Cleveland City Dance

  • Cleveland City Dance
  • Cleveland City Dance
  • Cleveland City Dance
  • Cleveland City Dance


I love the diversity of our area and the sense of community that fills our lives via involvement in the arts.


Cleveland City Dance (CCD) has been offering dance education in Cleveland since 1965. The 501 (c)(3) non-profit pre-professional City Ballet of Cleveland for aspiring dancers ages 10-21 is in residence and students may audition to be members and perform twice a year.

Alex Martin founded Cleveland City Dance in 1965 with subsequent owners including Amy Kekst, Paul Wilson and Linda Adolphi-Wilson. Courtney J. Laves-Mearini took the reins in 2004 and relocated CCD to Shaker Square in April 2008.

Cleveland City Dance nurtures dancers’ passions and talents in inspiring and structured professional dance classes with patient and experienced teachers. Students learn proper technique to grow as healthy, well-rounded individuals. All students progress in a caring, inspiring, and supportive atmosphere to reach their greatest potential while building confidence, self-awareness, artistry and poise. Through the disciplined focus and training, dancers have the skills to be successful and motivated to pursue their dreams not only in dance but in many other fields including medicine, science, engineering, teaching and more!

Through auditions, serious dancers perform with City Ballet of Cleveland for the “Uniquely Cleveland Nutcracker”, Annual Spring Concerts and Festivals and perform for area school, hospitals and nursing homes. Dancers have attended prestigious summer intensive workshops, received numerous scholarships and many are now pursuing careers with professional ballet companies and dance companies worldwide.


Location: 13108 Shaker Square Cleveland, Ohio 44120, Cuyahoga County
Type of Industry: Dance Studio, specializing in ballet and pre-professional development
Products/Services: Dance classes for ages 3 to 78, Performance opportunities including those with the City Ballet of Cleveland, highly qualified instructors who teach in a supportive and encouraging manner
Number of Current Employees: 19
Year Company Started: 1965

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