The Cleveland Ballet

The Cleveland Ballet

Cleveland Ballet branding by Sampson/Carnegie.


The original Cleveland Ballet Company decided to move from Cleveland to San Jose and close its doors to Cleveland in 2000. This was devastating to the artistic integrity of Cleveland. This was a huge loss for our great city, but what remained behind after the company moved was Gladisa Guadalupe. Immediately after the sudden departure of the Cleveland Ballet, she opened Cleveland School of Dance.

It was her intention from that moment to eventually re-establish a resident professional ballet company back in Cleveland.

Gladisa Guadalupe was part of the original Cleveland Ballet. She was principal dancer, classically trained and she danced all over the world. Having worked and performed with Balanchine, she earned her stripes and learned first hand the simple yet powerful pearls of Balanchine wisdom that would change her life and determine her future.   In the simple words of Balanchine, “…but first a School,” Gladisa continued her life’s work here in Cleveland, eventually opening the School of Cleveland Ballet. Teaching classical ballet to countless students over 15 years, she worked tirelessly toward someday re-establishing a professional resident ballet company in our great city. She established Cleveland Ballet Youth Company as a distinguished pre-professional youth company that provides dancers with the opportunity to perform classical ballet works as well as exciting cutting-edge contemporary choreography.

In 2015, Cleveland Ballet will make its debut appearance.


Cleveland Ballet website design by Sampson/Carnegie.


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