Cleveland Ballet (founded 2014)
|Predecessor||Cleveland Ballet (founded 1972)|
|Founding artistic director||Gladisa Guadalupe|
|Principal venue||Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Chief Executive||Michael Krasnyansky|
|Official school||School of Cleveland Ballet|
Cleveland Ballet was founded in Cleveland in 2014 by Gladisa Guadalupe and Michael Krasnyansky. It is the third incarnation of a Cleveland Ballet, having been preceded by establishments of the same name founded in 1935 and 1972. Guadalupe, an alumna of the School of American Ballet and a former principal dancer, serves as artistic director, and Krasnyansky, a Russian American businessman, serves as president & CEO.
The company has grown from 5 to 26 dancers from 11 different countries and territories over its initial 5 seasons, and as of 2019[update] was one of the fastest growing professional ballet companies in the U.S. In 2017, it became a resident company of Playhouse Square.
History and growth
In October 2015, Cleveland Ballet's inaugural season debuted with the ballet Past. Present. Future. at Playhouse Square, characterized by The Plain Dealer as a "stylistically diverse and entertaining" production. The company continued with a production of Coppélia in May 2016, described as "evidence of a company eager and able to do great things", with the dancers' performances as "mostly excellent".
By its second season, 2016–2017, the ballet had grown to fourteen members. It concluded the season with a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was reviewed as featuring "smartly-crafted, deceptively difficult, and wonderfully illustrative choreography".
Cleveland Ballet became Playhouse Square's resident classical ballet company in 2017, during its third season. This designation resulted in additional marketing funds, access to more rehearsal space, and priority in scheduling.
In 2017, Cleveland Ballet also reintroduced regular holiday performances of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, as a seasonal tradition in Cleveland—the first Nutcracker production by a local company at Playhouse Square since 1999. Additional performances of the season included the 1909 ballet, Les Sylphides, as well as Alice, a new ballet based on Lewis Carroll's book Alice in Wonderland.
In the fourth season, 2018–2019, the company increased to 20 professional dancers. In addition to The Nutcracker, Cleveland Ballet presented Fall Collection and Coppélia as main stage productions at Playhouse Square.
In its fifth season, 2019–2020, the ballet grew to 25 dancers, performing Carmen at the Ohio Theatre in October  and offering 12 performances of The Nutcracker at the Hanna Theatre in December. The season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, requiring the cancellation of the company's planned performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute.
|Ballet||Initial performance date||Venue||Choreographer(s)||Notes and sources|
|Past. Present. Future.||October 2015||Ohio Theatre||
|Coppélia||May 2016||Ohio Theatre||Ramon Oller|||
|A Celebration of Dance & Music||October 2016||Ohio Theatre||
|The Nutcracker Tea||December 2016||Andrews Osborne Academy||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|Midsummer Night’s Dream||April 2017||Ohio Theatre||Ramon Oller|||
|Les Sylphides||October 2017||Ohio Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|The Nutcracker Suite||December 2017||Hanna Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|Black and White Gala||March 2018||Ohio Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|Alice||May 2018||Hanna Theatre||Margo Sappinton|||
|Fall Collection||October 2018||Ohio Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|The Nutcracker||December 2018||Hanna Theatre||
|Coppélia||April 2019||Ohio Theatre||Ramon Oller|||
|Carmen||October 2019||Ohio Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe|||
|The Magic Flute (canceled)||[May 2020]||Ohio Theatre||Gladisa Guadalupe||[b]|
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