We were so happy with the safety measures in place this summer and felt so comfortable getting back into dance classes for my youngest. I was even able to watch a few of her classes via the Zoom link.

We’ve always found CCD to be a warm and inviting place with teachers who are excellent at engaging kids of different age groups and levels. Regardless of whether my daughters pursue dance in the future, classes at CCD have increased their confidence, in addition to all of the awesome physical benefits of dance (body control, balance, etc.).

—Amanda Fort (Sep 2020)

I know this is a hard time. I hope you and your family are doing well.

I just wanted to send you a little note to say thank you for thinking outside the box to find a way to bring dance to your students. Not only are you allowing them to keep up with dance but you and your teachers are bringing a little joy to the day!

—Take care! Traci (May 2020)

Our daughter, Adrienne, has been going to Cleveland City Dance for 8 years and has been company member of City Ballet of Cleveland for 6 years. We couldn’t be more pleased with the instruction she’s getting in all genres of dance – ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. There is strong focus on technique and artistry.

Director Courtney Laves-Mearini and all teachers are utmostly devoted to every student’s personal growth, not only as a dancer, but also as a responsible, persevering, and compassionate individual. Adrienne considers Cleveland City Dance as a second home where she has forged close friendships. For all these reasons, we would not hesitate to drive an hour to this studio.

—Annie Tan, MD (May 2020)

Ms. Courtney, I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me these last couple of years. I can’t wait to come back to visit and take more classes! I learned so much beyond ballet by taking your classes and speaking with you. Thank you for taking the time to work with me to improve not only as a dancer, but also grow as a person. I learned so much about self respect, confidence, and motivation through your teachings. I really admire and have taken in the amount of care and attention you put into working with your students.

Thank you for everything,

—Maiya (Sep 2020)

Thank you for the link. The [Pilates] class will help me immensely. You can be sure I will take advantage of it, time and time again. Thank you for who you are and all that you do for us adults, as well as your students.

—Jan (Aug 2020)

What a place, great environment, positive energy, amazing teachers with professional dancing backgrounds who are knowledgeable & dedicated to the student's development & advancement. Also each studio is now outfitted with large screen monitors that allow students in class to experience their friends taking classes at home (social distancing has reduced the number of students allowed in class each day) and students at home to enjoy a view of the students & teachers in the dance studio. Multi-cultural families, a wonderful location (Shaker Square) & dedicated staff makes time spent at this school very enjoyable & productive. Keep up the good work & never stop dancing!

—Michael M. (Yelp review, July 2020)

Just a quick note to thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. Maddy was terrified to go back to class this morning and when I picked her up at noon she was beaming with joy. You are so skilled at that delicate balance of challenging them to be their best, yet reassuring them that you care for them. Brava!

—Amy (June 2020)

Dear Courtney,
I am sorry to report that our daughter Elizabeth has decided to pursue other interests and does not want to take ballet classes at this time. Miss Jamie has been a delightful teacher and a wonderful role model for Elizabeth. She loves her teachers.

You run a wonderful dance studio. We enjoyed our brief time with you. Thank you so much for your help.

—Ingrid (Elizabeth’s mom) (Feb 2020)

That hip hop class was super-awesome, DeJa is a *really* good instructor.

—Eagan (Nov 2019)

Wonderful!!! Maria is really enjoying CCD!! She’s feeling very blessed to be at CCD!

—Jean (Oct 2019)

Courtney, THANK YOU! you are the most caring wonderful teacher!! We are so lucky to know you and to have you be part of our lives. Thank YOU so much for giving Maiya so much care and for pushing her to be a better ballerina and person, we love you.

—Monica (Oct 2019)

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)

This is a family affair for generations:

Cleveland City Dance Studio has been a wonderful home base for me since it opened at Shaker Square in 2007. Director Courtney Laves-Mearini and I go back much longer ago than that though. I knew her when she danced with Cleveland Ballet and taught classes at the Wilson-Aldophi studio. I enjoyed her classes and style of teaching. So, when she bought the Wilson-Adolphi studio and moved to Shaker Square, I went with her.

I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy taking classes with people of different ages. It is fun to see and dance with my retired friends as well other adults and professional dancers and dance instructors. However, one of my greatest joys is watching the pre-professional students grow and develop over the years. And during the last several years, I have been able to watch two of my grandchildren progress in their ballet classes.

—Karen B. Kirby (Apr 2019)

This is our first year at Cleveland City Dance and we couldn’t be happier. We take Miss Meghann’s Saturday morning pre-ballet class and she is phenomenal. She is so patient and encouraging and has really helped my 3.5 yr old blossom into a confident little dancer. Highly recommend!

—Amanda Brown (Mar 2019)

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Thank you for this message. Your studio has always been a place of shelter and healing. Best regards,

—LLJaka, "Meals on wheels" (June 2020)

Evan had the following to say about the class:

Mr. Marks class is very fun. I take it with two boys, James and John. We do plies,demi plies, tendues and more things. He’s very nice, intelligent and kind. The things I learned in class helped me with my sports like Baseball, swimming, basketball and Karate. I look forward to taking class again this fall.

From my perspective:

The boys class has given my son a new perspective on dance and he really looks forward to his Friday lesson. I have seen an increased awareness of his body that has proved to be most helpful in his sports performance. I am grateful for the opportunity Evan has to explore the arts in a fun and well structured environment. The solid basics that he is learning will allow him to enjoy the arts for a lifetime.

Evan is thinking about auditioning. He is a bit nervous, LOL!