Open Dance Classes for Teens and Adult

As of July 1st the Dance for Everyone class rates will be increased by $1. Stock up now and purchase a 10 class pass for $120. Class cards do not expire and are available in studio from the DFE teachers through June 30th. Offer good for a maximum of 3 cards per person. 
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Verb Ballets + Body EDT at DanceWorks 2017

Returning from its two week international tour to Taiwan, Verb Ballets features a shared program with Taiwanese dance company BodyEDT for DanceWorks 2017 presented by Cleveland Public Theatre. Verb Ballets' presents a dynamic evening of works by company dancers Michael Hinton and Antonio Morillo. Lee Ming-Cheng, Artistic Director and Creator of Body Expressions Dance Theatre (BodyEDT) will present the United States premiere of Initial- Space Starting combining movement with installations, digital, technology, and instrumental music.
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Verb Ballets First International Tour to Taiwan 

Verb Ballets embarked on their first international tour to Taiwan April 10-April 24, 2017 through the support of the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program. During the two week tour, the company will reunite with choreographer Lee Ming-Cheng and Taiwanese dance company, BodyEDT. The two dance companies will then perform a shared program at the National Theatre & Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan for four performances running April 21-23, 2017. While on tour, the dancers will be conducting outreach in local schools. 
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Cheers to 30 Years! Verb Ballets Benefit Party at Historic Calfee Building 

Come dance the night away and celebrate Verb Ballets’ big 3-0 Birthday on Saturday, May 20, 2017! Party in style with music, dancing and delicious food stations by Trifles Catering plus a special performance by Verb Ballets. Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP have opened the doors to their Cleveland headquarters in the historic building, now known as The Calfee Building, on the corner of East Sixth Street and Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The benefit party will take place in the breathtaking two-story atrium with a balcony that overlooks the beautifully restored marble and stone two-story grand lobby and mezzanine.  This exquisite building is on the National Register of Historic Places and combines elegance of early 20th century Cleveland architecture, with the efficiency and technology of the 21st century.   Read More...

Verb Ballets 30th Anniversary Celebration Performance 

Verb Ballets launches its year long 30th Anniversary celebration! Over the years the company’s style has evolved and garnished praise and enthusiasm from audiences and critics alike. This extraordinary evening of programming on March 25th showcases a rich and powerful assortment of works within the Verb Ballets repertoire along with exciting new premieres. Featured will be the new ballet, Appropriated Memories, by Anthony Krutzkamp that melds classical form with innovation to create fresh contemporary movement. A highlight of the show will be the company premiere of the Don Quixote Grand Pas de Deux, staged by dance legend Laura Alonso, Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Artist: Cuba Edition.  Read More...

Verb Ballets' Carnival of the Animals Family Matinee

Verb Ballets announces a family matinee performance of The Carnival of the Animals on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm. This ballet is perfect for younger children and will bring a whimsical menagerie of animals to life. Verb Ballets’ Associate Director and choreographer, Richard Dickinson, has taken the music of Camille Saint-Saens to tell the story through movements inspired by the animals. The animals learn to appreciate each other’s differences as the beautiful Swan teaches lessons in friendship and acceptance of others who might be different from ourselves.
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Dance Legend Laura Alonso coaches dancers in Cuban Ballet Method 

It is with honor that Verb Ballets hosts dance legend Laura Alonso for a two month residency through The Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion: Cuba Edition. Laura Alonso, is the daughter of world famous Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso and herself a renowned ballet teacher with a 25-year career performing with Ballet Nacional de Cuba.  
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Verb Ballets' Producing Artistic Director to attend IABD Conference and Audition

Verb Ballets' Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, is attending the 29th Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance (IABD) for “Boundless Excellence in Dance,” honoring dance industry trailblazer Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The conference and festival takes place January 25 - 29, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

Verb Ballets is a member of IABD. More than 700 participants worldwide are expected to attend the 29th Annual International Conference and Festival in Dallas. The conference and festival is filled with master classes, lecture/demonstrations, panels, workshops, performances and auditions. Carlson will be attending the multi-company audition for professionals conducted by the founding and member companies of IABD. Verb Ballets is seeking male and female dancers for the 17-18 season. Read More...

