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Community Dance Day 2023

July 29, 2023, 10:00am

Playhouse Square

FREE EVENT! Save the date!

DANCECleveland Community Dance Day

and the Northeast Ohio Student Showcase

Saturday, July 29, 2023

10 am - 3 pm

Across the Playhouse Square District

A fun-filled day of dance for the whole family to enjoy!

Starting at 10 am, take part in more than 10 free classes for all ages and abilities in dance styles including Modern, Ballet, African Drum & Dance, Hip Hop and more. Community Dance Day is a wonderful time to try out the art form of dance and its many styles and celebrate movement together.

*Please note the full list of free classes and registration will be available on July 5th. For select classes, adaptive movement instruction will be offered for those who are sit-down dancers or choose to sit during movement.

Then, at 3 pm, come see a wonderful free dance performance featuring some of Northeast Ohio's best local youth dancers in Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre! This showcase provides local dance students with a professional performance experience in an iconic Playhouse Square theatre. The showcase will display a wide range of dance styles and will feature the highest caliber of student performers and choreographers from across Northeast Ohio. Tickets will be general admission and free but reservation in advanced is recommended as this event is expected to sell out.


Apply now to perform in the showcase!

DANCECleveland, in collaboration with Playhouse Square, is proud present the 2023 Northeast Ohio Student Showcase as part of Community Dance Day. Don’t miss this special opportunity for your student dancers to be featured on the stages of Playhouse Square, the second-largest theatre complex in the United States!

This showcase aims to provide students with a professional performance experience in an iconic Playhouse Square theatre. The showcase will display a wide range of dance styles and will feature the highest caliber of student performers and choreographers from across Northeast Ohio, highlighting the mastery of their art.

DANCECleveland is now accepting applications for the showcase participants. Ten to twelve schools will be selected to take part in the performance.

Who Should Apply:

Local dance studios, student companies, dance teams, dance groups, school dance programs, and student-run companies are encouraged to apply. All performers must be currently enrolled in school, ranging in age from the entering 4th grader to college. Only the performers must be students, choreographers need not be. All performers must be at least 8 years old and no performer may be more than 20 years of age; each group’s average age should be 18 or younger. One “Group Leader” or “Company Director” should submit for each group, however multiple submissions are ok and encouraged.

Submission and adjudication process:

• Click here to complete the Northeast Ohio Student Dance Showcase Application.

• The application provides space to submit a video link. If you prefer to submit your video sample by email, please send it in .mp4 format to no later than May 26th.

Please use Student Showcase Submission in your subject line and include your dance school name in the body of your email and indicate if you have completed the online application. Only complete applications will be considered.

You may submit up to 2 videos (must have a separate submission form for each). Videos may be works in progress, but the video should contain the actual dancers that will be performing. Pieces may be no longer than 10 minutes, must have at least two or more dancers who are currently enrolled in school (entering 4th grade to college).

• All styles of dance are welcomed and encouraged.

• All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of professional adjudicators comprised of representatives from DANCECleveland, Playhouse Square and guests from the dance community. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the selected groups no later than June 7th.

• Submitting your videos for consideration is free. Tickets to attend the showcase are also free.

• Groups must be available for the full day of July 29th from 8 am – 4 pm. Exact Times for tech rehearsal and classes TBD.

• If your school or student dance group is selected, your $250 group participation fee and any participation forms and releases will be due no later than June 21st.

Selected schools who have completed their paperwork and submitted their participation fee will receive:

Access to more than 10 free dance and movement classes and professional development sessions throughout Community Dance Day.

The opportunity to perform on the stages of Playhouse Square.

10 tickets to the showcase, with the option to reserve more free showcase tickets after June 21st.

8 tickets to see Music from the Sole at Cain Park on August 5th at 6:00 pm (plus the opportunity to purchase additional tickets at the discounted showcase participant rate)

For questions, email


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