2016 Auditions

City Ballet of Cleveland

Formerly Cleveland City Dance Company

Sunday, April 10 • Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Followed by Parents’ Meeting at 5:30 pm

The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC), formerly Cleveland City Dance Company, 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, Regional Dance America, and local schools. Applications are available upon request at the Front Desk and online at www.cityballetofcleveland.org under Company information.

Potential dancers do not have to be students at Cleveland City Dance. If you do 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 in order to dance with the Company.

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 (cash or check) which will be applied toward the Company fall participation fee. The audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic and Executive Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini.

If unable to attend the April audition. In lieu of an in-personal audition, one may submit a DVD audition. The DVD audition requirements are:

  1. A 15-20 minutes demonstration of barre and center technique. The barre technique shown should include pliés, battement tendus, battement jété, ronde de jambe, passé, développé en croix, grande battements and balances on one leg. The center technique should include adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grande allegro (for advanced female dancers the center should be on pointe).
  2. 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.

Mail the DVD with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by the end of April 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 will receive preferential casting in all Company productions.

City Ballet Audition Information 

City Ballet Audition Form  

The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) audition is open to all serious dancers of ballet ages 10-21.