Open Classes for Adults & Teens

Dance for Everyone

Verb Ballets welcomes students wishing to study dance with its Dance For Everyone (DFE) Community Dance Program! These classes are specifically designed for ages 14 and up. We offer an array of ballet classes and barre strength. Classes are available for a variety of different ability levels from beginner to advanced. DFE classes are ongoing and register by a single class! Please make sure that you preregister for all classes at least one hour before your class is scheduled to begin to ensure we can facilitate a seamless, touchless check-in experience.

COVID Policy Update

At Verb Ballets, we are aware of the new masking guidelines from the CDC, as well as governor DeWine’s lifting of Ohio’s statewide COVID-19 restrictions on June 2nd, 2021. As of June 2, 2021 masks will be made OPTIONAL for our fully vaccinated students (ages 12+). We kindly ask that all unvaccinated individuals and all children under age 11 continue to wear a mask in-studio. Due to the increased rates of vaccination and low rates of transmission within our community, will also be lifting our class size capacity for adult classes effective immediately. We understand that everyone’s comfort levels vary. In addition to in-person classes livestream Zoom classes will continue to be available. All in-person classes will continue to implement enhanced health and safety procedures including temperature checks. Prior to entering the studio each student will be required to complete a contact tracing form that will include your email, phone number, address and emergency contact information.

Looking for children's classes?

Verb Ballets offers dance classes for ages 3 – 14 years old!

Affordable Class Pricing

All class registrations are online through Mindbody. Click on single class or class card to begin check out process. If you are new you will need to set up a create a profile through Mindbody. To ensure contactless registration we we are not able to accept cash or checks at this time. Exclusive discount available for Shaker Heights residents. New Shaker Heights students please create a account on Mindbody with your name and zip code then email to have discount unlocked.

Please note that all class passes expire two years from the date of purchase, and note dates of closure for our studios.

To enter the studio you are required to sign a COVID-19 Contact Tracing Policy.

Class Schedule both in studio and online

Verb Ballets is happy to offer both in studio small classes and online Zoom classes.  Please make sure that you preregister for all classes at least 24 hours before the start of class to ensure we can facilitate a seamless, touchless check-in experience.

Dance for Everyone Teachers

Meet the teachers of the Dance For Everyone Program.

Richard Dickinson, MFA

Associate Artistic Director and Teacher

A former dancer with Ohio Ballet Dickinson’s association with that company began in 1988. He later became ballet master and director of company touring.  Dickinson was also a soloist with Boston Ballet for eight years. At age fifteen, he joined the Pasadena Dance Theatre and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Choreographer Award for a work premiered by the same company. He performed in the PBS television production of “Frankie and Johnny” with the Chicago Ballet. and danced principal roles in Asian, European and American tours with Rudolf Nureyev and the Boston Ballet. In addition to his professional work, Dickinson had an extensive dance career including principal and soloist roles at Chicago Ballet, Honolulu City Ballet and various regional companies. Previously, he served as Artistic Associate for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve, Great Lakes Festival Ballet, Chamber Dance Theatre. He has also directed Boston Ballet II and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University.

Christina Lindhout

School Coordinator and Teacher

Christina Lindhout, from Mansfield, Ohio, started training in dance at the age of five at Opus II Dance Studio under the direction of Hellie Schussler. She became a member of Opus II’s pre-professional company, Ashland Regional Ballet, in middle school and remained with them through high school. She spent summers training at the Orlando Ballet School, Magnus Midwest, American Ballet Theatre, and BalletMet Columbus. Upon graduating magna cum laude from high school, Christina accepted a traineeship at BalletMet under the direction of Edward Liang. While at BalletMet, she had the opportunity to perform in many professional works with the company, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Symphony in C, and Carousel. Christina was a dancer with Verb Ballets.

Kelly Korfhage

Dancer and Teacher

Kelly Korfhage, a native of Cleveland, began her training at age 10 under Joanne H. Morscher and Ana Lobe. She attended summer intensives at ABT Detroit, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, BalletMet, Cincinnati Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She furthered her dance education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music as a Corbett Award scholarship recipient, and graduated cum laude with a BFA in ballet performance. Following graduation, Kelly became a member of Kansas City Ballet’s second company, KCB2, for two seasons where she had the opportunity to perform with the company in repertoire such as Septime Webre’s Alice (In Wonderland) and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. Kelly joined Verb Ballets in 2016 and has been featured in works such as Andante Sostenuto and Schubert Waltzes.

Antonio Morillio

Dancer and Teacher

Antonio Morillo is from Orlando, Florida. He received his Associate of Arts in Dance Performance from Valencia College and his BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Antonio has performed with the Patel Conservatory’s Next Generation Ballet as well as Tampa City Ballet. He has performed works by Jon Lehrer, José Limón, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Maurice Causey. Antonio joined Verb Ballets in 2016 and has been featured in such works as Andante Sostenuto and Aposiopesis.

Ashley Forche

Trainee and Teacher

Originally from Pickerington, Ohio, Ashley received her dance training from BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. She has trained with several other companies including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Orlando Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and BalletMet. In December 2019, Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business from Belmont University. Professional experience includes traineeships with Nashville Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet. Works she has performed include The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Ashley is very excited and honored to be joining Verb Ballets as a trainee this season!

Alexis Britford

Teacher

Alexis Britford, originally from Columbus, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school Classical Ballet program and has a BFA, summa cum laude, in Dance Performance from Wright State University. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company (DCDC2) and upon graduation was promoted to the professional company, where she enjoyed seven seasons touring both domestically and internationally. Ms. Britford was also a company member of GroundWorks DanceTheater for two seasons. As an independent artist, Ms. Britford performed with Lula Washington Dance Theater, Neos Dance Theatre and returned to her alma mater, Wright State University, as an adjunct in the dance department. She has been performing and teaching professionally for over 13 years.

Pavia Lewis

Barre Strength Teacher

Pavia Lewis has immersed herself in barre and Pilates for over 20 years. In 2017 she participated in an intensive training with barre expert Fred Devito and became an Exhale-certified barre instructor. Pavia is known for being extremely responsive to her students’ individual needs, providing expert accommodations for injuries, physical limits, and pregnancy. Modifications are provided for every level of student, keeping all of Pavia’s classes welcoming and fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask?

All individuals including guests and teachers who enter will be required to wear masks at all times. Please read our Health and Safety Policy here.

Do I need to preregister for class?

Yes, everyone must register for class online 24 hours prior to the start of class. Cash and checks will not be accepted at this time.

Why do I need to sign a Contact Tracing Policy?

To ensure the safety of all guests and staff prior to entering the studio each student will be required to complete a contact tracing form that will include your email, phone number, address and emergency contact information.

Where are you located?

In The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights.

Is there parking?

Yes! We have a free parking lot on the north side of The Dealership Building, connecting directly to the Verb Ballets studio door.

What should I wear?

Whatever you want! Athletic wear, sweats, or a leotard and tights-whatever makes you feel comfortable and ready to dance! Certain more advanced ballet classes do require ballet slippers, but for Beginning and New to Ballet classes socks are just fine! For yoga, please use bare feet.

Will I need a water bottle?

YES! Having water on hand is encouraged during every class you take with us. Feel free to keep your water bottle next to you in the studio for a quick sip whenever you need it!

Still have a question? Shoot us an email and we’ll get back to you!