City Ballet of Cleveland Mission

The City Ballet of Cleveland, formerly Cleveland City Dance Company, is the pre-professional ballet company residing at Cleveland City Dance (CCD) open to students in ages 10-21, by audition. These students choose to take additional classes in ballet, jazz, and modern as well as to make time to rehearse choreography throughout the year.

The City Ballet of Cleveland’s mission is to be a ballet company of the highest caliber serving its communities through performance and education.

The Company’s vision is to be the leading ballet company in Northeast Ohio.

The self-disciplined, energetic, enthusiastic, and focused young dancers are rewarded with the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to guest instructors, choreographers, and dance professionals year round. The Company dancers uniquely serve as dance arts ambassadors when they perform at festivals including the prestigious Regional Dance America Northeast Festivals, local schools, workshops and fundraisers.

The students are divided into the Apprentice, Junior and Senior levels based on technical ability. Courtney Laves-Mearini, along with Mark Otloski, steer the direction of the ensemble toward continual growth.

The Company has performed at the Northeast Ohio Dance Festival, Shaker Square’s Farmers Market opening weekend and area schools. Many in the ensemble have also performed with professional companies including Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, Kirov Ballet’s La Bayadere and American Ballet Theatre’s Le Corsaire. Some of the Senior Dance Company students have attended summer intensive workshops at American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet (SAB), Ballet Met, Pittsburg Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ben Stevenson Academy, Julliard Dance and the Rock School.

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City Ballet of Cleveland Company Audition

(Cleveland, OH) – The City Ballet of Cleveland Company will be holding its annual audition on Sunday, April 14, 2019; 1:00-3:00 pm. The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC), audition is open to all Cleveland area serious dancers of ballet ages 10-21. The company has two annual performances including the Spring repertoire and December’s original “Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker”, as well as performances at All Ohio Dance Festival, local schools, the Cleveland Clinic, and more. Applications are available online at under Company information. Potential dancers do not have to be attending students at Cleveland City Dance.

The audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic and Executive Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini. The E. John Busser Scholarship audition will be held during the audition class.

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Application forms and additional information are available online at, or call 216-848-9088.

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