Verb Ballets heads to Cuba

Verb Ballets is honored to be a participant in The Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion: Cuba Edition. Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director, Richard Dickinson MFA, Associate Director, and Dianne McIntrye, master choreographer, will in Cuba from January 7-14, 2017. Together they will travel with The Cleveland Foundation to participate in historic arts and community engagement projects through the Creative Fusion international artist residency program. This kicks off Verb Ballets' international two month residency program with famous dance legend, Laura Alonso.  Read More...

Creative Fuion: Cuba Edition

The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion international artist residency program will bring a group of Cuban artists to Cleveland this spring for a cultural exchange with local artists and the Greater Cleveland community. The multidisciplinary cohort includes internationally celebrated artists showcasing the best in architecture, design, printmaking, photography/mixed media, the written word, ballet and modern dance. Verb Ballets will bring artist Laura Alonso, daughter of world famous Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso to Cleveland for a residency in February and March 2017. Read More...

Ballet UpClose in-studio Series on January 27, 2017

Join Verb Ballets for an in-studio performance on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:00pm. The Ballet UpClose series provides an intimate experience and brings an educational perspective into the artistry and work that goes into producing dance on the stage. Read More...

Verb Ballets dancer selected to premiere work at Next@Graham in NYC

A new work by Verb Ballets dancer, Antonio Morillo, was selected by the Martha Graham Company for the Next@Graham Studio Series. The company will debut the work on January 4, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Graham Studio Theater in NYC.  Six other national companies and Graham Alumni, Pascal Rioult/RIOULT Dance NY will appear on the program. This series is the latest addition to the dynamic Martha Graham Studio Series curated by Tadej Brdnik which showcases the work of Graham Family and Graham Alumni. The application process was opened world wide and Morillo’s work plus six other Graham Alumni Artists/Companies including Ariel Rivka Dance, Hyphen/Catherine Cabeen, Karlie Budge, MMC Dance Company, Nimbus Dance Works, and SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble were selected. 
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Choreography Intensive Aimed to Inspire Professional Dancers  

Maurya Kerr, San Francisco-based choreographer, educator and former dancer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, will start the new year with Verb Ballets in the continuation of the Choreography Intensive. Funded through the generosity of the Ohio Arts Council, Verb Ballets will host nationally recognized artists to teach workshops in choreography, dance and technology. The Choreography Intensive is an initiative inspiring professional dancers to consider extending their careers through choreography. These professional development workshops are designed to further their education in the field of choreography.  
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Verb Ballets Winter Masterclass Workshop

Verb Ballets is excited to offer a Masterclass Workshop on Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th at Verb Ballets Studio in Shaker Heights. Classes will be taught by professionals Pamela Pribisco, Richard Dickinson, Antwon Duncan, Aseelah Shareef and Kelly Korfhage.  Read More...

Verb Ballets' Director to attend reception with British Ambassador to the United States

Verb Ballets' Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson, is attending the Vice-Chancellor's Reception with Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador to the United States, in Washington DC on December 7, 2016. Carlson received her doctorate from Durham University in the United Kingdom. It is with tremendous honor that Carlson will be representing Verb Ballets as an alumni at this event. The evening will be a unique opportunity for Carlson to meet with fellow alumni and friends of the University from across the US, including leading members of the North American development boards. Read More...

The Nutcracker presented by Ohio Dance Theatre in collaboration with Verb Ballets

A holiday tradition returns when Ohio Dance Theatre in collaboration with Verb Ballets present The Nutcracker at the Stocker Arts Center running December 16-18, 2016. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. From the elaborate party scene to the lavish grace of the Dew Drop Fairy, the full stage production is sure to enchant audiences of all ages. 
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Verb Ballets Hosts Choreography Intensive with nationally recognized artists Sydney Skybetter, Maurya Kerr, Rosalind Newman and Jared Bendis 

For the dance art-form to sustain and renew itself, talented dancers need encouragement and training to step into the role of choreographer, yet there are few structured means to pursue that path. Verb Ballets enters into the company's 30th Anniversary Season and will build on its mission of artistic excellence and exemplary community engagement with the Choreography Intensive Project. Funded through the generosity of the Ohio Arts Council, Verb Ballets will host nationally recognized artists Sydney Skybetter, Maurya Kerr, Rosalind Newman and Jared Bendis to teach workshops in choreography, dance and technology.   Read More...

