City Ballet of Cleveland 2024 Audition

Parents’ Meet and Greet During the Audition. Mandatory Meeting with the Director at 3:00–3:30 pm

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 and smaller performances at festivals, local schools, and more. Applications are available at the Company bulletin board and online at under Company events.

Potential dancers can be students from any area dance school. All dancers must be at least 10 years old by September 2024 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 the City Ballet of Cleveland.

All potential Company members, including current Company members, must audition in the Spring prior to the upcoming season. A $25 non-refundable audition fee (paid online via check or cask). Applications are due Thursday, April 18. The application fee increases to $40 after Thursday. The audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini.

If unable to attend the in-person audition, One may submit a virtual audition on a private YouTube channel. The audition requirements are below:

  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. (En pointe for advanced dancers). This variation will show your technical abilities and performing presence.

Email the video link with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by Thursday, April 18, to:

Please call if you have any questions or concerns.


City Ballet of Cleveland is at 13108 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120.

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

Spring Repertoire Concert

Tickets on Sale March 4

City Ballet of Cleveland presents its annual spring repertory concert at University School—Shaker Heights Campus on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The diverse and entertaining program features excerpts of Swan Lake, a restaged work by Heather Young and Courtney Laves-Mearini’s ballet adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Also on the program will be a piece choreographed by senior company member Audrey Sakiewicz.

Presale tickets are $42 for adults and $35 for seniors and children. All presale tickets are available online until Friday, May 3, at Tickets purchased at the door are $47 for adults and $40 for seniors and children. The University School-Shaker Heights Campus is at 20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44122. Lot parking and street parking are available.