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By January 3, 2019March 4th, 2024No Comments

Ohio Contemporary Ballet is now booking

Verb Ballets is proud to announce the company has changed its name to Ohio Contemporary Ballet (OCBallet). For over 30 years, Ohio Contemporary Ballet has had deep roots in Northeast Ohio. Located in Cleveland, Ohio we bring bold and inspiring dances to the stage. The company has been an artistic ambassador with tours to Cuba and Taiwan. Ohio Contemporary Ballet honors the deep roots of the ballet-based companies that preceded it in the Great Lakes region, including the all-female contemporary dance collective from which it draws its origin. Today, the company is under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Carlson, former principal dancer for Cleveland Ballet, and Richard Dickinson, MFA, former Ohio Ballet dancer. Recognized as a premiere dance company in the region, we bring excellent performances that delight and captivate audiences. Ohio Contemporary Ballet commissions new contemporary works that reflect our times, performs beloved classical repertory while also staging cherished story ballets.

To discuss booking contact Dr. Margaret Carlson directly 216-577-0494.

Company Offerings

As a contemporary ballet company, we offer repertory programs from 21st century choreographers, mixed with restaged classics. The company has an extensive roster of award-winning choreographers, varying in styles to help put together a program to suit your audience. Our dancers all have a strong classical foundation, complemented by a virtuous vocabulary, that seamlessly transitions into contemporary styles. Every summer the company tours throughout the Great Lakes region performing in outdoor venues. Performances can be presented at but are not limited to main stage theatres, casino stages, outdoor amphitheaters and school stages. Programs can be put together to accompany a local orchestra or musicians. Offering audiences, the powerful experience of ballet with live music. The company has collaborated with many music organizations including BlueWater Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony and with rock musician, Neil Zaza.

All performances can also add interactive educational opportunities for community engagement. The company offers outreach programs for all ages that can be taken into schools, community centers, arts institutions, nursing homes and more! In addition, we can also offer pre-show interactives, lectures, dance residencies and masterclass opportunities. We aim to bring programs out to the public, meeting people where they live, work, and learn. Children’s programs explore topics such as arts appreciation, literacy, STEM, and cultural diversity. We also offers programs for seniors that emphasize movement to encourage socialization and wellness.

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Family programming

Both of these stunning productions feature stunning hand painted European sets and beautiful costumes. These productions offers the opportunity to engage local children and community groups to create unforgettable memories. Get in touch with us to learn more!

The Little Nutcracker

Ohio Contemporary Ballet presents The Little Nutcracker, a newly produced one act version of the holiday favorite. The production features stunning, hand painted sets painted in Europe and beautiful costumes donated by Kim and Jeremy White Foundation. The Litttle Nutcracker provides an excellent opportunity to involve local studios and community groups in the production and is an unforgettable chance to work with a professional company. This magical story comes to life on stage with a warm sense of nostalgia celebrating the holiday season.

Reaching beyond the stage

Ohio Contemporary Ballet offers outreach opportunities to learn through dance. Our children’s programs explore topics ranging from arts appreciation, literacy, STEM, and cultural diversity. We also offers programs for seniors that emphasize movement as a way to encourage socialization and wellness. The company connects with communities in various non-stage settings including schools, community centers, libraries, art institutions, nursing homes and more!

Community Outreach

Ohio Contemporary Ballet offers a variety of interactive programs for children including Shape Imagination and WiggleWords. These programs explore topics ranging from arts appreciation, literacy, and STEM. Most programs can easily be performed in small theaters, schools, gyms, libraries, museums, and community centers. These interactive educational opportunities that can be linked to Ohio’s curriculum standards. Ohio Contemporary Ballet is registered as an Ohio Artist on Tour through the Ohio Arts Council.

Children's Programming

Ohio Contemporary Ballet offers a variety of educational performances for children including Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals and Around the World in Dance. Most programs can easily be performed in small theaters, schools, gyms, libraries, museums, and community centers. These performances can be paired with interactive educational opportunities that can be linked to Ohio’s curriculum standards. Ohio Contemporary Ballet is registered as an Ohio Artist on Tour through the Ohio Arts Council.

Senior Movement

Moving Connections, a wellness program of Ohio Contemporary Ballet, is a movement workshop designed for older adults 50 and over to encourage creativity, engage social interaction and deepen an appreciation of the arts through the joy of movement. Led by professionally trained dancers and movement experts, Moving Connections help older adults develop flexibility, increase breath, exercise concentration that connects mind to body and increase cognitive function. The program is designed for all ability levels and can be done while seated.

To inquire about booking please submit the form below or contact Dr. Margaret Carlson directly at email or 216-577-0494.

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