Verb Ballets to offer Back to School Dance Intensive

Verb Ballets is excited to offer a Back to School Dance Intensive on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Verb Ballets' Studio in Shaker Heights. This dance intensive includes classes in ballet, pointe and Spanish Dance. Classes will be taught by professionals Pamela Pribisco and Saundra Bohl. Open to all dancers ages 10+ who would like to attend from local studios, colleges or community. Read More...

Global investment firm creates fund to invest in Verb Ballets' talent workforce

Verb Ballets is proud to announce the new Shah Capital Aspiring Dancer Fund. The award is designed to provide support for a dancer each year and a long-term sustainable source of funding for Verb Ballets. Shah Capital is proud to invest in talented dance professionals in the workforce. For the 2016-17 season the award is granted to Antonio Morillo, a first generation Cuban-American, who moved to Cleveland to join Verb Ballets for his first season as a professional dancer. Read More...

Verb Ballets Brings Diverse Styles to NEO this Summer

Verb Ballets showcases dynamic programming this summer through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. The company will debut this summer at the Akron Art Museum Bud and Susie Rogers Garden Opening on July 16, 2016, Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival at Hardesty Park on July 29 & 30, 2016 and at Tremont’s Arts in August on August 13, 2016. Read More...

Adult community dancers share their love of dance with seniors

A group compromised of nine adults over age forty have rekindled an appreciation of dance and want to share their love of movement with local seniors. The AdVerb Project, a community extension of Verb Ballets, is a group comprised of local adults taking ballet classes at the Verb Ballets studio in Shaker Heights. The AdVerb Project developed out of adult learners looking to experience what it is like to be a professional dancer and to learn to perform. In an effort to give back to the community The AdVerb Project will be performing for seniors at local nursing homes over the next five weeks. Read More...

Verb Ballets Dance Intensive in Akron on June 18th

AKRON, OH - Verb Ballets is excited to offer a Summer Intensive on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at The University of Akron. This dance intensive includes classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop. Classes will be taught by professionals Pamela Pribisco, Omar Humphrey, Stephaen Hood and Jimmy Kichler. Open to all dancers ages 10+ who would like to attend from local studios, colleges or community.   Read More...

Verb Ballets Partners with Jewish Family Service to Present a Free Wellness Program for Seniors

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. In partnership with Jewish Family Services the movement program will go into two different senior living facilities including Portage Lakes / Kiwanis Towers and Center Towers on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. In addition, Verb Ballets will come in to Portage Lakes / Kiwanis Towers and perform for the seniors on Thursday, May 13th. Verb Ballets is honored to partner with Jewish Family Services to engage seniors in the community while nurturing wellness and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement.
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Verb Ballets and the Akron Art Museum are Proud to Present a New Wellness Program for Seniors

AKRON, OH - Moving Connections, a wellness program of Verb Ballets, is a movement workshop designed for the senior community to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. In partnership with The Akron Art Museum the program will be hosted in different galleries, giving participants a chance to take in the collection of the museum. In addition, museum has arranged an education component to provide a brief gallery talk on the art. Verb Ballets is honored to partner with The Akron Art Museum to engage seniors in the community while nurturing wellness and providing innovative and inspiring opportunities for people to engage the arts.
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Verb Ballets Brings Joy of Movement to Welcome Nursing Home

Verb Ballets has been providing the Moving Connections program for over 10 years, and recently received a grant from the Ohio Arts Council Creative Aging Ohio Initiative to expand the program into a tri county area in Northeast Ohio. In partnership with Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin Verb Ballets will provide weekly movement classes for residents. In addition, Verb Ballets will come in to Welcome Nursing Home and perform for the seniors on Thursday, May 12th at 2:00pm. Read More...

Verb Ballets fulfills wish of 5 year old heart transplant recipient to become a ballerina in production of Peter Pan

Verb Ballets and A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter (ASW) are working together to make Hope’s dream of becoming a ballerina come true. Hope was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. After a long recovery she is doing amazingly. Choreographer Pamela Pribisco has created a new role for her in the upcoming production of Peter Pan to make Hope's dream of performing on stage come true. Read More...

