Frequently Asked Questions About Classes at CCD
Cleveland City Dance has some students starting dance education as early as 3. Some dancers continue taking classes into their 70’s. See Class Levels & Placement for further information.
We have 3 semesters at CCD. A 15-week Fall semester, a 21-week Winter/Spring semester, and a 6-week Summer semester. Current students enroll during the Spring prior to the upcoming Fall academic school year. CCD holds two auditions for new students. See registration process. You do want to register early as many classes fill to capacity before the start of a semester.
- Fall semester (September—mid December) Early registration begins in May.
- Spring/Winter semester (January—mid June) Early registration begins in October for current students. Open registration for the community begins after Thanksgiving.
- Summer semester (third week in June—mid August). Early registration begins in March.
For students under 9 years of age, no audition is required. For dancers without previous experience, please contact the studio at 216-295-2222 for assistance in registering for the appropriate classes. Auditions are held twice a year for dancers with previous experience, ages 9 and older. Please see registration and audition information.
Yes, we will place you in the appropriate class based on experience and age appropriateness. However, we do suggest students begin at the start of a semester as classes’ progress throughout the academic school year. Yes, there is a cut off date for registration. The last day for registration in the fall is September 30th. The last day for registration in the winter/spring semester is January 31st. We are unable to take novices after these dates, as they will be frustrated when trying to catch up with the other dancers in the class.
Cleveland City Dance is trying to remain environmentally friendly so our information is frequently updated on the website.
To receive a brochure, please call the studio at 216-295-2222 and give us your name and mailing address. Please include your phone number in case the brochure is returned or if we have a difficult time hearing part of your information. When you leave a message please speak slowly and spell your name as well as your street name.
They are currently enrolled in Boys’ ballet, tap and hip-hop. See 10 Reasons for Boys.
It is not uncommon to have a few boys in dance classes. If you are concerned about your son being the only boy, sometimes it helps to have them ask a friend to join them to try the class together. We offer a boys’ only ballet class on Fridays for ages 7-13 during the school year and on Tuesdays in the summer including a boys’ only conditioning class.
Ballet originally began as a masculine art incorporating skills from fencing. Ballet skills and muscular development can be very supportive for sports. Dance also offers boys a sense of accomplishment so they stand out from the crowd. Ballet is more difficult than competitive sports in that the strength must be concealed to appear effortless. Dance enables boys to increase their coordination and athletic strength for sports. For example: in basketball, the leg strength generated from dance offers greater power to jump higher to reach the basketball hoop. The agility from petite allegro (fast footwork) increases speed required in all sports, especially to change one’s direction on the field.
Early exposure to dance helps children develop good posture, listen skills, coordination, strength and balance. Structured dance develops personal, physical, emotional and social lessons. This includes coordination, strength, gross motor skills, poise and posture while also improving cognitive skills, critical thinking, focus, rhythm, and is creativity beneficial in academics.
Through dance education, one learns life lessons including discipline and focus in thinking and having the ability, confidence, and initiative to complete a task.
Classes also help build confidence, self-esteem, etiquette, social skills, and discipline that will be carried throughout many aspects of life. All the hard work and practice culminate in the end of year presentations to give all students a sense of accomplishment and pride.
See “Why Dance?” – from Unity of America’s Dance Organizations, Inc.
Some courses for the younger classes are age specific. (Adults are not allowed to take children’s beginning to or Level II classes.) Others will have a variety of ages based on physical preparedness and mental maturity. We place students so they will be able to continually work the basics as well as challenge themselves. If a student is placed in a level that is too advanced they run the risk of injury as well as frustration. They will not be strong enough for the strenuous nature of the level.
No, we do offer teen/adult classes so all our students can enjoy a comfortable dance environment and learn dance technique at their pace. We offer teen/adult beginning ballet, adult beginning ballet, adult ballet I, II, and III, teen/adult tap, teen/adult jazz, and teen/adult modern, and teen/adult hip-hop. Teens and adults should consult their instructors for recommendations on additional class options as well as when the appropriate time would be to move up a level. Some classes do have pre-requisites such as being at a Ballet II for Lyrical and Pointe. Lyrical also requires an older student’s maturity.
We do not offer a free trial class. There is a trial rate fee of $20. We will apply the $20 toward your semester’s tuition if you register that day or within one week after taking the trial class only. For some young students it takes 4-8 classes to become acclimated to the studio environment and make new friends.
