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.

Our Vision

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 Mission

To provide low-barrier arts education in a safe community for expression and growth with a holistic approach to learning and development.

For more information, regarding program offerings and opportunities
contact Dance Program Manager, LaChanee Hipps

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),

  1. Learn the choreography, watch the video here or to the left 
  2. Click below to upload your footage by Friday, May 14th!


in class programming

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 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 6p-7p 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

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Faculty Role: Dance Program Manager & Hip-Hop Teaching Artist for Rainey Dance Academy
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Hip-Hop & Majorette

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Faculty Role: Jazz & Modern Teaching Artist for Rainey Dance Academy
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Modern & Musical Theatre

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Faculty Role: Ballet Teaching Artist for Rainey Dance Academy, Intro to Ballet & Creative Movement Teaching Artist for the Dance As You Go online program
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Flamenco

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Faculty Role: Multi-Genre Teaching Artist in Outreach
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Modern & Jazz fusion

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Faculty Role: Teaching Artist Assistant
Favorite Dance Genre(s): African Diaspora

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Faculty Role: Teaching Artist Assistant
Favorite Dance Genre(s): Jazz

“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

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