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Inspire Your Passion & Talent

At Cleveland’s Premier Dance School

Classes at Cleveland
City Dance

For over 50 years, generations of dancers across Cleveland, OH, have pirouetted, glided, and risen their way to confidence, poise, and excellence at Cleveland City Dance.

Offering a variety of professionally taught dance classes for students of all ages, our dance school has always served as a home for dancers to spread their wings and nurture their passion and talent.

Classes in Cleveland, OH ❘ Cleveland City Dance

Whether you’re seeking a career in dance or are looking to build confidence & lifelong friendships, we welcome you to Cleveland City Dance!

Call 216-295-2222 to Enroll

Meet Our Instructors

Dance Programs for
Children, Teens, & Adults

Students find encouragement, inspiration, and support through instruction by dedicated and passionate teaching professionals. Each student is placed appropriately, based on ability, to achieve their personal best.

Explore a dance style that’s perfect for you and make lifelong friendships along the way!

Dance Programs for
Children, Teens, & Adults

Students find encouragement, inspiration, and support through instruction by dedicated and passionate teaching professionals. Each student is placed appropriately, based on ability, to achieve their personal best.

Explore a dance style that’s perfect for you and make lifelong friendships along the way!


Experience the light, grace, and fluidity of Classical Ballet. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced ballerina, our professional instructors are ready to help you perfect the techniques of this timeless art form.

We also offer ballet classes for boys. The strengthening principles learned with formal instruction can help young boys excel in recreational or team sports, in addition to the benefits of focus ability.


Jazz Dance combines the elegant elements of ballet and the rhythm of tap in this dynamic and passionate style of dance. Inspired by street dance and Broadway techniques, Jazz will help you master theatrical technique, acting, and movement.


In Modern Dance, get ready to explore the body’s basic movement impulses and breathe, leap, and hop your way to rhythmic, spatial, and performance excellence. Modern Dance can help you nurture and enhance your strength, flexibility, and inner motivation for movement.


Tap gives every student the ability to focus on movement and sound as they practice and master precise and dynamic footwork. This is All-American style of dance is enjoyable for children and adults alike.


Evolving from street dance, Hip Hop intertwines the elements of jazz and tap styles of dance. Energetic, fun, and fast-paced, students enjoy learning the fundamentals and mastering hip-hop techniques in the process.


Looking to build your core strength, improve your flexibility, and lengthen your muscles? Conditioning can help you develop a healthy awareness of your posture, body movements, and breath through resistance training. Based on Pilates, this program can produce the same results as those who take ballet classes consistently.


This vinyasa flow class is for all levels of experience. We’ll synchronize our breath with movement, which creates a flowing practice that combines intensity with a moderate pace. Don’t worry if you’re new to yoga, the instructor will provide modifications for any
pose so that you can work at your own level.


Acrobatic Elements combined with classical dance techniques including ballet, jazz and contemporary. For the more experienced this includes backflips and handstands. Mini Acro for ages 5-8 introducing basic acro skills for dance with a focus on laying the foundations including developing body awareness, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. This includes learning to jump, balance, roll, bend and invert safely.
Skills working toward:
 Forward rolls
 Back rolls
 Cartwheels
 Handstand
 Headstand
 Push up to bridge
Ages 9 and up introduces basic skills:
 Rolls
 Inversions
 Backbends
 Cartwheels
 Handstands
 Front walkovers
 Back walkovers
 Aerial prep
 Front handsprings
 Back handspring preps
 Aerials
Students will also learn proper strengths and conditioning exercises to help avoid injuries and maintain longevity. Acro attire: leotards with leggings or athletic shorts, or biketards. Class is taken barefoot.

African Dance

We are so excited to offer an African Dance this year. This class is a dynamic and engaging introduction to the diversity and vitality of African dance forms. Dancers are introduced to the historical and cultural significance of African dance, exploring its connections to storytelling, spirituality, community bonding, and celebration. the dances will be primarily from Guinea and the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa.