You may drop into a class for $20, however if the class is at its class limit for students you will not be allowed to take class on that day. You should also call ahead to confirm the class is available. We only allow two drop-ins for the year. We ask you to enroll for consistency in training and so you are able to progress. A class card is also an option for adult students past the beginner levels.
Yes, we will start a waiting list for full classes. If classes do not have five registered students one week prior to the semester the class will be canceled. Five people need to be registered for the entire semester for a class to begin. This enables Cleveland City Dance to guarantee the teacher a class.
We will attempt to fill the desired need based on availability of studio time and having the appropriate teacher available.
We can start a waiting list and then see if we have a teacher and a convenient studio time available. The class will begin once we have at least five people registered.
15. I see you have a weekly Level II-V morning ballet class from 10:00am-11:30 (this does not include the Adult Ballet Beg/Level I). Does that class include professionals? May I take the class and what level is taught?
Yes, if you are an intermediate level (Level II at Cleveland City Dance) to advanced dancer. It frequently includes area professional dancers and visiting artists. The teachers prepare a class to warm-up all participants and to challenge the professionals. For the intermediate students this is a rewarding way to challenge oneself and be inspired by watching the professional dancers in class.
Yes, we do have viewing windows for classes. Cleveland City Dance limits in-studio observation especially for our younger classes so as not to distract students during their class time. We have parent observation during the last week of December classes, April and the final week of the summer semester. During observation week students invite their families to sit in on class and get to know the teacher more. Please see our school calendar.
Yes, classes at CCD vary in sizes from 5-14 students. Some of our younger children’s classes also have an assistant. We will close classes to ensure students receive personal attention and do not feel overwhelmed in a crowd.
If your child has a great amount of energy and enjoys moving we recommend several other options. There is Jazz & Tap Combo for 4-5 year olds; jazz or tap for 6 years and up; or hip-hop for students 7 and up. These classes are fun with energetic music and offer a great cardiovascular workout. Many children develop enjoyment for ballet, as they get older and want to build more strength and or aspire toward a career in dance.
Modern dance emphasizes the exploration of our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping and leaping. Students will develop the means for individual expression and seek inner motivation for movement. Through floor work exercises and movements across the floor, students will improve flexibility and strength in the hips and core muscles while exploring rhythmic, spatial and performance challenges. Students may begin in Children’s Modern at age 7.
Jazz is based on the technique styles seen on Broadway and in the LA scene. The training is based on growing from a strong ballet background emphasizing dynamic movements and passion. Jazz incorporates strong passionate acting skills. Jazz warm-up is without a ballet barre incorporating some familiar terminology from ballet in parallel emphasizing isolations, core strength and flexibility. Students may start Beginning Jazz at age 6.
Jazz and modern dance have their roots in ballet. Ballet is the base for all classical theater performance styles of dance which incorporate the language, movements and technical steps. This can enhance a person’s performance including how one carries oneself on stage and build more strength.
Hip-Hop adds urban moves to jazz technique in an energetic fast-paced setting as seen in music videos and on the live concert circuit incorporating acting with more “attitude”. Students will learn fundamentals and strengthening techniques such as body isolations, breaks and dynamic moves. One technique we do not teach is the aggressive “krumping” style. Students may start Beginning Hip-Hop at age 7.
Jazz helps to enhance your upper body and arms coordination and movement, which is essential for balance and finesse. Jazz technique is also used in theater choreography for hip-hop as well as seen in music videos and award shows.
Ballet helps to enhance your upper body and arms movement, which is essential to develop proper alignment, balance and finesse. Ballet steps are used in tap as well.
Please see audition and registration information for dancers with previous experience for dancers ages 9 and older. We can assist you with proper placement through a conversation with you prior to your arrival at the studio. A student’s age and past experience are always helpful guides. If you do not make it to one of the two annual auditions and you have previous experience, your first class will be an evaluation class so we can place you where you will be both comfortable and challenged. If it is your first time at the studio, we will recommend taking a level that is lower for the following reasons; you may be unfamiliar with a teacher's style, classes may be harder than what you are accustomed to and you might want to acclimate yourself to new surroundings. Other studios syllabuses are not identical to CCD nor are the class level names the same.
If you haven't danced in many years, you'll want to reintroduce your body and muscles slowly. Please consult us regarding the appropriate level for your evaluation.
