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Our History

Nan Klinger | Founding Artistic Director

Nan Klinger, Founding Artistic Director of the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, studied dance as a child, with her mother, Gertrude Holvey Harris. She later studied in New York City where she attended the American Theater Wing while taking with renowned teachers Edward Caton and Vladmir Dokoudovsky. “Miss Nan,” returned home and founded Excellence in Dance in 1953. Her school was chosen by George Balanchine to receive scholarships from the Ford Foundation in New York, to train talented young dancers. Her students have made an impact in the arts throughout the country and have had careers with prestigious companies such as, the Royal Birmingham Ballet of England, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet, Boston Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Ballet Flordia, Ballet West, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Met and many others.


People write great things about us!

• Article from MyTownNEO "Young dancer fulfills the dream of dancing with professional ballerinas"
• Read this informative article Akron Ohio Moms wrote about our preschool program.
• Read about the Nan Klinger Excellence in Dance presents Workshop 2012.
• Article from: Devil Strip
Meet Jonathan McCray Jr, a 15-year-old ballet dancer recently accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York City 
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Dance Education

Youth Ballet - One of the first established in the nation.

Original Ballet - Creating Original Ballets for Children.

Community school to Pre-Professional Advancement.


Employment Opportunities

Postings will be listed here when new opportunities become available at Nan Klinger Excellence in Dance.

Male Scholarship Program

Partial to full scholarships are available to aspiring male dancers ages 8-13 years of age. No prior dance training necessary. This is an extraordinary experience for year-round dance training with our renowned faculty and guest teachers. For more information or to schedule an audition please submit your contact information below.



Nan Klinger Excellence in Dance offers complimentary
Wi-Fi to our students. Please ask for the password at the front desk.



EID alumni are dancing in professional companies throughout the world. In addition, many of our alumni are utilizing their dance training and the valuable life lessons learned from their experience at EID. 

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Nan Klinger Excellence in Dance is taking the right measures to ensure the safety of our students and staff by following COVID-19 Guidelines and Policies while we practice our teachings in-person and remotely.