Helpful Articles

Cleveland City Dance is committed to helping our students immerse themselves in the world of dance and thrive as they achieve personal new heights. We’ve provided a series of articles to help students and families discover more about the journey to becoming a dancer!

Twirling Tots & Young Dancer Camp

Want to enroll your child in our Twirling Tots & Young Dancer Camp? Read more about what our rewarding dance camp programs have to offer!

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All Boys’ Ballet Camp

Cleveland City Dance started the All-Boys’ Ballet camp to bring boys together in a positive environment building mutual camaraderie, and to build on specific strength and movement qualities necessary for male dancers. The boys learn valuable skills such as jumps, turns, and holding themselves strong for presenting themselves well on stage. They also work on building upper body strength to prepare them for the physical rigors it takes to build their dance skills and eventually to partner other dancers including lifts and assists.

This strong athletic foundation of coordination, flexibility and strength are developed with technique, artistry, and love for the dance profession for students to realize their full potential.

The program is for boys ages 7-12. Wednesday evenings 4:30-6:301pm with Ethan Lee.

For information including reserving a spot in this special boys’ camp, call 216-295-2222

Adult Classes

The Adult classes are geared for students ages 14 and up.  This is a wonderful way to incorporate dance into your life alongside a community of like-minded people wishing to move to music. Whether new to dance or returning after years away you will build balance, flexibility, and strength in classes. Classes include ballet, conditioning, hip-hop, jazz, modern and tap.  Levels include beginner to Intermediate levels.  More advanced dancers are invited to take the student level II & III classes. Beginning Levels are only offered in-person.

Register Online


Performances are lovely optional opportunities for families and communities to celebrate and share all the achievements of each dancer no matter how small or great.

Opportunity to perform with City Ballet of Cleveland “Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker” and Spring story ballet


Opportunity to work toward the elite YAGP competition.  
Past years participants include:
2024- Anna Gracon, Aria Risling, and Ensemble
2023- Olivia Mian, Madeline Friedman
2022-  Olivia Mian, Shane Williams (now dancing with NYCB)
2021- Maia Atzemis, Olivia Mian, Grace Pindel, Sia Erter
2020- Maia Atzemis, and Ensemble
2019- Maia Atzemis


  • Lower Division Show: Preschool Ballet, Pre-Ballet, and Jazz & Tap combo
  • Upper Division Show: Beginning levels through adults in all genres
Classes in Cleveland, OH ❘ Cleveland City Dance

Dancer FAQ

Below we’ve provided information to help our students and families learn more about our dance school and what to expect. If you don’t see an answer to a specific question, get in touch with us today!

What ages does Cleveland City Dance teach?

Cleveland City Dance has some students starting their dance education as early as 3. Some dancers continue taking classes into their 80s. See class level descriptions for further information.

How can I register?

For students under 9 years of age, no audition is required. For dancers without previous experience, please contact the studio 216-295-2222 for assistance in registering for the appropriate classes. Trial classes may be taken throughout the year for placement each
year. Auditions may be held during the summer for dancers with previous experience
ages 9 and older wishing to enroll for the start of the academic season. All registration is
online via the JackRabbit Dance platform.

How can I receive a current or future brochure mailed to me?

Cleveland City Dance is environmentally friendly, so our information is frequently updated on the website. We can also email information directly to you including schedules and more.

What benefits does dance offer mentally and physically?

Early exposure to dance helps children develop confidence, good posture, listening skills, coordination, strength, and balance while also growing lifelong friendships. Structured dance develops personal, physical, emotional, and social lessons.  This includes coordination, strength, gross motor skills, poise, and posture while also improving cognitive skills, critical thinking, focus, rhythm, and creativity beneficial for academics.

Through dance education, one learns life lessons including discipline, focus on listening and thinking, and having the ability, confidence, and initiative to complete a task. 

Classes also help build confidence, self-esteem, etiquette, social skills, and discipline that will be carried throughout many aspects of life.  All the hard work and practice culminate in the end-of-year presentations to give all students a sense of accomplishment and pride.  

See Ten Reasons to Take Ballet

Will a beginning teenager or adult be placed in class with young children?