Verb Ballets announces the American premiere of Peter Pan 

Verb Ballets is excited to announce the American premiere of Peter Pan choreographed by Pamela Pribisco. This ballet was created in Europe and will delight all ages with the enchanting tale of Peter Pan. The production includes the professional dancers of Verb Ballets and over 30 children from the Greater Cleveland and Akron area. The ballet features custom backdrops created in Geneva, Switzerland. Read More...

Verb Ballets Tribute to Heinz Poll 

Verb Ballets will honor the 90th anniversary of the birth of celebrated choreographer Heinz Poll, founder of Ohio Ballet, with an evening-length concert of his work at the Akron Civic Theatre on February 19, 2016 at 8:00pm. Verb Ballets will showcase a panorama of Poll’s work commemorating the diversity of his choreographic style and honoring his enduring legacy in Northeast Ohio and the dance world.  
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Ballet Up-Close Studio Showcase

Join Verb Ballets to kick off an exciting Winter season with a studio viewing on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:00pm. The evening will feature an up-close view of pieces that just toured to NYC plus excerpts from works of Heinz Poll, founder of Ohio Ballet, for the upcoming Akron Civic tribute show. The Adverb Project, a group comprised of adults taking our community dance classes, will make an appearance with a new ballet. Stay afterwards for a dessert and coffee reception with the dancers. Read More...

Audition Notice for Child Dancers in Verb Ballets' production of Peter Pan

Audition on Sunday, January 10, 2016 2:30pm at the Dance Institute

Verb Ballets is looking to cast up to 30 children to play a wide range of dancing and acting roles in the new ballet Peter Pan. The audition will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Dance Institute at Guzzetta Hall in The University of Akron.  Verb Ballets will premiere Peter Pan choreographed by Pamela Pribisco (former principal with Cleveland Ballet) presented by Children's Concert Society at The Akron Civic Theatre April 6-7, 2016.  Read More...

Denise Gula's, The Nutcracker presented by Ohio Dance Theatre in collaboration with Verb Ballets

A holiday tradition returns, when Ohio Dance Theatre presents Denise Gula's full-length, The Nutcracker, in collaboration with Verb Ballets. The beloved ballet, including new costumes, set pieces and choreography tells the wondrous story of the magical journey through a young girl’s imagination. Don't miss the performances of The Nutcracker at the Stocker Arts Center Hoke Theatre at Lorain County Community College, running December 18-20, 2015. Read More...

Verb Ballets, Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson invited as a panelist at Creating and Maintaining Wellness in Performing Artists Conference 

Verb Ballets, Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson invited as a panelist at Creating and Maintaining Wellness in Performing Artists Conference 

The Cleveland Clinic in conjunction with the Performing Arts Medicine Association presents Creating and Maintaining Wellness in Performing Artists on November 20-21, 2015. The conference is for all professionals who provide or are interested in care and training for performing artists. Verb Ballets, Producing Artistic Director, Dr. Margaret Carlson was honored to be invited as a panelist speaking on creating a culture of wellness in performing arts institutions. Read More...

Verb Ballets uses kinesthetic learning to teach literacy

Verb Ballets has partnered with Onaway Elementary School in Shaker Heights for a “Literacy Through Dance”, a dance and movement education residency program for all pre-kindergarten through first grade students. Based on Verb Ballets’ successful WiggleWords program and connects to Ohio Learning Standards in English/Language Arts, Physical Education and Dance.   During October 2015 Verb Ballets will work with pre-kindergarten through first grade classes for a four-week residency. Read More...

5-year Old A Special Wish Foundation Wish Child Becoming "Ballerina For The Day" Thanks to Verb Ballets

Verb Ballets is teaming up with A Special Wish Foundation to make 5-year old Hope Wodzisz a “Ballerina for the Day” on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Hope was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and received new heart with some scary post-surgery moments. Sunday morning Hope will join the dancers of Verb Ballets at PlayhouseSquare for class. Read More...

