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Cleveland City Dance - Home to City Ballet of Cleveland

13108 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120
Phone: (216) 295-2222
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Office hours: Monday — Friday 10 am to 2 pm, 4:30 pm-8:00; Saturday 9 am to 2 pm

Courtney J. Laves-Mearini, Director
Heather Young, Administrative Assistant and Teacher
Mark Otloski, Ballet Master and Teacher
Andrea Blankstein-Otloski, Ballet Mistress and Teacher

Our mission at Cleveland City Dance is to instill an appreciation and love for the art of dance by educating our students in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and more. Our environment encourages students to excel at their individual pace and reach their full potential while building self-esteem.  

Education: Cleveland City Dance offers year round classes for children and adults in ballet, boys’ ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and more for those aspiring to dance professionally as well as those seeking to enjoy dance for recreation.

As the ballet student matures in their technique and mental abilities, the number of classes taken during the week increases for the student to better master their skills and retains body memory more readily, as well as to increase strength and flexibility. This includes comprehending the use of music and dance, basic dance vocabulary and etiquette.
Each level builds on the previous level.  We offer classes beginning at age 3 and into peoples 70’s.  This is a basic outline starting at age 3:
    •    Build self-esteem and awareness
    •    Instill socialization and cooperative skills
    •    Taking direction and listening skills
    •    Hand & eye coordination, using shapes & levels to enhance motor skills
    •    Work on balancing for 4 counts on one leg
    •    Cultivate body awareness – identify & isolate
    •    Mild stretching
    •    Musicality, understanding rhythm
    •    Joy of Movement
    •    Spatial awareness

We offer programs for elders as well.