No, we offer teen/adult classes so all our students can enjoy a comfortable dance environment and learn dance techniques at their pace. We offer teen/adult beginning ballet, adult beginning ballet, adult ballet I, II, and III, teen/adult tap, teen/adult jazz, teen/adult modern, and teen/adult hip-hop. Teens and adults should consult their instructors for recommendations on additional class options as well as when the appropriate time would be to move up a level.  Some classes do have pre-requisites such as being at a Ballet II for Pointe and Ballet II Modern II.

Can I just drop into a class when it is convenient?

You may drop into a class for $25, however, if the class is at its capacity for students, you will not be allowed to take the class on that day. You are required to register in advance online,10,13  and should call ahead (216) 295-2222 for a drop-in class to confirm the class availability. We only allow two drop-ins for the year.  We ask you to enroll for consistency in training so you can progress.  A class card is also an option for adult students past the beginner levels.

Will you start a new class if other classes are filled or if we have a group needing a different time?

Yes, we do our best to attempt to fill the desired class requests, but this is also influenced by the availability of studio times and having the appropriate teacher(s) available.

I see you have a weekly Level II-V morning ballet class from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (this is an intermediate level). Does that class include professionals? May I take the class and what level is taught?

Yes, if you are an intermediate level (Level II at Cleveland City Dance) to an advanced dancer.  It frequently includes area professional dancers and visiting artists.  The teachers prepare a class to warm up all participants and challenge the professionals.  For intermediate students, this is a rewarding way to challenge oneself and be inspired by observing professional dancers in the class.

Do you limit the size of classes?

Yes, classes at CCD vary in sizes from 6-20 students.  This varies upon the age of the students and the size of the classroom. Some of our younger children’s classes also have an assistant.  We limit classes to ensure students receive personal attention and do not feel overwhelmed in a crowd. 

What is modern dance?

Modern dance emphasizes the exploration of our most basic movement impulses, such as breathing, walking, running, hopping, and leaping. Students will develop the means for individual expression and seek inner motivation for movement. Through floor work exercises and movements across the floor, students will improve flexibility and strength in the hips and core muscles while exploring rhythmic, spatial, and performance challenges. Students may begin in Children’s Modern at age 7.

Why is ballet recommended for jazz and modern dancers?

Jazz and modern dance have their roots in ballet. Ballet is the base for all classical theater performance styles of dance which incorporate the language, movements, and technical steps. This can enhance a person’s performance including how one carries oneself on stage and build more strength.

Why is jazz recommended for hip-hop dancers?

Jazz helps to enhance your upper body and arms coordination and movement, which is essential for balance and finesse. Jazz technique is also used in theater choreography, and concert stage performance as seen in music videos and award shows.

How do I know what courses are appropriate for me to enroll in when I arrive?

Please call us to schedule a trial/evaluation class for dancers with previous experience, ages 9 and older. We can assist you with proper placement through a conversation with you prior to your arrival at the studio. A student’s age and experience are always helpful guides.  If you have previous experience and do not make it to a trial/evaluation class prior to the start of a session, your first class will be an evaluation class so we can place you where you will be both comfortable and challenged. If you have prior experience and it is your first time at the studio, we will recommend taking a placement class that is lower for a variety of reasons.  You may be unfamiliar with a teacher’s style. Classes may be harder than what you are accustomed to, and you might want to acclimate yourself to new surroundings. Other studios’ syllabuses are not identical to CCD nor are the class-level names the same.  

If you have not danced in many years, you will want to reintroduce your body and muscles slowly. Please consult us regarding the appropriate level for your evaluation.

What is the difference between preschool ballet, pre-ballet, and beginning ballet?

These classes are for our younger students and introduce them to music, dance, basic ballet vocabulary, and classroom etiquette while continuing to grow their imaginations.  A student should enroll in a class based on the student’s age by September 1st of the academic school year.  Preschool ballet is for ages 3-5; while pre-ballet is for ages 5-7; and beginning ballet is for ages 6-9.  Students stay on the same level for one to two full academic years, based on their gross motor skills development, focus, and maturity.

