growth through dance
Developing Life Skills Through the Art of Dance
The Dance Department at Rainey Institute is dedicated to providing dancers with the necessary skills needed to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. Through our partnership with Groundworks Dance Theater and our program offerings, such as master classes, group classes, workshops, and virtual and in-person experiences, young dancers will flourish into confident individuals ready to tackle the world one chassé at a time.
To nurture 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 Dance Programs
in class programming
Rainey Dance Academy
The Rainey’s Dance Academy (RDA), After School Program at Rainey Institute, specifically focuses on providing passionate, curious, and collaborative young dancers in Greater Cleveland communities with pre-professional dance education and the necessary tools for aspiring dancers to succeed artistically, professionally, and personally.
Our vision is to uplift the value of dance, inspiring participants to view dance as an equal career and educational opportunity, while motivating dancers to learn and present their best selves.
Dance in the Community
The Rainey Institute is proud to partner with the City of Cleveland to provide free in-person dance classes at Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center & Stella Walsh Recreation Center for dancers ages 8-18. Please join us every Wednesday from 5p-6p for Jazz Dance and 6p-7p for Hip-Hop Dance, and on Fridays from 5p-6p for African Dance.
Dancers are advised to wear flexible clothing and comfortable shoes.
All dancers are encouraged to bring water and must wear a mask. Online registration is required.
Our Dance Faculty
Faculty Role: Dance Program Manager & Hip-Hop Teaching Artist for Rainey Dance Academy
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Hip-Hop & Majorette
Faculty Role: Jazz & Modern Teaching Artist for Rainey Dance Academy
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Modern & Musical Theatre
“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