We offer year-round classes in BALLET, JAZZ, TAP, GRAHAM-BASED and HAWKEN-BASED MODERN, HIP-HOP and MAT PILATES six days a week. Classes are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced starting from 2-½ yrs to adult. This allows students to be placed according to their individual ability, to be the best they can be and lets them enjoy dance in a safe structured environment.

Our Instructors have years of experience as professional dancers, teachers and choreographers in the community and nationally. They are always happy to work with students on an individual basis to help bring out the best in them. For more details on the classes we offer, please visit our Schedule.

How do I know which level of class to take?

Dancers with experience need to take one of our audition classes or call to schedule a placement class. All Novice students ages 8 and up must begin in a pre-professional Ballet I.

For your first time at the studio, we recommend taking a level that is for your age group if you are not a beginner for the following reasons;

  1. Each studio may have different criteria for each level, you may be unfamiliar with a teacher’s style,
  2. Classes may be harder than what you are accustomed to and you might wish to acclimate yourself to new surroundings.
  3. If you haven’t danced in many years, you’ll want to reintroduce your body and muscles slowly. Please ask for recommendations.
  4. Remember, if you’ve chosen a class that is not best for you, we will happily switch you to another class.

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Levels Description & Placement

All levels above Beginning Levels require previous experience, a placement class or summer audition class.

Students are thoughtfully placed based on technical ability and mental maturity.

Class Goals

All levels build from concepts learned in previous levels and work on the following:

  • The importance of proper dance attire for each class
  • Correct technique
  • Correct placement and alignment of spine and coordination of arms (port de bra)
  • Finding and maintaining center of balance
  • Musicality– listening and dancing to the music not through the music
  • Dance terminology

The Cleveland City Dance children’s dance program for ages 3-21 promotes discipline and creativity while encouraging each student to work toward their individual best. Classes focus on building a solid foundation, emphasizing proper placement and safe progressions of movement, while remaining sensitive to the developmental needs of younger dancers.

All students interested in enrolling in Levels I-V (ages 9-21) with previous dance experience must participate in either a placement class or the Children’s Division open auditions. Students will be placed by the faculty into the appropriate level of the program upon acceptance to the program.

Students will be evaluated twice a school year; at which time they are evaluated for the next semester and school year. Typically, many students stay at the same level for two to three years to achieve the proficiency needed to thrive in the next level. Additionally, students may be transferred to another level at the discretion of the faculty at any point during the year.

Please keep in mind that the age range is given as a guideline. Students will be placed by the Cleveland City Dance artistic director and faculty in the appropriate level based on technique demonstrated at the open audition for all students ages 9 and up who have previous dance experience.

The next open auditions are as follows:

  • Last Saturday of Summer program in August
    • 9:00 am-10:00 am for ages 9-11
    • 11:00 am-12:30 pm for ages 12 and up
    • For the auditions, all students should arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition with a $20 audition fee. The $20 will be applied toward tuition for the upcoming school year. See Audition information and registration form.
  • For Ballet, all female dancers should wear a solid color leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Hair should be in a neat ballet bun. Dancers on pointe should wear pointe shoes for center.
  • For ballet, all male dancers should wear a white solid color t-shirt, black tights or black leggings and black shoes. (CCD does have a limited variety of leotards and ballet shoes on consignment.)
  • For Jazz, Modern, Tap, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop the placement class will serve as the audition

Q: How is the school year organized for Cleveland City Dance?

A: The school year begins the first Tuesday in September after Labor Day and ends in December for winter recess. Classes resume January after New Year’s through May. Students must enroll for the entire year (September-May). Please note the summer semester camps and classes run June through mid-August.

Q: Can students still register once the school year begins?

A: Yes, based on availability and the progression of the classes. For students with previous experience they will be required to take a placement class. Registration for the next academic school year (September-May) for new students will be through a placement class evaluation or during the last Saturday of Summer classes in August. Given space availability in the program, parents are encouraged to enroll their dancer during the summer registration period.

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Last updated: February 12 2021

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