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
at home programming
Rainey Dance Academy From Home
Dance Video Submissions For All Ages
We’ve been dancing from home for a while and performing to ourselves, but now it’s time to show the world our moves! Dancers now have the opportunity to submit videos and be featured on the Rainey website and social platforms. All submissions will be featured publicly, but those dancers that submit videos executing choreography from all 4 dance genres will receive a prize! To submit your video(s),
- Learn the choreography, watch the video here or to the left
- Click below to upload your footage by Friday, May 14th!
in class programming
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. Dancers ages 8-13 are invited to join us every Thursday, from March 11th – May 15th, for Jazz from 5p-6p and Hip-Hop from 6p-7p.
Jazz will explore various styles of jazz including, but not limited to classical, Broadway/Musical Theatre, soft shoe tap, and connecting to the contemporary styles such as commercial or street jazz. Jazz dancers are encouraged to wear tight athletic clothing (including but not limited to a leotard, tights, leggings, tank top, etc), jazz shoes or shoes with flexible soles.
Hip-Hop will provide learning and connecting hip hop’s origins to the culture it has become today. Flowing from old school to new school, instructing the isolations of the body, downbeat rhythms, and contrasting with smooth fluidity. Hip-Hop dancers are encouraged to wear loose athletic clothing (jogging pants, shorts, leggings, t-shirt, tank top, etc), and comfortable tennis 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