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From the fascinating history of dance in Cleveland starting at the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Michael Krasnyansky, a successful Ukrainian businessman who settled in the Cleveland area, and his wife Gladisa Guadalupe, a wonderful dancer originally from Puerto Rico, have made it their mission to build on the vision and business acumen of Adella Prentiss and impresario Giacomo Bernardi. Prentiss and Bernardi were instrumental in the development of Cleveland's dance audience. They were responsible for bringing one of the world's foremost ballerinas of the 20th century, Anna Pavlova to the city as well as the internationally famous Diaghilev Ballets Russes which performed in this city during their first U.S. tour.

Today under their artistic vision, business expertise and leadership Dr. Krasnyansky and Ms. Guadalupe have established the city's resident ballet company, Cleveland Ballet, successfully filling the void of classical and contemporary ballet.


For the past few years, Ms. Guadalupe has conducted auditions across the country and abroad to continue building Cleveland's resident professional ballet company. Currently, Cleveland Ballet has contracted dancers from the United States as well as many countries from around the world. A company of professional artists can assure its audiences productions that exhibit artistry of the highest caliber. An exemplary company also provides guest and resident choreographers an opportunity to craft unique works that speak to our talent. In short, our resident company transforms Cleveland's performing arts scene by completing our cultural landscape and adds to our city's exciting renaissance.

Without compromising artistic high standards, Cleveland Ballet is a smaller, more flexible and more innovative company than traditional ballet companies.

Founded in 2014, Cleveland Ballet took only three years to become the resident company of Playhouse Square, the largest theater district outside of New York, marking an impressive start to the company's career.

During its brief tenure, Cleveland Ballet has contributed and is determined to continue contributing to the cultural richness of Northeast Ohio, impacting the economy as well as the quality of life.

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In Partnership with Harbourtown Fine Arts Center

Cleveland Ballet is delighted to announce its official summer residency at the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center (HFAC) in the city of Vermilion, Ohio. This partnership will bring a high caliber of dancing to the city and give Cleveland Ballet stunning lake views as they grace the stage. Beginning in the summer of 2022, Cleveland Ballet’s 33 company artists will be showcasing their breathtaking talents in a variety of performances from August through September. In preparation for the residency, the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center will undergo renovations to its historic building and theatre to bring the nationally registered center back to its former glory. Visit below to learn more about HFAC!

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