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City Ballet of Cleveland 2024 Audition

Sunday, April 21 - 1:00 PM

City Ballet of Cleveland is a pre-professional dance company of the highest caliber in Northeast Ohio. We foster every dancer’s ability and promote a love of dance through pre-professional training, performance, and community engagement.

The City Ballet of Cleveland (CBC) audition is open to all serious and committed ballet dancers ages 10–21. The Company has two annual performances in May and December and smaller performances at festivals, local schools, and more. Applications are available online at www.cityballetofcleveland.org under Company Events.

Potential dancers can be students from any area dance school. All dancers must be at least 10 years old by September 2024 and currently take ballet, and either modern or jazz.

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

If you do not take ballet classes at Cleveland City Dance and are accepted into the Company, your current dance school will be asked to sign off monthly to confirm you are taking the required dance training necessary to be a member of the City Ballet of Cleveland.

All potential Company members, including current Company members, must audition in the Spring prior to the upcoming season. A $25 non-refundable audition fee (paid online or via check or cash). Applications are due Thursday, April 18The application fee increases to $40 after ThursdayThe audition class will be taught by the Company Artistic Director, Courtney J. Laves-Mearini.  Parents’ Meet and Greet during the Audition and mandatory meeting with the Artistic Director at 3:00–3:30 pm.

If unable to attend the in-person audition, One may submit a virtual audition on a private YouTube channel. The audition requirements are below:

  1. A 15–20 minute demonstration of barre and center technique.
  2. The barre technique should include pliés, battement tendus, battement jétéronde de jambe, passédéveloppé en croix, grands battementsand balances on one leg.
  3. The center technique should include adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grande allegro. (For female dancers on pointe include relevés in first, sous suséschappés and retiré balance)
  4. A classical variation one to two minutes in length. (En pointe for advanced dancers). This variation will show your technical abilities and performing presence.

Email the video link with a brief resume and photograph in arabesque by Thursday, April 18, to:



13108 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
Event Type
Theatre / Dance


City Ballet of Cleveland

Date / Time

Sunday, April 21, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM


(216) 848-9088
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