No trial/evaluation class is required.

How does one make-up a class?

You can take a class of the same level which you missed.  For example: If you missed your Beginning Ballet class you may take another Beginning Ballet on another day or a Beginning Jazz, Beginning Modern… please speak with your teacher for recommendations and call the front office for availability. A makeup class can also be taken virtually.

How can a dancer join the City Ballet of Cleveland?

We hold annual auditions in the spring. The dancers need to be an intermediate ballet level and at least 10 years of age. The dancers need to be an intermediate ballet level and at least ten years of age. The company has an apprentice level for those not at the intermediate level but interested in dancing more to build strength and self-confidence and to have other performing opportunities throughout the year.

Please visit the City Ballet of Cleveland for more information.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, we do offer private classes especially for students wishing to catch up to their peers’ level or wishing to have private coaching/training for a special performance or audition. Teachers will set their fee, which includes the cost for using the studio space.  Hourly prices start at $65 and go up to $100.  Semi-privates are an additional $10 per student. 

Privates are based on studio and teacher availability.

Why is there a dress code?

The dress code allows students to feel a sense of community, while being an individual in a team. This allows for fewer distractions so students can focus on their technique and stand out for their artistry and personality through their dancing. This discipline of dressing the part will help dancers feel like dancers.

Students are showing their teacher respect. If dressed in appropriately it shows you are not ready or prepared for class.

Where do I park?

You have two options.  

  • The south parking lot off Drexmore Rd. is available for free. We have a back entrance with a purple awning so you can come directly in versus walking around to the front via Dave’s. 
  • The front entrance on the square does have metered parking, only quarters can be used.

Do you offer scholarship programs at CCD?

Yes! We offer scholarship forms for young men and children ages 7-18. Fill out our forms below!

Scholarship Program for Young Men

Scholarship Program for Children 7-18

You mentioned the City Ballet of Cleveland. How can a dancer join?

We hold annual auditions in the Spring.  The dancers need to be an intermediate ballet level and at least ten years of age.  The company has an apprentice level for those not at the intermediate level but interested in dancing more to build strength and self-confidence and to have other performing opportunity throughout the year. Please visit the City Ballet of Cleveland website under Events.

When does CCD accept new registration?

We have three sessions at CCD. The Academic School year September through the end of May and two Summer sessions. Current students enroll during the Spring prior to the upcoming Fall academic school year. CCD holds auditions for new students as well as allowing students to take a trial class during the sessions for class placement. See registration process. You do want to register early as many classes fill to capacity before the start of the session.

Fall session (September through May) Early registration begins in April.
Summer session (June through mid-August). Early registration begins in March.

Can I enroll once a session has begun? What is the cut off date for registration?

Yes, we will place you in the appropriate class based on experience and age. However, we do suggest students begin at the start of a session as classes progress throughout the academic school year. Yes, there is a cut-off date for registration, however we will try to accommodate students based on availability. In 2020, we added the virtual classes option for those who wish to take class from home and when out of state.

Do you have boys in classes? Yes, currently we have boys ages 3 to 17.

They are currently enrolled in Boys’ ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip-hop. See 10 Reasons Why All Boys Should Dance.

It is not uncommon to have a few boys in dance classes. If you are concerned about your son being the only boy, sometimes it helps to have them ask a friend to join them to try the class together. We offer a boys’ only ballet classes on Fridays for ages 7-16 during the school year and in the summer we also offer a boys’ only camp.
Ballet originally began as a masculine art incorporating skills from fencing. Ballet skills and muscular development can be very supportive of sports. Dance also offers boys a sense of accomplishment, so they stand out from the crowd. Ballet is more difficult than competitive sports. The strength that is utilized must be concealed to appear effortless. Dance enables boys to increase their coordination and athletic strength for sports. For example: in basketball, the leg strength generated from dance offers greater power to jump higher to reach the basketball hoop. The agility from petite allegro (fast footwork) increases the speed required in all sports, especially to change one’s direction on the field.

