Performance Opportunities

Seeing one’s children perform is one of the greatest thrills for all parents. All students from our Little Ones Level are invited to participate in informal presentations held in the CCD studios. A highlight of the school year is our Spring Annual Concert held annually at Tri-C Eastern Campus for our Upper Level dancers. Students in our Preschool Ballet, Pre-Ballet, and Jazz & Tap Combo perform separately from the Upper Division. The City Ballet of Cleveland performs for the Little Ones Level at the end of the performance.

The Little Ones in our Lower Level will perform in an informal setting at CCD’s performance studio; this is much less stressful for the children. The in-studio show for our younger dancers in Preschool Ballet, Pre-Ballet and Jazz & Tap Combo allows our students a chance to shine in front of their family and friends and see older students perform for them including for 2016-2017 Alice in Wonderland. A big part of the dance training process includes attending classes consistently throughout the year, developing a knowledge and love of dance and performing. This experience helps build self-esteem contributing to a sense of confidence.

Our Beginner Division levels through our Advanced Division participate in this annual concert. The end of January is our cut-off to accept novice students because they will be at a great disadvantage compared to other students preparing for the CCD Annual Spring Concert. Students with previous experience may be evaluated for placement on an individual basis. Students present a professional standard of performance under the direction of CCD faculty.

Students, ages 8 and older, are encouraged to audition for the annual City Ballet of Cleveland production of A Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker as part of the holiday celebration. Auditions are scheduled for the second Saturday of the fall semester. Other Company productions may also need additional dancers that will be determined through audition. Parents will be informed of their child’s possible participation in advance so that they may audition for this opportunity. Beginning students, ages 8 and older, with one year of dance the previous year are eligible to audition.

If you want a place that respects children as children and does not have them do choreography that is cheap and over sexualizes children, this is it. They teach dance as an ongoing process and do not fall into the performance trap. You can choose whether or not your child is in a recital and then fees are reasonable. Some places put little girls in grown up music video costumes and then charge you a lot of money for the performance space and the costumes. This is the place to learn classical ballet and much more.

—ann williams (Jan 2019)

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