The dance company, City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) resides at the CCD studios located at Shaker Square. The pre-professional dancers audition annually in the spring to participate. The audition is open to area students in ballet levels 1-4, ages 10-21. These students must take additional classes in ballet, jazz, and modern, schedule time to rehearse choreography throughout the year, and participate in outreach programs and local and national festivals including, Regional Dance America. The dancers are divided into Apprentice and Company levels. Artistic and Executive Director, Courtney Laves-Mearini, along with Ballet Master Mark Otloski, steer the direction of the ensemble toward continual growth. In 2013 the Company became a member of the prestigious Regional Dance America, Northeast.
The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) has long and deep roots in the city of Cleveland. Starting in 1965 Alex Martin founded a dance school named Cleveland City Dance (CCD). Several owners followed and in 2004 Courtney J. Laves-Mearini became the owner of CCD. In 2008, the company and school (CCD) moved to the revitalized Shaker Square. The ballet company name was changed to the Cleveland City Dance Company (CCDC). In 2013 the name of the company changed to the City Ballet of Cleveland to reflect that its focus on classical ballet. The studio name remains Cleveland City Dance.
The City Ballet of Cleveland toured 12 area schools, churches and Cleveland Clinic, performing Dr. Coppelia’s Workshop. The children are introduced to the art of ballet presented by dancers showing them how accessible ballet is for all children. These outreach performances also allow our company members to serve as ambassadors of dance by always taking the time to answer the audience questions at the end of the performance as well as to show children their potential.
Our fourth annual fundraising gala and additional fundraisers successfully raised $7,896 to support the company. This delightful evening featured Company dancers performing excerpts from A Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker, Act II along with a silent auction. We are still raising funds through June 2015 and City Ballet of Cleveland continues developing its infrastructure to support ongoing fundraising activities. A variety of advertising campaigns, press releases and the use of social media continue to increase our audience.
We continued online ticket sales which ran smoothly with minimal fees to the buyers. We are able to continue offering free parking at Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus Liberal Arts Theater. We now have an I-Phone with a different phone number from the CCD studio to process donations and purchases using the Square.
For the upcoming 2015-2016 season we will continue performing at the Tri-C Eastern Campus. We are working toward entry into the Playhouse Square theater area for our Spring 2016 performance. For the upcoming season through the generous support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, we will continue to enhance our Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker. The outreach performances will present a new production in a 30 minute format of Alice in Wonderland also included during our Spring performance with repertory will include a classical work and three new works created by local choreographers
City Ballet of Cleveland
13108 Shaker Square • Cleveland, OH 44120
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