Will I be the oldest in class?

Some courses for the younger classes are age specific. (Adults are not allowed to take children’s classes for ages 3-12.) Others will have a variety of ages based on physical
preparedness and mental maturity. We place students so they will be able to continually work on the basics as well as challenge themselves. If a student is placed in a level that is too advanced, they run the risk of injury as well as frustration, nor will they be strong enough for the strenuous nature of the level.

Can I take a free trial class?

We do not offer a free trial class. There is a trial rate fee of $25.  For some young students, it takes 4 –8 classes to become acclimated to the studio environment, feel the progression of a class, and make new friends.

Will you start a “waiting list” and how does that work?

Yes, we do have a waiting list option for classes. If classes do not have four registered students, one week prior to the semester then the class will be canceled.  Four people need to be registered for the entire semester for a class to begin.  This enables Cleveland City Dance to guarantee the teacher a class. In 2020, we began offering live streaming for all classes so you may train at home as well.

What if I do not see what I am looking for on your schedule?

Please tell us what sort of class(es) you are seeking.  We can start a waiting list and see if we have a teacher and a convenient studio time available.  The class will begin once we have at least four people registered.

May I observe class before enrolling?

Yes, we do have viewing windows for classes. We have parent observation several times a year and the final week of the summer semester.  During observation week,  students invite their families to sit in on class and get to know the teacher more. Please see our school calendar.

Once my child enrolls, am I allowed to watch them during class?

Yes,  the viewing windows are always open. We have parent observation several times a year and the final week of the summer semester.  During observation week students invite their families to sit in on class and get to know the teacher more. Please see our school calendar.

What do you recommend for my child who is not interested in ballet?

If your child has a great amount of energy and enjoys moving, we recommend several other options. There is Jazz & Tap Combo for 3-5-year-olds; beginning jazz and beginning tap for 6 years and up; or beginning hip-hop for students 7 and up.  These classes are fun with energetic music and offer a great cardiovascular workout.  Many children develop enjoyment for ballet, as they get older and want to build more strength and or aspire toward a career in dance.

What is jazz dance?

Jazz is based on the technical dance styles seen on Broadway and in the LA scene.  The training is based on a strong ballet background and emphasizes dynamic movements and  passionate acting skills. Jazz warm-up is without a ballet barre and it incorporates some familiar terminology from ballet in parallel emphasizing isolations, core strength, and flexibility. 


Students may start Beginning Jazz at age 6.

What type of hip-hop do you teach?

Hip-Hop adds urban moves to jazz technique in an energetic fast-paced setting as seen in music videos and on the live concert circuit incorporating acting with more “attitude”.  Students will learn fundamentals and strengthening techniques such as body isolations, breaks, and dynamic moves. Students may start Beginning Hip-Hop at age 7.

Why is ballet recommended for tap dancers?

Ballet helps to enhance your upper body and arms movement, which is essential to develop proper alignment, balance, and finesse. Ballet steps are used in tap as well.

How can I be certain my child is placed in the appropriate class level?

For dancers ages 9 and up with previous experience,  it is best to attend a trial/evaluation class prior to the start of a session for appropriate placement. When students enter the class at the beginning of a session, they are evaluated for class placement with various goals. We want to place a dancer to be challenged and grow as an individual. We also strive to promote the development of self-esteem.   

Please be assured that all our students’ progress is evaluated throughout the year.  If a class change is needed, we will notify you of the necessary change within two weeks of the academic school year.  Physical strength, maturity, focus, and discipline are considered when evaluating students. Our teachers are very experienced and know what is necessary to progress from one level to the next.  We take your child’s best interest to heart.

It is rare that a child is not mature and focused enough to participate in a structured classroom environment.  If a child is unwilling or unable to participate in the group setting or is distracting the class, we will speak with the parents to see if some activities can be implemented at home to assist their child.

When will I know it is time to progress to the next level?

Many students will remain in a class level for two to three (2-3) years. The lower-level students receive an evaluation prior to the end of school. This includes preschool ballet, pre-ballet, beginning ballet, and jazz & tap combo. The studio has evaluations at the end of each session for the Upper Division.

