Who We Are: In the more than four decades since our founding, BalletMet has become one of Ohio’s foremost performing arts organizations. We are a cultural and educational resource, now engaging a professional company of 28 dancers and choreographers of the highest caliber to live and work in Columbus, attracting wide-ranging audiences to Central Ohio, and educating the next generation of dancers and dance lovers. We are deeply committed to our mission to entertain, educate and engage our community through world-class dance.
What We Do: Each year BalletMet touches nearly 85,000 individuals through exceptional artistry and outstanding education programs. BalletMet performs classical ballets, family favorites and new work, a hallmark of our company, with 200 World Premieres created here in Columbus in our history. Dance Academy students range from age 3 to highly selective Summer Intensive and Trainee programs, which prepare young dancers for professional careers. BalletMet classroom programs support student learning and social and emotional growth through movement. Partnerships with schools and local organizations, free performance tickets, introductory classes and Dance Academy scholarships open the world of dance to all.
Why We’re Important: We believe that art changes lives. We all thrive when the power and beauty of art is central to community life. We are committed to learning from and celebrating the diversity of our community, believing that art that is collaborative is also inviting and accessible.
How We Impact the Community: In the last 46 years we’ve entertained nearly 4 million audience members. More than 45,000 Dance Academy students have learned what passion, commitment and hard work can accomplish. Thousands of school classrooms have come alive with movement and music while enhancing student learning. Life-changing dance training, the freedom a child feels while moving , the powerful experience of sharing a live performance—each speaks to the value of art in all of our lives.
How You Can Help: BalletMet is grateful for our community, whose generosity and enthusiasm supports our work. BalletMet relies on donations from across our community, including gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and state and local government. Without this support, BalletMet could not share world-class dance and outstanding education for all. We are grateful to those whose commitment to art and our community make our work possible.
322 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
Executive Director: Sue Porter
Development Director: Mary Pat Martin
Board Chair: Herb Bresler