Review the policies for our dance school.

Financial Responsibilities:

Workshop & Production Fees: Audition workshops are $180: $20 for each dance class day (Mon/Tues/Wed totaling $60) & $120 for the “Production Fee.” This production fee covers costume use and gives you 10 ($12) tickets to then sell (or gift) to friends & family. If you sell all 10 tickets, you make back your production fee!

Tuition: Tuition & fees are non-refundable. You are registering for a FULL SEMESTER of classes. You may pay for the semester in full, or in evenly divided monthly payments, due by the 15th of the month:

  • Fall semester is 12 weeks, Aug. through Dec. -  divided into 3 payments - due on Sept. 15th, Oct. 15th, & Nov. 15th.
  • Spring semester is 16 weeks, Jan. through Jun. - divided into 4 payments - due on Feb. 15th, Mar. 15th, Apr. 15th, & May 15th.

If you forget to send a check with your child, you can always make a payment online at Late payments will be charged a $15 late fee. If a payment is still not received by the end of the month, the student will not be permitted to attend class until their account is caught up. If their account is 30 days past due, the student may be removed from that semester’s performance.

CMB Dancer Expectations

Class/Rehearsal Attire: All dancers should come to EVERY CLASS & REHEARSAL in dress code. This includes nude tights, leotard (any color), nude ballet shoes, & hair in a bun. Ballet skirts or form-fitting shorts may be worn. Warm-up attire (legwarmers, sweaters, etc.) may be worn over tights and leotards at the beginning of class. Boys should wear form-fitting, solid-colored tops and bottoms with nude ballet shoes.

Attendance: It is expected that every cast member attend every class & rehearsal. Conflicts that were noted on audition forms or emailed may or may not be excused. If you will miss MORE THAN TWO rehearsals, your role may be in jeopardy. It is CMB’s mission to teach children what it takes to become a professional performer. Commitment and dedication are essential in this very competitive industry. We, of course, understand that children are not yet professionals, but we intend on upholding a professional atmosphere and will not cater to those who are not committed to their dance training. We have very little rehearsal time and each day is important. Please make rehearsals and technique classes a priority.

ATTENDANCE EACH NIGHT OF TECH WEEK AND EVERY PERFORMANCE IS MANDATORY. Please check choir concert, band concert, and exams schedules as soon as possible to confirm your ability to participate. Tech/performance week for Nutcracker 2018 will be Dec. 3rd-8th & the spring tech/show (tbd) is tentatively set for June 3rd-8th.

At-home review: Choreography and lessons often aren’t retained in busy dancers’ minds from week-to-week. Sometimes, rehearsal choreography will be posted in the Facebook group or on the website. Home review is an incredibly useful tool, so please take advantage and review choreography, especially if you are absent from a rehearsal.

Closed rehearsals: All classes & rehearsals are closed, which means parents, family and friends are not permitted into the studio to watch. This is to ensure we have a quiet, distraction-free environment for the dancers. We have tried open classes before, and it was too distracting. If you’d really like to see your child’s progress in class, email us and we'd be happy to discuss options.

Attitude: It is very important to CMB staff that each dancer has a positive experience, regardless of what part they have. Every dancer needs to come to rehearsal with a positive attitude, open mind, and do their part to contribute to the friendly atmosphere.

Volunteering: As a small non-profit, we rely on the help of volunteers. Please help us continue to provide these opportunities for your children by signing up for a volunteer position for our performances! We can’t do it without you and appreciate your support!

Note from the director: As a small company, I do not yet have the capability to maintain regular office hours. I will do my best to answer all questions & concerns, but please be patient & understand that I cannot have lengthy conversations during class & rehearsal time with parents. As one class is ending, another is scheduled to start and I cannot take that time away from students who are waiting to learn. The best way to contact me is by email: You can also text or call me at 216-414-4359 - Mon/Wed/Fri 10am-4pm is best. We have a Facebook page where I post studio news, as well as a “studio group page” where you can ask other studio parents & kids questions. This is a great resource we can all use: (A link to the group is here too.) Thanks for understanding!

Feel free to take a pic of these terms if you'd like to retain a copy for yourself!

A few notes about our school:

  • Cleveland Modern Ballet is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization. Your tuition/fees/merchandise purchases are invested back into the organization to keep ballet growing in our community and create better opportunities for our students!
  • Sibling tuition is always 50% off and parents dance free, to encourage active, healthy families!
  • Costumes are provided for all students to use during performances.
  • Pointe work requires at least 2 classes/week to gain the necessary strength and is typically for girls ages 11 & up. This class is invite only.