CJN Back to School Interview

Cleveland Jewish News “Back to School” article highlights the benefits of after-school dance programs at Cleveland City Dance. Printable PDF here.

CCD Virtual Tour

Take a personal guided tour through our studio with Director Courtney Laves-Mearini (Turn on sound with volume control in player).

Fab Feb Dance Informa Interview

The Fab Feb issue of Dance Informa magazine features an interview with Courtney Laves-Mearini as City Ballet of Cleveland celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

More dance reading in this issue:

City Ballet of Cleveland Audition Notice

Date: Sunday, April 14 at 1:00-3:00 pm

Mandatory Parent/Guardian meeting – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Cleveland City Dance Studios, 13108 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Serious ballet dancers ages 10-21 by September 2019

The City Ballet of Cleveland mission is to be a ballet company of the highest caliber serving Northeast Ohio through performances and education. The long-term vision is to build the leading ballet company in Northeast Ohio.

Annual performances include:

  • December Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker
  • School performances
  • May Spring Concerts
  • All Ohio Dance Festival and more

Audition is required to become a member for the current Season. If one cannot attend the audition a video is acceptable. Contact the Company for additional information.

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

Please complete an application form with $25 audition fee to the Director one week prior to the audition in person or by mail, April 10. The $25 will be applied to participation fee. Applications received after April 10 should have $35 application fee, only $25 will be applied to participation fee.

All outside dancers must be a minimum of 10 years old by September 2019; be currently studying ballet and jazz.

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

Applications and additional information are available online at the Company website: or by calling: 216-848-9088.

New Annex Location

New in 2018 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.

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