Summer students are evaluated at the end of the summer term.  Typically, the lower-level students will continue at the same level from summer to fall.  Upper-level students can grow quickly in the summer due to the accelerated program and will be placed accordingly.

You may request a conference with the teacher and director after the evaluations should you have any concerns or questions. 

Is there a performance at the end of the academic school year?

Yes, we have three shows.  The younger children ages 3-7 dance in an intimate setting at the school.  The annual Studio Spring Concert for the Upper Division has two shows, and the City Ballet of Cleveland show is in May at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. 

The lower-level classes, which include preschool ballet, pre-ballet, and jazz & tap combo, have free performances in May at the studio in an intimate and non-stressful setting.  The Company performs for the students for free at the end of the class presentation with a story ballet such as Alice in Wonderland, Carnival of the Animals, and Peter & the Wolf. 

There is no performance at the end of the summer semester.  The Level I, Level II, and the Intermediate/Advanced camp do have an opportunity to perform at the Saturday Open house at the end of the summer.

My child is serious about a career in dance. What do you recommend?

You will want to speak with the director, Courtney Laves-Mearini of CCD in person.  Once your dancer has been evaluated, we can discuss an accelerated program appropriate for your child according to their desire whether it is ballet, jazz, modern, musical theater, college, dancing for the cruise lines, or other commercial work.  Ballet is the basis for many of the dance art forms and should be considered even for those wishing to pursue musical theater.

Auditioning for the City Ballet of Cleveland, a501 (c) 3 non-profit ballet company, is an option for those who want the opportunity to perform with more frequency and are ready to devote more time to serious training involving additional weekly rehearsals.

What are the policies at CCD?

We have extensive financial, dress code, and studio general policies.  They are here on our website along with the annual calendar which are emailed at time of registration.

Can I purchase a class card and how does that work?

10-class cards are for adults only.  These cards cannot be used for beginning level classes, as consistency in classes is the key to progression and we do limit the class size. We recognize the need for flexibility with family and work schedules; however, a class card does not register you for a class nor hold your space in a class.  Class cardholders will not be able to take a closed/full class.  A class will be cancelled if there is NOT a minimum of four (4) individuals registered for the entire semester.

  • Class cards expire six months from date of purchase.
  • Semester discounts do not apply to class cards.
  • There are no refunds for unused class cards.

Do you teach social dances such as ballroom, tango, or salsa?

No, we do not offer ballroom, tango, or salsa dance classes. A Flamenco teacher is offering classes at Cleveland City Dance.

Do you offer a military discount?

Yes, $15 discount on monthly tuition.

Class schedules  in Cleveland, OH ❘ Cleveland City Dance

Class Schedules

Cleveland City Dance is now hybrid! Please take a look at our in-person and virtual program schedules for the 2021 dance year and reach out to us if you have any questions.

School policies  in Cleveland, OH ❘ Cleveland City Dance

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, please call the studio line 216-295-2222. If you gave your email address at registration, we will send out timely notices when possible.

If the Shaker Heights schools are closed, the classes prior to 3:00 PM will be canceled. Evening classes will be determined by road conditions and weather reports. Please call the studio line for updates.

As always we ask for parents and students to use their best judgment, as your safety is our chief concern during these times. For class make-up information, please refer to the CCD make-up policy.

We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at 216-295-2222 today!

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Lisa Kuhnen is a Cleveland native who has spent the past twenty years travelling the globe as a professional dancer and singer while making NYC her home.  She has danced at Carnegie Hall with Sarah McLachlan, sang for the Prince and Princess of Monaco with Andrea Boccelli, and appears in Jordan Matter's Dancers After Dark with Alan Cumming. She toured the Americas with the world renowned musical Cats and has taught musical theatre to children in Shanghai.  She has performed aboard the "Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Ever Built," the Regent Seven Seas Explorer as lead singer. Lisa is a certified personal trainer, a certified barre instructor and a full-time barre and cycle instructor for Lifetime Fitness in Beachwood.  She has taught students at New York's well-known professional dance studio, Steps on Broadway.  Here she was mentored by the world's best lyrical jazz teacher, Suzi Taylor.  Growing up in Cleveland, she was a student at Dennis Nahat's Cleveland Ballet and was trained in Cecchetti Method through grade 5. Lisa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University where she concentrated in dance.

