Parents’ Meet and Greet During the Audition
Mandatory Meeting with the Director at 2:30pm

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 and performances at the 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 2021; 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 of City Ballet of Cleveland.

All potential Company members must audition in the spring prior to the upcoming season. This includes all current Company members. There is a $40 non-refundable audition fee (cash or check). Applications are due the Sunday, May 16, before the audition. Applications arriving after Wednesday will be assessed an additional $10. The audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic and Executive Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini.

If unable to attend the audition, one may submit a virtual audition on a private YouTube channel in lieu of an in-person audition. The audition requirements are:

1. A 15-20-minute demonstration of barre and center technique.
2. The barre technique should include pliés, battement tendus, battement jété, ronde de jambe, passé, développé en croix, grands battements and balances on one leg.
3. 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)
4. A classical variation one to two minutes in length. (On pointe for advanced ladies) This is to show your technical abilities along with performing presence.

Email the YouTube link with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by Sunday, May 16 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.


Please examine whether you can commit to the performance dates and your individual rehearsal time(s) before you audition and accept a role.

The non-refundable audition fee of $25 and audition form are due Thursday, September 16, 2021. Thereafter it is $40 (non-refundable).

Mandatory parent meeting with the Director from 3:30–4:15

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

Who is Eligible: Students aged 7+ (Beginning Ballet level or with a minimum of 1year current ballet experience) from ALL area dance schools, and intermediate through advanced level dancers who are en pointe. Please wear pointe shoes to audition for roles en pointe. Students must continue to take ballet classes during the rehearsal season. 

Rehearsals: will take place every week at Cleveland City Dance (CCD) starting Thursday, September 23 through Friday, December 17, a full-dress rehearsal on stage at The Breen starting at 5:00 pm. 

Performances: 7 pm Saturday, December 18th and 2 pm Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 1911 W 30th & Lorain Rd Cleveland (Ohio City) OH