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Cleveland Ballet to Open Satellite Facility in City of Bedford in 2016

November 17, 2015
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Cleveland Ballet to Open Satellite Facility in City of Bedford in 2016

Cleveland, OH — In an effort to expand civic engagement and introduce ballet to a new generation in Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Ballet has entered into a partnership with the City of Bedford to open a new satellite facility in Bedford Commons, 730 Broadway Avenue, Bedford, Ohio, on Monday, January 4, 2016. The studio is conveniently located off of Interstates 271 and 480.

Cleveland Ballet’s mission is to present world class artistry on stage through classical and new works and ensure that ballet is accessible and relevant to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. One component of this mission includes educating dance students about the ballet art form through the School of Cleveland Ballet. The school is committed to inspiring people–providing high quality instruction, safe training and a solid dance syllabus. Students may begin enrolling for classes, located at the satellite studio, on December 1, 2015, by registering at www.cleveland.ballet.org, or calling 216-320-9000. Many classes will be taught by professional company members of the Cleveland Ballet.

Situated just 12 miles southeast of Cleveland and 24 miles north of Akron, Bedford is home to more than 500 industries and retail businesses as well as 13,200 residents. The city serves as a gateway to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park System, Cleveland Metroparks, and many historic sites.

The City of Bedford has undertaken a strategic initiative to strengthen their community’s historic downtown business district, surrounding the Town Square, to be a thriving area where residents and visitors alike can take advantage of opportunities for shopping, dining, education and recreation. In welcoming the Cleveland Ballet, Bedford Mayor Stan Koci said, “On behalf of city council, the administration and the residents of Bedford, we are extremely honored and excited to welcome the Cleveland Ballet into our community. Bedford has long been a hub for the arts, from the birthplace of American artist Archibald M. Willard, known for his famous painting “The Spirit of ’76” to the annual Weekend of the Pooka. The Cleveland Ballet will enhance our association with the artistic community and we are eager to offer our assistance and our Bedford hometown hospitality!”

To kick off this partnership, the Cleveland Ballet will perform Wednesday, November 25, 6 p.m. sharp, at the Bedford Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bedford Commons, located at 730 Broadway Avenue, Bedford.

The Bedford Firefighters Local 1683 will provide refreshments, including free hot chocolate, as Mayor Koci counts down to the lighting of the square, marking the beginning of the holiday season. Children are welcome to enjoy a special visit from Santa Claus.

Cleveland Ballet—under the artistic direction of former Cleveland Ballet principal ballerina Gladisa Guadalupe—began rehearsals in August with newly hired professional dancers, the first since the company announced its re-establishment under new leadership. Guadalupe graduated as a scholarship alumna from New York City’s School of American Ballet, while studying under the celebrated George Balanchine. In July, Peter Martins, artistic director and chairman of faculty at the School of American Ballet, official school of the New York City Ballet, invited Guadalupe to serve on the Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information, visit clevelandballet.org, or call 216-320-9000. Stay connected with us on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.
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