Anthony began dancing at the age of 21 after suffering an injury while playing collegiate sports. In his 10+ years of dancing, Anthony has had the privilege of performing in numerous music videos and events all throughout the country. Anthony has been able to learn and study dance from training with inlet dance company, the Sarah Morrison dance company and by working with dancers such as Les Twins and now training with a California based crew called Kinjaz. After taking some time away to raise his now 2 year old son, Anthony is very excited to come back to teaching and being a part of the Cleveland city dance family!

Review From A Client of Anthony:

Hi! It’s Vicky here. As I wrote before I’m leaving Cleveland this week and won’t come anymore. Just wanna thank you for everything, your support and help with the portal. We still do paper back home and it was hard for me to do everything virtually. Thanks to the teachers and staff and I may say that Anthony has been the best hip hop teacher I had in Cleveland.

Thanks for everything and hope I can visit again and take some classes one day.

Michael, a New Jersey native, trained under the direction of John White and Margarita de Saa at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. While studying under John White and Margarita de Saa, he also had the privilege of working with choreographers Bryan Koulman and Lina Early performing a variety of classical, modern, and contemporary works. During Michael's time at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, he was involved in a small ensemble called Pages to Pirouettes. The ensemble’s purpose is to take storybook ballets, such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Cinderella, to grade schools in the entire Philadelphia area and teach school children about ballet and dance in general. Michael also spent several months studying at the Boston Ballet School prior to joining a professional company. Michael joined The Sarasota Ballet of Florida as an apprentice in 1999 and retired as a principle in 2008.

Including Sarasota Ballet's full repertoire, he performed many leading male roles including Lysander and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Siegfried, as well as Rothbart, in Swan Lake, Othello in Othello, and the Cavalier in the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. Michael also had the distinguished honor of portraying Don Jose in Alberto Alonso's Carmen, not only on stage but also in the documentary project Dancing in Freedom's Shoes portraying Alberto Alonso's illustrious life and career in ballet. Michael's contemporary repertoire includes many pieces by James Buckley including Business Casual, Centaur, The Rite of Spring, and Anne Frank. He also reset Mr. Buckley's Anne Frank on The Sarasota Ballet in January of 2006. In 2002, Michael had the honor of working with choreographer Christopher Fleming to celebrate the artist Jean Claude Gaugy’s's inspirational masterpiece 'The Awakening'. The work was revealed in Santa Fe, New Mexico to a ballet that reflected the artist's struggle to overcome impossible odds. Michael has received pedagogy training based upon the Vaganova Syllabus, which is the same syllabus he trained under at The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.

Amelia Foreman was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, and has been dancing since she
was ten. She had started out as a competitive gymnast. Amelia has trained in ballet,
contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pointe, lyrical, character jazz, musical theatre, acrobatics and
modern technique. Special skills include tumbling and training in Lyra. Amelia started dancing
at Academy of Dance, in Jacksonville, Fl. Her first two years of college, Amelia attended Florida
State College at Jacksonville, where she was in “danceWORKS” Repertory Company. She
graduated from Troy University, as a dance major of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Training includes the Florida Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Alonzo King Lines Ballet
summer intensives. She has danced with the Montgomery Ballet and is currently dancing with
Inlet Dance Theatre. She also participated in the DAP Festival and performed multiple times in
Italy. Amelia has taught at Academy of Dance, Dance 4 Life, The Company Performance Center,
Patti Rutland Jazz, the Montgomery Ballet, and other local dance and gymnastics studios.

Orlando Mercado (aka X-Factor) was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and moved to Cleveland
in 2008. Orlando has been dancing since he was 15 focusing on hip-hop training with multiple
instructors including former member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team Daisun Santana
(aka Bz Brooks). He continues to train and learn other forms of dance styles because he believes
dancers are limitless to what they can learn and do.

