Our Dance Programs

Embrace Movement. Explore Imagination.

The Dance Department at Rainey is dedicated to nurturing confident, productive, and creative action-takers with the skills to graduate to pre-professional training programs, while creating community value for arts and artists in our greater community. Our mission is to provide low-barrier dance education in a safe community for expression and growth with a holistic approach to learning and development.

Through our partnership with Groundworks Dance Theater, master classes, group classes, workshops, and performances, dancers will be equipped with the necessary skills needed to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. Current program offerings include the following:

Rainey Dance Academy From Home

Grades 3rd – 8th

Rainey Dance Academy provides passionate, curious, and collaborative young dancers, in the Greater Cleveland community, with pre-professional dance education and the necessary tools for aspiring dancers to succeed artistically, professionally, and personally.

With the health and safety of all dancers at heart, the Spring semester (January 18th – April 16th) will be offered virtually.

RDA From Home will provide:

  • Virtual sessions Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 4pm-6pm
  • Mastery-level training in Ballet, Hip-Hop, Modern, & Jazz
    Access to book a virtual private lesson with our Teaching Artists
  • Dance Education Course through Groundworks Dance Theatre
  • Fun activities with other participants

There is a $20 registration fee to begin; however, there is no monthly tuition to continue participation. Registration ends January 29th, 2021


Dance in the Community

Ages 8-18

The Rainey Institute is proud to partner with the City of Cleveland to provide free in-person dance classes at Thurgood Mashall Recreation Center, every Thursday, from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm for ages 8-12 and 6:00 pm – 7:00pm for ages 13-18.

Participants will learn a variety of dance genres including jazz, hip-hop, and social dance. Classes are available now until February 18th; online registration is required.


“Whenever you give a young person, a child the opportunity to be free in a way that they can express themselves, they always do better in other parts of their lives.”

— Mayor Frank Jackson