Facts and Figures

BalletMet’s vision is to create and foster world-class art and artists that inspire Columbus and beyond. We serve Central Ohio as a cultural and educational resource by engaging the best and brightest dancers and choreographers to live and work in Columbus, attracting audiences to Central Ohio, and educating the next generation of dancers, audiences and supporters. Led by Artistic Director Edwaard Liang and Executive Director Sue Porter, BalletMet entertains, inspires and educates 100,000 Central Ohioans each year – in the theatre, the dance studio and the school classroom.


  • BalletMet ranks among the nation’s 20 largest professional ballet companies.
  • The ensemble Company of 27 dancers, all Central Ohio residents, is noted for powerful artistry and
    versatile technique.
  • A diverse repertoire ranges from the pure classicism of ballet to contemporary masterworks, with
    performances engaging 70,000+ audience members annually.
  • Major commitment to the creation of new work is reflected in 182 World Premieres and hundreds of Company Premieres in BalletMet’s 40-year history.
  • National and international touring as a cultural ambassador for Ohio includes performances in 28 states
    including NYC’s prestigious Joyce Theater, and abroad in Canada, Russia, Poland, Spain and Egypt.
  • Our Columbus, Ohio campus houses the 35,000 sq. ft. Dance Centre with seven studios, costume shop,
    and offices, along with a 20,000 sq. ft. fully equipped black box theatre and scene shop.
  • Columbus performance venues include the 2,779-seat historic Ohio Theatre and the 750-seat Davidson
    Theatre located in the city core, and the 225-seat BalletMet Performance Space on our campus.


  • The BalletMet Academy is among the largest U.S. dance training centers affiliated with a
    professional company.
  • With the downtown Dance Centre as its hub, BalletMet Academy classes are also taught at the McConnell
    Arts Center in suburban Worthington.
  • We offer accredited dance classes for Columbus State Community College and the Reynoldsburg High
    School Encore Academy.
  • Enrollment of 1,700 students, hailing from 31 states and 161 zip codes, ranges from preschoolers to senior
    adults in nearly 300 weekly classes during the school year and special summer programs.
  • Classes include ballet, pointe, character, creative movement, jazz, modern, tap and Pilates.
  • The Trainee program prepares exceptionally talented students, chosen by audition, for careers in dance.
  • The BalletMet 2 performance ensemble serves as a pre-professional path to a dance career.
  • Our annual Summer Intensive averages 185 national and international students accepted through an 18-20
    city audition tour.
  • Performance opportunities include year-end Dance Academy Performances at the Davidson Theatre for
    students ages 8 and above, showings at the Dance Centre for younger children, Performance Ensemble
    community appearances, along with The Nutcracker and other large cast BalletMet productions.

Education and Community Engagement

  • School and community programs serve 30,000 in classrooms as well as in business and civic settings.
  • Dance Academy full and partial scholarships, along with financial aid packages, are awarded each year
    based on financial need, talent, or a combination.
  • Morning at the Ballet performances are held at the Ohio and Capitol Theatres for K-12 students.
  • Dance-in-Schools residency programs aligned with Ohio Department of Education standards include The
    Wiggle Jig for Pre-K, Moving Into Literary for grades 1-5, and Urban Dance & Wellness for high schoolers.
  •  KidTix provides 3,500+ complimentary tickets each year, partially funded with corporate underwriting,
    through youth, social service and faith-based agencies.

Financial Status and Economic Impact

  •  39-year history of financial responsibility, with $6.4 million FY18 operating budget.
  • $8.6 million community economic impact.
  • $3.9 million annual payroll for 58 full-time and 70 part-time staff members, including 27 professional
    dancers who hail from around the world and are now full-time Central Ohio residents.
  • 59% earned income from ticket sales, touring fees and Dance Academy tuition.
  • 41% contributed income from individuals, corporations, foundations, government agencies and
    special events.