Did you know that our Academy actually pre-dates the BalletMet Company?
Daryl Kamer began the academy in 1974, but it didn’t become the BalletMet Academy until after the professional company was officially formed in 1978. Since BalletMet’s move to a 35,000 square-foot dance campus in downtown Columbus in 1990, the Company and Academy have both become recognized as institutions of local and national stature.
BalletMet Dance Academy is now ranked among the nation’s largest studios associated with a professional company and offers hundreds of classes each year to students ages 3 to 84. The Academy boasts state-of-the-art studios, faculty members who have danced with companies around the world and live musical accompaniment in most ballet classes.
Special features of the Academy include early childhood, intensive and boys divisions, as well as performance opportunities that allow students to gain theatre experience. Academy students can audition for roles in Company productions such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella for the chance to perform alongside BalletMet’s professional dancers.
For advanced students, the Academy also offers an intensive, pre-professional trainee program. Trainees dance 30-40 hours weekly and are selected through audition. Trainees may have the opportunity to dance in Company productions.
Other DanceReach educational offerings include the Dance-in-Schools program, Family Culture Corps and Morning at the Ballet. DanceReach programs impact nearly 30,000 individuals annually, many of whom are young people from minority and under-served populations who could not otherwise participate.