30 for adults. Tickets are available online until 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

Tickets at the door are $15, $25 and $35, respectively.

The Breen Center for Performing Arts is located at 2008 West 30th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.



Audition Form

Audition Information

City Ballet of Cleveland 2020/21 Company Auditions are now VIRTUAL!

The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) audition is open to all serious dancers of ballet ages 10-21. The company has two annual performances in May and December, as well as performances at All Ohio Dance Festival, local schools and more. Applications are available at the Company bulletin board and online at under Company information. 

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; be currently taking ballet classes and jazz.  

Notice of nondiscriminatory policy; The City Ballet of Cleveland does not discriminate based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry or nationality in its admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other company activities administered.

If you do not take ballet classes at Cleveland City Dance and make it into the Company, you would need your 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.

Parents’ Meet and Greet with Director during the summer to be determined.


All potential Company members must audition in the spring prior to the upcoming season.

This includes all current Company members.

There is a $25 non-refundable audition fee to be paid online 

Applications are due Saturday, April 25

Applications arriving thereafter will be assessed an additional $10.


In lieu of an in-person audition for 2020, dancers should submit a private YouTube audition. The audition requirements are:

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)

This is to show your technical abilities along with performing presence.

Email your application, a photograph in arabesque and the YouTube link by Saturday, April 25 to:

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



City Ballet of Cleveland

 c/o Cleveland City Dance

Attn: Artistic Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini 

13108 Shaker Square

Cleveland, Oh 44120


2019 NUTCRACKER COMMEMORATIVE “Nut-tee”—ONLY available through Dec 1, 2019


Commemorate City Ballet’s 2019 Nutcracker with the “Nut-tee.” Featuring a new design inspired the famous “transportation guardians” on our beloved Hope Memorial Bridge. Brian Diehl, a native Clevelander, has donated this new design and the tees include a complete cast list on back. Perfect for you, friends and family!

Kid premium tee in 5 color choices or adult-sized comfort tee in 3 color choices available.

Shirts are a fundraiser to support City Ballet of Cleveland and for sale only until December 1, 2019. Get yours today!


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