Events

2020 NUTCRACKER COMMEMORATIVE TEE SHIRT

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Masking up an updated City Ballet of Cleveland’s 2020 Nutcracker tee shirt. Featuring a design inspired by the famous “transportation guardians” from our beloved Hope Memorial Bridge. Brian Diehl, a native Clevelander, has donated this design and the tees include a complete cast list on the back. Perfect gift for your friends and family!

New colors and styles—happy shopping.

Shirts are a fundraiser to support City Ballet of Cleveland and for sale only until December 1, 2020. Get yours today!

 

SPRING REPERTOIRE CONCERT 2021—on sale NOW!

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City Ballet of Cleveland presents its annual spring repertoire concert on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Breen Center for Performing Arts. This diverse and entertaining program features the classical ballet Paquita, a children’s favorite Peter and the Wolf, and other mixed repertoire. The company is thrilled to be able to offer this performance for a limited live audience. City Ballet of Cleveland will also be live-streaming the event for the general public.

Watch-at-home tickets for the performance are $25.

There is a processing fee of $2.50 per ticket.

Tickets are available for purchase from Monday, April 12 to Friday, May 14, 2021.

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

Please call 216-848-9088 for more information

 

SPRING FLOWER SALE

It really is true that April showers bring May flowers. Saturday seemed like summer, and with last night’s rain, I woke up to everything growing and showing beautiful signs of spring. It helps lift your spirits to see the sun shining, the flowers blooming, and the grass looking a little bit greener. To help brighten your home, even more, City Ballet of Cleveland will be offering its Spring Flower Sale.

The City Ballet of Cleveland 2021 Flower Sale will be held from Sunday, April 11-Sunday, April 18. As demand is high this year, we recommend ordering as soon as possible to ensure Dean’s Greenhouse will have your full order. Flowers will be available for pick-up in Shaker Heights on Saturday, May 1, or Sunday, May 2. Customers will receive an email from Caryn Tong with more detailed information about the pick-up process after sales end. Proceeds from the flower sale will support future programming at City Ballet Cleveland.

Thank you for your continued support of Cleveland’s City Ballet and save-the-date for our Spring Repertory Concert on May 15, 2021.

Keep dancing and keep blooming,

Courtney Laves-Mearini

AUDITIONS for 2021/22 COMPANY DANCERS

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 www.cityballetofcleveland.org 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
216-848-9088

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

Ballet Boutique

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Shop for dance-themed gifts and support City Ballet of Cleveland and Cleveland City Dance. Shop online anytime and pick up at Cleveland City Dance. Or schedule a time to shop in person by calling (216) 295-2222.

In recent years, City Ballet of Cleveland established its Boutique with carefully selected items for the dancer in your life. This year, we are doing things differently. Patrons have the option to schedule a private time to shop at Cleveland City Dance, or they can shop online and pick up at the dance studio, conveniently located in Shaker Square.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS

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 

Dance and Movement for All

Class Registration Form

A dance class for students with special needs and their caregivers.

Sundays 3:00 pm–4:00 pm [Two 6-week sessions]

Session 1: September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5

Session 2: January 9, January 23, February 6, February 20, March 6, and March 20

Cost: $120 per session (Checks only; please make checks payable to City Ballet of Cleveland)

Instructor: Heather Young

SCHOLARSHIPS

Our dance scholarships aim to aid deserving students interested in a ballet education whose family is dealing with financial hardship.

There are four different scholarships available:
• The Cleveland City Dance Scholarship
• Ballet for All Scholarship
• Cleveland City Dance “Enjoy Dance” Scholarship
• Young Men Scholarship

Please download the Scholarship forms, read the conditions for each award carefully, and submit your application[s] to Cleveland City Dance by August 30, 2021.

FALL FLOWER SALE

Our Fall Flower Fundraiser campaign is now open!
Proceeds support our Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker performance and City Ballet of Cleveland operating expenses. Place orders by September 5, 2021. Pick up from 22925 Shelburne Road, Shaker Heights.

SCHOLARSHIPS [deadline extended to 9/07/21]

Our dance scholarships aim to aid deserving students interested in a ballet education whose family is dealing with financial hardship.

There are four different scholarships available:
• The Cleveland City Dance Scholarship
• Ballet for All Scholarship
• Cleveland City Dance “Enjoy Dance” Scholarship
• Young Men Scholarship

Please download the Scholarship forms, read the conditions for each award carefully, and submit your application[s] to Cleveland City Dance by September 7, 2021.