Board of Directors


Donna Burrer

Board President (2012-present)

VP, Key Bank


David Pelleg

Board Treasurer (2015)

Financial Consultant


Jamie Dreger

Board Secretary (2015)

Freelance Educator


Mary Braun

Board Member (2014-present)

Retired Art Teacher

Cleveland Hts./University Hts.


Heather Young

Board Member (2015)


Susan Atzemis

Board Member (2016)

Letter from the President

City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC), a pre-professional company dedicated to classical ballet in Northeast Ohio, is now entering its sixth year of operation. Under the leadership of Courtney Laves-Mearini, our Artistic and Executive Director, the Company remained a part of the exclusive Regional Dance America (RDA) organization, which it joined in 2012, and was again the recipient of a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC).

We continue to operate with a balanced budget that is carefully managed through the efforts of our hardworking and committed board of directors and our Artistic and Executive Director. Our board of directors gives their time and energy to further the goals of the Company through successful fund-raising and by enlisting and growing the number of generous donors and supporters.


Throughout 2015 and 2016, we continued to enhance our influence in the Northeast Ohio arts community by featuring several new classical ballet works, including a magical performance of Alice in Wonderland this past Spring. Our goal is to offer high caliber ballet to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio while increasing the level of our Company. It is our hope and aspiration that our talented and well-trained Company dancers remain with us, and that we draw other talented dancers to join us to help achieve a national level classical ballet company.

City Ballet of Cleveland

13108 Shaker Square • Cleveland, OH 44120


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