In 2010, Orlando and his dad Angel founded the dance group Evolution when Orlando was 15
and were awarded Best Dance Group of The Year by Cleveland Magazine. When 17 ,Evolution
competed in Ohio's Best Dance Crew taking second place overall. Evolution was together
through 2016, then Orlando founded Limitless in 2017. Orlando was part of the 2014 and 2015
downtown Cleveland New Year’s event. He has performed for Spanish artists Cosculluela, Plan
B, and Yomo, as well as Montel Jordan, Flo Rida, Biz Markie, MGK and Lil Jon, and local
artists local artists such as K. Davis, Bori Q, J Jigs, Jonathan El Romantico and many more.
Orlando x-factor continues performing throughout Ohio.

Orlando had the privilege to travel to Atlanta, Florida, and Chicago to teach master classes and
perform at multiple events and studios. He has taken classes with Alex Fetbroth, Laura Edwards,
Tony Tzar, Lee Daniel, Tony Bellissimo and Parris Goelbel who all have danced and
choreographed for celebrity artists such as Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and many more.
Since 2011 Orlando has worked as a professional dancer/entertainer including with the
Cleveland Cavaliers Scream Team and teaches at multiple studios winning awards and national
competitions. and local recreation centers in greater Cleveland.

Tami grew up in Mogadore, Ohio. Her performing career runs the gamut from musicals to classical theater to ballets to TV and film. Favorite performances include “The Bakkhai” with The Great Lakes Theater Festival and La Fille Mal Gardee as Widow Simone with The Hudson Valley Dance Theater in NY. Her choreography has been seen at The Tupperware Auditorium in Orlando, Fl and Town Hall Theater in NYC.
Tami started her dance training in Ellet with Pat Lewis, later studying at The Akron Fine & Performing Arts Center under Brad French, Suzanne Winland, and Kim Raines-Colton. She’s also studied with Carole Alexis, Tom Evert, Jeff Shade,and Mdme Peff Modelski among many others. Tami still takes class whenever she can.
Tami is certified in Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique®️.
Vivian is a current trainee with Inlet Dance Theatre who holds her BFA in dance and BSEd in exercise science from The Ohio State University. Her training is primarily in contemporary, jazz, tap, African, and ballet, as well as mat and reformer Pilates. She teaches dance and group fitness classes to children and adults and engages in dance science research in addition to her artistic practice. Using her dance and personal training background, Vivian weaves dance and science as the foundation of her work to guide others to find their love of movement through community-based practice.

Annette Gaetana Ellis graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a concentration in Modern, and a Minor in Business Management. Her dance background started in Classical Ballet and Circus Arts. Before her college career, Annette was One of Three Americans to represent the United States in the Geneè International Ballet Competition 2018 in Hong Kong. She also had the opportunity to perform on Broadway in the Actor’s Fund C.T.F.D 31st Jubilee directed by Anne Marie DeAngelo, Disney’s NYC Summer Stage, Brooklyn Art Museum’s Basquiat Exhibit, and was a member of Boston based company Mystique Illusions Dance Theatre. At Point Park she has had the opportunity to perform works by Kiesha Lalama, Rozanna Sweeny, Rocker Verastique, and Judith Leifer-Bentz. Annette also had the honor of being a choreographers assistant to professor Jason McDole and former Associate Artistic Director of Complexions, Jae Man Joo

Lydia is originally from Fullerton, CA, and began dancing at her mother’s studio when she was 3 years old. She attended summer intensives held by Marin Dance Theatre, Backhaus, Entity Contemporary Dance, and Cecchetti USA. From 2017-2022, Lydia taught contemporary and ballet classes and coached soloists at CF Dance Academy. She danced in and choreographed a variety of concept videos during Covid. Lydia danced with Emergent Dance Company, directed by Megan Pulfer, for their 2021 season before moving to Ohio. She trained with Inlet Dance Theater as an Apprentice from 2022-2023.