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Youth Academy

The Youth Academy offers classes for ages 2-14 in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop. Offering the Cecchetti Ballet curriculum and performance opportunities throughout the year, including professional productions with the company. Registration is now open for Winter! Classes are available for Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring sessions.

Experience our accredited instructors at a FREE trial class! Contact Jennifer Forcucci-Marzluf , Youth Academy Coordinator, at 216-397-3757 ext 2 or email to arrange today!

Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Provider

The Youth Academy through Ohio Contemporary Ballet is a Qualified Education Service Provider for The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program. This grant program provides funds for families to use for tuition! CLICK HERE for more information if you are eligible!

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Affordable Tuition

All new students receive their first class FREE!
In support of our community, we are proud to offer quality instruction at the most affordable pricing in the area. Tuition is charged monthly for the total number of hours for all classes registered. Siblings receive 5% off monthly tuition. Annual Registration Fee $20.00. Tuition is auto billed to a credit card every month. Click here for full Tuition & Payment Policies.

The Youth Academy through Ohio Contemporary Ballet is a Qualified Education Service Provider for The Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program. This grant program provides funds for families to use for tuition payments at OCBallet Youth Academy! CLICK HERE for more information!


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Over 5 hours contact us. Drop-in classes $18.00 per class.

Enrollment is now open for Fall registration through our new system, Studio Director. You will be guided to create an account through Studio Director to register for classes. If you need help registering or have questions, please email here or call 216-397-3757 ext 2.

Preschool Division

The Youth Academy Preschool Division aims to provide an engaging and comprehensive dance program for young children ages 2-5+. Our preschool classes are specially designed to offer a fun and engaging introduction to ballet technique. We emphasize motor development, teamwork, and self-confidence, while fostering a strong foundation and love of dance. Our classroom curriculum focuses on developing posture, coordination, flexibility and beginning dance vocabulary.

Creative Ballet (Ages 3-4)

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Thur 4:30-5:00pm – Ms. Andrea
Sat 9:30-10:00am – Ms. Sabrina

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Pre Primary Ballet (Ages 5 & up)

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Thur  5:00 -5:45pm – Ms. Andrea
Sat 10:00-10:45am – Ms. Sabrina

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We are proud to offer the pedagogy of the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet under the guidance of Cecchetti USA.

Youth Academy

The Youth Academy is an exciting new program offering the highest quality dance education for aspiring dancers ages 6-14. Through our internationally recognized Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet syllabus, students build a strong foundation in ballet technique, coordination, and performance presence. With certified instructors expertly trained in the Cecchetti Method, students develop essential skills such as balance, poise, strength, flexibility, musicality, and artistry. This training will provide dancers with a strong foundation for all dance styles. The Youth Academy also offers weekly Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop classes and other masterclass opportunities throughout the year. In addition to group classes, this program provides opportunities for private coaching and learning variations, allowing students to refine their technique and performance skills further. Throughout the year, students have the chance to showcase their talents in performance opportunities, including with our professional ballet company.

Primary Ballet (Ages 6 & up)

Mon 4:30-5:30pm – Ms. Jennifer

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Ballet 1 (Ages 7 & up)

Thurs 4:30-5:30pm – Mr. Isaac

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Ballet 2 (Ages 9 & up)

Thur 5:45-6:45pm – Mr. Isaac

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Ballet 3 (Ages 10 & up)

Wed 4:30-5:30pm – Ms. Jennifer

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Ballet 4 & Pre-Pointe (Ages 11 & up)

Tues 4:30-5:30pm – Ms. Jennifer

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More Dance Styles

The Youth Academy also offers weekly classes in Contemporary, Hip Hop, Progressive Ballet Technique and other masterclass opportunities throughout the year. These classes can be taken in addition to the ballet curriculum or as a separate focus.


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(Ages 7 & up) Wed 5:30 -6:30pm – Ms. Lydia

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(Ages 7 & up) Tues 5:30-6:30pm Chloe

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(Ages 11 & up) Sun 10:00-11:00am – Ms. Kelly

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Frequently asked questions

How are classes offered?

All classes are taught at the OCBallet Center for Dance located at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights behind The Dealership.

Do I need to register for class?

Yes, and your first class is FREE! Register online here. Or call 216-397-3757 ext 2 and we can help you.

What dates do you offer classes?

Classes are offered year around with breaks for holidays and between sessions. Our current 23-24 season is as follows:

Fall Term: September 5- December 16, 2023
Summer Session 2: July 13- August 5, 2023
Fall Term: September 5- December 16, 2023
Winter/Spring 2024 Term: January 8 – May 18, 2024
Summer 2024 Term: June 3 – July 27, 2024
Fall 2024 Term (tentative): September 3– December 14, 2024

Are there payment plans available?

Tuition is billed monthly and automatically charged to your account by credit card. For specific payment arrangements please contact by email or call 216-397-3757 ext 2. View our tuition policies here. 

Is there a uniform?

Yes, please click here to view our uniform guidelines for all classes. 

Where are you located?

Behind The Dealership at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights.

Am I able to watch class?

Parents and other family members are permitted to observe classes during the first-class meeting of each month only. Allowing your child to have the teacher’s full attention creates an ideal learning environment. You will find that your child will retain classroom curriculum better and be less distracted during class time. 

If your child has special health needs, please discuss this with your instructor. If you have other questions or concerns regarding our parent observation policy listed here, please discuss it with your instructor or email us here. 

Can I make up a class?

There are no refunds and no adjustments made for missed classes, except for long periods of time with arrangements made in advance. Email requests to [email protected]. 

If class is cancelled by Verb Center for Dance or any reason, a make-up class will be scheduled. If we are unable to provide a make-up class, then your account will be credited for the cancelled class. 

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Do I need a water bottle?

YES! Having water on hand is encouraged during every class you take with us. Instructors will give the dancers water breaks during class.

Class Descriptions

Creative Ballet

Children will be introduced to basic ballet movements while developing coordination, body control and self-discipline. This class will include creative exercises, song and dance routines and dance related games. 


Pre Ballet

Children will learn and continue to develop the beginning techniques of ballet, as well as improve their coordination, posture, balance and gracefulness in this class. Students will be placed into level of class based on age or ability (recommendation of the teacher required if students is younger than the required age). Classes will introduce the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Program. 



Dancers will learn how to work with a thera-band and other tools to improve strength. The instructor will also focus on core strengthening exercises, barre and some center work. This class is recommended and open to all dancers needing to improve their foot and core strength. Demi and/or Pointe shoes are recommended by the instructor only, but these are not required to take this class.


Contemporary is a hybrid of ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance styles. It is a ballet-based technique that allows a greater range of movement. This class focuses on centering, strengthening the body, increasing flexibility, improving balance, proper placement, body alignment, fluidity, and emotion.  

Hip Hop

A high energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with original movements and grooves or steps that have their base in jazz/funk. Techniques are taught through learning choreography that is appropriate for each level of class. 

Youth Academy Faculty

Dr. Margaret Carlson

Producing Artistic Director

Richard Dickinson, MFA

Assocaite Artistic Director and Director of the Verb,”Ohio Contemporary Ballet” Center for Dance

Jennifer Garlando

Director of Marketing & PR

Jennifer Forcucci-Marzluf

Company Office Manager & Youth Academy Coordinator

Andrea McCormick

Ballet Teacher

Isaac Hileman

Company Dancer & Ballet Teacher

Kelly Korfhage

Company Dancer & PBT Teacher

Sabrina Lindhout

Ballet Teacher

Lydia Marzluf

Contemporary Teacher

Chloe Marzluf

Hip Hop Teacher

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