About

At Cleveland Modern Ballet, children shine on stage through our modern adaptations of classical ballets in two annual performances: "The Pop!Nutcracker” and a spring PopBallet! Some recent spring shows have included "Beauty and the Beast," told through the music of Lady Gaga & “King of the Pride,” an energetic interpretation of The Lion King, featuring the music of Flo Rida, Imagine Dragons, classic hits from the movie, & more! Last spring’s production of "The Little Mermaid," delighted audiences with an eclectic soundtrack of hits from ballets, operas, movies, & popular music.

For the students: CMB takes pride in creating soundtracks that expose children to a wide range of musical styles, and challenges them to develop theatrical skills alongside their dance technique.

For the parents: As opposed to traditional recitals, CMB strives to create shows that are artistic & entertaining by telling stories through our Pop!Ballets.

Here, your child will use dance to build strength and confidence. Through class activities and performance opportunities, she or he will have a creative outlet to develop artistry and experience the joy of dancing.

“Cleveland's best kept secret in the dance studio world!”

— Mr. Unangst

Artistic Director

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Jenni Hankey began her dance training at age four with New Castle Regional Ballet, where she had the opportunity to travel to festivals with Regional Dance America, a national association for pre-professional ballet companies.  She attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in Erie, PA and then received dance and academic scholarships to continue her dance education at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Later, she earned her degree from Ball State University, majoring in architecture and minoring in technical theater.  Currently, she teaches children and choreographs modern adaptations of  classical ballets at her company, Cleveland Modern Ballet. She started the school in 2011 in Bedford, OH (formerly known as Pulse Dance Studio) where she produces the annual, “Nutcracker Ballet,” as well as a summer pop-ballet, retelling beloved fairy tales through modern music and dance.  She also enjoys sewing costumes for her students and designing sets for her shows.  In addition to teaching, she also performs professionally in NE Ohio. Jenni has performed with Ohio Dance Theater and is currently working in her sixth season with MorrisonDance and her third season with North Pointe Ballet, performing as the Dewdrop in this December's Nutcracker at the Lorain Palace Theater!

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Jenni Hankey

Specializations
Ballet
Modern
Pointe
Pas de Deux
Choreography

With a background in classical ballet, Jenni has a passion for applying her experience to helping youth develop technique and artistry.

 
 

Past summer performances were a blast!

 

"King of the Pride"

A POP BALLET TOLD THROUGH A MUSIC MEDLEY.

PLAYLIST:

 

"Beauty & the Beast"

A POP BALLET TOLD THROUGH THE MUSIC OF

LADY GAGA

 
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