New Annex Location

New this year is Studio 4!

Located at the Somatic Center on 13002 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland OH 44120, at the corner of E. 130th, next to the Flying Cranes Café.

New Studio 4 class offerings include Preschool Ballet and Ballet I on Mondays. More classes and details to follow!

New Thursday Classes

We have 2 new classes on Thursday evenings at the Shaker Square studio: Musical Theater (ages 8-16) and Jazz/Tap Combo (ages 3-5). Both will be taught by Lori Simplican.

Cleveland City Dance Welcomes Silver Swans®

(Cleveland, OH) – Cleveland City Dance is thrilled to announce that one of our teachers, Bridget Biliunas, has recently completed her Silver Swans® training through the Royal Academy of Dance and is now the ONLY person in Ohio to be teaching this unique method of ballet training. “Silver Swans® classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s, but whatever your age, if you are looking for a new way to keep fit and active our ballet classes will put a spring in your step. Whether you’ve never danced before or want to get back into the swing of dancing your heart out, our classes have something for everyone. The RAD developed this program based on research into dance practice for older learners — classes are only taught by Silver Swans licensees’
Royal Academy of Dance.
Silver Swans Cleveland Locations

Mrs. Biliunas is pleased to offer a special 6-week session to introduce you to this class. The class will run Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am from April 16- May 21, 2018. There is a weekly one class option also. Take some time to return to ballet or try something new, meet new friends and get fit for the holiday season. We need at least five people for the class to run. Please register by Thursday April 12!! For more information or to register, please visit

Cleveland City Dance director Courtney Laves-Mearini recognized as female entrepreneur

From Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, March 2017:

“Female entrepreneurs are leading our state in healthcare, education, construction and so many other important industries,” Secretary Husted said. “As the father of two bright young women, it is important to me that my daughters see these successful role models and know that their futures in Ohio and in America are very bright.”

Our March Ohio Business Profile features women-owned businesses in the Buckeye State. Companies featured include: MJP Trucking, LLC, Paper Trails of Rocky River, Cleveland-City-Dance, Sweet Designs Chocolatier, Gross Electric Inc., Warnick Consultants, LLC, Patty Beery’s Energy Arts and Your Management Team.

Learn more about this month’s highlighted businesses here:

See CCD’s profile here. Complete text of news release here.

City Ballet of Cleveland 2017 Audition

Date: TBA • Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Followed by Parents’ Meeting at 2:30 pm

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 performances at All Ohio Dance Festival, Regional Dance America, and local schools. Applications are available upon request at the Front Desk and online at 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 2017; be currently taking ballet and jazz.

Notice of nondiscriminatory policy: The City Ballet of Cleveland does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, ancestry or nationality in its admissions policies, scholarship programs or any other company activities administered.

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 fee (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 advance 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 March 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.

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