Events

The Sugarplum Fairy Tea

“While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season will soon be here, and what better way to celebrate the start of this magical time than with City Ballet of Cleveland’s Sugarplum Fairy Tea?
Tickets go on sale on September 12!
Enjoy a charming afternoon of delicious delights and endearing performances, including an appearance from the Sugarplum Fairy, in the Grand Ballroom of the Shaker Heights Country Club. In addition, children will enjoy fun art activities and movement experiences, and their grown-ups can have the chance to start the holiday shopping a little early and enter for the chance to win an exciting raffle basket or two.
Tickets purchased online from Monday, September 26, 2022–Tuesday, November 8, 2022, are guaranteed preferred seating at the event. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Tickets purchased after November 8, 2022, or at the door increase by $10. Valet parking is included with your ticket purchase.
Shaker Heights Country Club, 44122

NUTCRACKER AUDITION

City Ballet of Cleveland is holding its annual Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker audition on Sunday, September 18th, from 12:30 pm–4:00 pm [subject to change]. The audition is open to all area ballet dancers ages eight and older. Dancers auditioning for pointe roles, including Act I Snow and Act II Waltz of the Flowers, should wear their pointe shoes to audition. Potential dancers do not need to be students at Cleveland City Dance; however, students must be enrolled in classes at their current studio or Cleveland City Dance during the rehearsal process.

The 2022 Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker performances are scheduled for December 17th at 7:00 pm and December 18th at 2:00 pm at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, 1911 W 30th & Lorain Rd Cleveland, (Ohio City) OH.

A pre-registration form and $25 audition fee should be submitted by Thursday, September 15th.

Application forms and full details are here:

Audition Form

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

City Ballet of Cleveland 2022 Audition

Parents’ Meet and Greet During the Audition
Mandatory Meeting with the Director at 2:30 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 dancers of ballet ages 10-21.  The company has two annual performances in May and December, as well as potential performances at 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 can be students from any area dance school.  All dancers must be a minimum of 10 years old by September 2022; be currently taking ballet, modern, or 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, 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 with 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 $25 non-refundable audition fee (cash or check). Applications are due the Thursday, April 21 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;  In lieu of an in-personal audition, one may submit a virtual audition on a private YouTube channel. 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 Thursday, April 21 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 will receive preferential casting in all Company productions.

City Ballet of Cleveland Annual Gala

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Enjoy an enchanted evening of ballet, music, and mingling with friends old and new, and performances from Company members and alumnae. Bid on live auction items of fun-filled Swan Lake inspired surprises. Toast with signature cocktails, libations, and hors d’ouevres. Allow yourself to take in the beauty and magic of these young dancers while supporting the fine arts in northeast Ohio.

Discounted Single Ticket = $125, after February 12th $150*

Discounted Double Ticket = $200, after February 12th $220*

Support 2022 City Ballet of Cleveland Annual Gala in the following ways:

Artistic Director = $5,000; 10 guests, reserved table, and a full-page advertisement in the Gala program

Princess Odette & Prince Siegfried = $2,500; 8 guests, reserved table, and a three-quarter page advertisement in the Gala program

White & Black Swans = $2,000; 6 guests, reserved table, and a half-page advertisement in the Gala program

Little Swans = $1,500; 4 guests, reserved table, and a quarter-page advertisement in the Gala program

Court Ladies & Gentlemen = $1,000; 2 guests, reserved table, and a business card advertisement in the Gala program

*All ticket sales and sponsorship are non-refundable.

Cocktail Attire.

Valet Parking Provided.

Email info@cityballetofcleveland.org for more information.

FARMRAI$ER FUNDRAISER

Purchasing this fresh produce and wonderful artisan products helps offset the cost of our 2021 Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker. Proceeds support our Nutcracker performance and City Ballet of Cleveland operating expenses. Place orders by October 4, 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.

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

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.

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 

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.