Verb Ballets Annual Meeting

Verb Ballets’ annual meeting will be hosted on Friday, October 30, 2015 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Parish Hall behind the mirrors at the Verb studio. The meeting will include a report on the activities of the organization over the past year. Please RSVP for the Annual Meeting to info@verbballets.org or 216-397-3757. 
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Verb Ballets to perform in PlayHouse Square Dance Showcase

Join PlayhouseSquare for the annual celebration of dance featuring a selection of Northeast Ohio’s finest dance companies on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 7:00pm. This year’s showcase will include performances by Antaeus Dance, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland State University Dance Company, Inlet Dance Theatre, MorrisonDance, Neos Dance Theatre, Travesty Dance Group and Verb Ballets. Admission is FREE but tickets are required. Read More...

Verb Ballets and Ohio Dance Theatre Form a Cross-County Strategic Alliance 

Verb Ballets and Ohio Dance Theatre Form a Cross-County Strategic Alliance  
Together will grow classical ballet and contemporary dance in Northeast Ohio 

Verb Ballets and Ohio Dance Theatre are pleased to form a new cross-county strategic alliance for the 2015-16 season. Verb Ballets and Ohio Dance Theatre, based in Lorain County, will work in partnership to sustain and grow classical ballet and contemporary dance in Northeast Ohio by presenting a high quality product through an increase in resources and talent. The two professional organizations will work in  partnership for the production of Denise Gula's, The Nutcracker at the Stocker Arts Center running December 18-20, 2015. The two organizations will maintain independent 501c3 and work in partnership to maximizing work opportunities for dancers regionally in Ohio.

About Verb Ballets:    
Verb Ballets, Northeast Ohio’s premiere ballet company, is proud to present the artistry of emerging choreographers paired with classic balletic works that have moved audiences for decades. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, critics have hailed Verb Ballets as, “Dashes preconceptions ...with keen dramatic power.” - The Plain Dealer, "(Verb) is dance magnifique.” - The Examiner, “confident and polished, the Verb’s dancers shone” - Dance International Magazine.  Verb Ballets connects with the community in meaningful ways to develop appreciation for dance through performances and outreach programs that promote learning and nurture wellness. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch. 
 
Website: www.verbballets.org   
Facebook: www.facebook.com/verbballets   
Twitter: @verbballets   
Instagram: @verbballets   
   
Contact: Jen Garlando- Community Engagement - Verb Ballets   jgarlando@@verbballets.org   
 
About Ohio Dance Theatre:  
Ohio Dance Theatre celebrates its 24th year as a professional ballet based company that presents works with a strong theatrical element. Ohio Dance Theatre’s artistic goal is to encourage the growth and support of dance through the presentation of exceptional performances, instruction and educational programs that enhance the community’s quality of life. Ohio Dance Theatre receives operational support from The Ohio Arts Council, Nord Family Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, The Stocker Foundation and the Nordson Corporation Foundation.  
 
Website: www.ohiodancetheatre.org  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ohiodancetheatre   

Verb Ballets returns to Tremont’s Arts in August 

Verb Ballets is honored to perform at Arts in August on Saturday, August 15, 2015 for their west side summer appearance. This free community performance will feature new repertory and audience favorites to be appreciated by both new audience members and dance enthusiasts. Guests are invited to bring blankets and/or a chair. Performance will start at 8:30pm. 
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Verb Ballets 2015 Summer Appearances

Verb Ballets, Northeast Ohio’s premiere ballet company announces its 2015 summer appearances. Verb Ballets is proud to present a season that highlights the artistry of emerging choreographers paired with classic balletic works that have moved audiences for decades. Verb Ballets is honored to appear at free outdoor summer performances at the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival at Hardesty Park on August 7 & 8, 2015 and at Tremont’s Arts in August on August 15, 2015.   
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Ballet Master Class with Daniel Precup  

Join Verb Ballets on July 16, 2015 for an exclusive ballet master class taught by Ballet Master and principal dancer for Ballet Tuscon, Daniel Precup at the studio located at 3445 Warrensville Center Rd. Shaker Hts, OH 44122. This evening program beginning at 6:00pm includes ballet class with Daniel Precup followed by pas de deux class with Verb Ballets dancers. These classes are recommended for all students ages 12+ and are open to all dancers who would like to attend from local studios, colleges or community. Read More...