For dancers ages 9 and up with previous experience it is best to attend one of the two auditions to register in the fall. When students enter class at the beginning of a semester, they are evaluated for class placement in order to allow the dancer to be challenged and grow as an individual while also promoting the development of self-esteem. Please be assured that all our students’ progress is evaluated during each semester. If a class change is needed, we will notify you of the necessary change within two weeks of the academic school year. Physical strength, maturity, focus and discipline are taken into account. Our teachers are very experienced in what is necessary to progress from one level to the next. We take your child’s best interest to heart.
It is rare that a child is not mature and focused enough to participate in a structured classroom environment. If a child is unwilling or unable to participate in the group setting, or is distracting the class, we will speak with the parents to see if some activities can be implemented at home to assist their child.
These classes are for our younger students and introduce them to music, dance, and basic ballet vocabulary and classroom etiquette. Deciding what class level a student should take is initially based on the student’s age by September 1st of the academic school year. Preschool ballet is for ages 3-4.5; while pre-ballet is for ages 4.5-6; and beginning ballet is for ages 6-8. Students stay in the same level for one to two full academic years, based on their gross motor skill development, focus and maturity.
No audition is required.
Many students will remain in a class level for two to three (2-3) years. The studio has evaluations at the end of each semester for the Upper Division.
The lower level students receive an evaluation at the end of April during observation week. This includes preschool ballet, pre-ballet, beginning ballet and jazz & tap combo.
Summer students are evaluated at the end of the 6-week semester. Typically, the lower level students will continue in the same level from summer to fall. Upper level students can grow quickly in the summer due to the accelerated program and will be placed accordingly.
You may request a conference with the teacher and director after the evaluations should you have any concerns or questions.
You can take a class of the same level for which you missed. For example: If you missed your Beginning Ballet class you may take another Beginning Ballet on another day or a Beginning Jazz, Beginning Modern... please speak with your teacher or call the front office.
Yes, we have an annual Studio Spring Concert for the Upper Division and the City Ballet of Cleveland show in May at Tri-C’s eastern campus.
The lower level classes, which include preschool ballet, pre-ballet, beginning ballet and jazz & tap combo, have free performances in May at the studio in an intimate and non-stressful setting. The Company performs for the students for free at the end of class presentation with a story ballet such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter & the Wolf.
There is no performance at the end of the 6-week summer semester. The Level II camps through the Intermediate/Advance do have an opportunity to perform at the Saturday Open house at the end of the summer as well as for 2016 at the Grove in August.
For more information, see our Annual Spring Concert.
We hold annual auditions in the Spring. The dancers need to be an intermediate ballet level and at least ten years of age. The company has an apprentice level for those not at the intermediate level but interested in dancing more to build strength and self-confidence and to have other performing opportunity throughout the year. Please visit the City Ballet of Cleveland website under Events.
You will want to speak with the director, Courtney Laves-Mearini of CCD in person. Once your dancer has been evaluated we can discuss an accelerated program appropriate for your child according to their desire whether it is ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, college or commercial work. Ballet is the basis for many of the dance art forms and should be considered even for those wishing to pursue musical theater.
Auditioning for the City Ballet of Cleveland, a501 (c) 3 non-profit ballet company, is an option for those who want the opportunity to perform with more frequency and are ready to devote more time to serious training involving additional weekly rehearsals.
Yes, we do offer private classes especially for students wishing to catch up to their peers’ level or wishing to have private coaching/training for a special performance or audition. Teachers will set their fee, which includes the cost for using the studio space. Hourly prices start at $65 and go up to $100. Semi-privates are an additional $10 per student.
Privates are based on studio and teacher availability.
We have extensive financial, dress code, and studio general policies. They are here on our website along with the annual calendar which are distributed at time of registration. They are also part of our parent/student handbook.
The dress code levels the playing field for students. This allows students to focus on their technique and stand out for their dancing.
10-class cards are for adults only. You are required to sign-in at the front desk before each class you take. These cards cannot be used for beginning level classes, as consistency in classes is the key to progression and we do limit the class size. We recognize the need for flexibility with family and work schedules; however, a class card does not register you for a particular class nor hold your space in a class. Class cardholders will not be able to take a closed/full class. A class will be cancelled if there is NOT a minimum of five (5) individuals registered for the entire semester.
- Class cards expire six months from date of purchase.
- Class card students must sign-in prior to taking each class.
- Semester discounts do not apply to class cards.
- There are no refunds for unused class cards.
No we do not offer ballroom, tango, or salsa dance classes.