ABOUT Ballet In the city

Ballet in the City engages the best professional ballet dancers from across the globe. It produces and presents programming, performances, and events with these exceptional professionals, which bring the art up-close and personal to ballet enthusiasts spanning generations. 
The mission of Ballet in the City is to present professional ballet performances, educational opportunities, and events in cities around the nation, promoting and enhancing the culture of ballet, unique to each location.

Ballet in the City will engage and inspire individuals in the art of ballet and communicate the relevance and value of ballet, the results of which will endure for future generations.

Jessica Wallis, Founder and Executive Director

Jessica Wallis has produced and presented programming with dancers such as Ashley Bouder, Sonia Rodriguez, and Misty Copeland, at prestigious venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is a two-time honors graduate of The University of Akron, the founder of The Ballet in the City Scholarship, and was honored for her work with an official proclamation from the City of Cleveland. Ms. Wallis was presented with a Distinguished Alumni award by the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation in 2018.
Jessica Wallis
Founder & Executive Director
Claudia Lutman
Alexis Ziemski
Erik Zito
Guys Dance Too
Angelina Rutherford

Ballet in the city board of directors

Chairwoman, Elizabeth E. Lewis
Phillip Munch
Kristen Hoover
Katherine Kelly
Dr. Ralph Lorenz

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, PhD


Committee Chairs - Cydney Byron & Kimberly Hain
Elisabeth Morando
Laurel Wilder
Jessica Kehn
Claudia Lutman
Ashley Casstevens
Megan Kleiman
Sarah Sperry

The Auxiliary Committee was founded to support the continued success of Ballet in the City with representatives across the nation through outreach and fundraising initiatives designed to generate awareness, involvement and revenue for Ballet in the City's programming. The Auxiliary Committee will consist self-motivated young professionals across the country with a passion for the arts.

For more information or to join the Ballet in the City Auxiliary Committee, please email info@balletinthecity.org or call 216-571-7453.