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July 02, 2024

DANCECleveland Kicks off 2024-2025 Season with Community Dance Day

DANCECleveland Kicks off 2024-2025 Season with Community Dance Day

A full day of free movement classes, the Northeast Ohio Student Showcase

and return of ODC/Dance at Playhouse Square

CLEVELAND (June 30, 2024) – DANCECleveland kicks off their 2024-2025 Performance Series July 27 with Community Dance Day across the Playhouse Square District, as well as the Northeast Ohio Student Showcase and an evening performance from San Francisco-based ODC/Dance in the Allen Theatre.

The community-focused day features free movement classes for all ages and abilities in a wide variety of styles including contemporary, ballet, African Drum and Dance, stepping, Hip-hop, tap, barre/Pilates fusion, yoga, jazz and more! Classes start at 10 am and conclude at 2 pm to allow time for the local students to get ready for the Northeast Ohio Student Showcase, which will highlight 12 dance schools from across the region and celebrate the talents of our region’s youth dancers. The showcase will take place at 3 pm in the Allen Theatre.

Sarah Sumbrum, Artistic Director of DANCECleveland, reflects, “Community Dance Day is one of our favorite events and DANCECleveland is happy to give back to our community by providing a fun-filled day where community members can try out a variety of dance styles. You don’t have to have dance experience, anyone can participate, and it’s so much fun to see our younger generation of dancers as well as older adults enjoying movement together. Dance really is a universal language, and it has the ability to bring people of all backgrounds together. We invite everyone to come try out a class, or root on the region’s student dancers during the showcase.”

Community Dance Day features instruction from dance teachers from across Northeast Ohio as well as two special opportunities to take contemporary with company members from ODC/Dance.

Sumbrum continues, “This year we are thrilled to bring back the evening component of Community Dance Day with the return of ODC/dance. The company was founded at Oberlin College before relocating to San Francisco, so it’s a bit of a homecoming every time they return to perform in Northeast Ohio. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season.”

Community Dance Day Schedule

Community-Level Classes

10:00 am - 11:15 am:

  • Yoga with Heather Young, Westfield Studio Theatre
  • Stepping with Ron'Dale Simpson of Blakk Jakk Dance Collective, Playhouse Square Plaza ***
  • Beginner Contemporary with ODC/Dance, Gund Studio

11:30 am - 12:45 pm:

  • African Drum & Dance with Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, Playhouse Square Plaza ***
  • Hip Hop with 10K Movement, Gund Studio
  • Injury Prevention and Wellness with Anna of Cleveland Dance Project, Allen Theatre Lobby

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm:

  • Flamenco with Alice Blumenfeld, Westfield Studio Theatre
  • Popular Dances with Tony Fresh, Playhouse Square Plaza ***
  • Pulse 128 Barre/Pilates Fusion, Gund Studio

Advanced-Level Track

10am -11:30 am

  • Advanced Ballet with Lauren Stenroos of Cleveland Ballet, Red Hall
  • Advanced Tap with Sara Savelli, Green Hall

12am -1:30 pm

  • Advanced Contemporary with ODC/Dance, Red Hall
  • Advanced Jazz with Kelsey Wilkins Director of the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team, Green Hall

Northeast Ohio Student Showcase

  • The showcase takes place at 3 pm in the Allen Theatre.
  • Tickets are free and general admission but are expected to sell out. To reserve your tickets, visit


The evening performance of ODC/Dance will take place at 7:30 pm in the Allen Theatre.

Hailed by The New York Times for their "expressive and technically complex work," San Francisco-based ODC/Dance returns to its Ohio roots for an evening of repertoire sure to heat up summer and bring a smile to your face. The versatile and technically superb dancers of ODC/Dance will showcase multiple different pieces featuring everything ranging from balletic beauty to jazzy moves and even a bit of tap dance! Founded by Artistic Director Brenda Way in 1971, ODC/Dance made the jump from Ohio’s Oberlin College to San Francisco in 1976 and transformed into a groundbreaking contemporary dance company that now travels across the globe to critical acclaim. Way, who trained under legendary choreographer George Balanchine, creates smart, exuberant and fearless works that push the boundaries of dance. You won’t want to miss this summer performance!

"There's nothing ordinary about San Francisco's ODC/Dance."- San Francisco Chronicle

SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TICKETS: DANCECleveland season subscriptions packages, starting at $125 are on sale now. To order, call 216-991-9000 or visit Individual performance tickets for ODC/Dance starting at $10 are available at or by calling 216-241-6000. Discounted group tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available. Please call 216-991-9000 to inquire.

About DANCECleveland: DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio-based nonprofit organization, aspires to be a national model for how a presenting organization serves its community, leveraging the world’s best modern and contemporary dance to inspire and educate audiences, local dancers, and community members. DANCECleveland is one of just a few presenters in the nation dedicated to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization’s programming is its annual performance series. Performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio. Learn more at


DANCECleveland is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.



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