In August 2015, AOA formed an exciting partnership with the newly established Cleveland Ballet. Following more than a decade of having no professional ballet in Cleveland, the Cleveland Ballet was re-established as a professional ballet company in the spring of 2015. The vision of Board President Michael Krasnyansky and Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe includes a pre-professional division – bringing students from around the world who aspire to dance professionally to the Cleveland Ballet for training.
This partnership allows ballet students aged 14 and up to study professional ballet with the School of Cleveland Ballet, Northeast Ohio’s premiere professional children’s ballet school, while AOA provides the academic and residential component for the ballet’s pre-professional division. “We see this as an opportunity to serve as a ‘window to the world,’ meaning that we plan to attract the best and the brightest ballet students from around the globe who want to dance with the Cleveland Ballet,” said Guadalupe, artistic director of the Cleveland Ballet and the School of Cleveland Ballet. “The students we recruit will demonstrate the highest potential for a successful career in dance.”
Ballet students attend AOA classes in the morning and are transported to the School of Cleveland Ballet for dance training in the afternoon. AOA offers a low student-teacher ratio, and honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. This partnership differentiates itself from others that are based out of performing arts high schools; as a college preparatory boarding school, Andrews Osborne Academy focuses on academics, while leaving the highly technical artistic ballet training to the professionals at the School of Cleveland Ballet. After students complete their high school studies, they are encouraged to audition for the Cleveland Ballet to pursue careers locally. "AOA is proud to now be the educational partner of the Cleveland Ballet. The arts are a cornerstone of an excellent education and this partnership illustrates how invested we are in the arts and in educational excellence." Dr. Larry Goodman, Head of School