Facts and Figures

BalletMet is recognized for its innovative artistry, world-class dancers and rigorous dance training. We foster a vibrant creative and collaborative community that attracts talent, business, visitors and revenue to our region – and creates a quality place to live and work. Led by Artistic Director Edwaard Liang and Executive Director Sue Porter, BalletMet entertains, engages and educates 100,000+ Central Ohioans each year – in the theatre, the dance studio, the classroom and the community.


  • BalletMet ranks among the nation’s 20 largest professional ballet companies.
  • The ensemble of 26 dancers – Central Ohio residents who hail from around the world – is noted for powerful artistry and versatile technique.
  • A diverse repertoire ranges from pure classical ballet to contemporary masterworks, with performances annually engaging 70,000 audience members who hail from nearly every Ohio county and 45+ states.
  • A major commitment to the creation of new work is reflected in the 189 BalletMet World Premieres and hundreds of Company Premieres created over 41 years by leading choreographers in the dance world.
  • 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 a 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, along with 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.
  • Downtown studios serve as BalletMet’s Academy hub, with classes also taught at the McConnell Arts Center in suburban Worthington.
  • We offer accredited dance classes for Columbus State Community College and Reynoldsburg City Schools.
  • Our 1,600 students range in age from preschool to senior adult.
  • 200+ weekly 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 development path to a dance career.
  • Our Summer Intensive averages 150 local and national students accepted through an 18-20 city audition.
  • 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 31,000 in classrooms as well as in civic and business 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 Davidson Theatres for 8,000+ K-12 students.
  • Classroom residency programs aligned with Ohio Department of Education standards include The Wiggle Jig for Pre-K students, Moving Into Literary for grades 1-5, and Urban Dance & Wellness for middle/high schoolers.
  • Soar on Saturdays offers free dance classes for children ages 8-12 with no prior BalletMet experience.
  • KidTix provides 3,500+ complimentary tickets each year, partially funded with corporate underwriting, through youth, social service and faith-based agency partners.
  • Access to free performances is provided to 6,000+ participants through the August Bicentennial Park program and through other festivals, meetings and BalletMet 2 community events.

Financial Status and Economic Impact

  • BalletMet has a 41-year history of strong financial stewardship, and an FY20 operating budget of $6.8M.
  • An estimated $9M community economic impact is generated through ticket sales and event-related spending.
  • A $4.2M annual payroll employs more than 130 staff members – full-time and part-time artists, administrators and faculty.
  • Ticket sales, touring fees and Academy tuition generated 72% of annual operations, with 28% contributed income from individual, corporate and foundation contributions, government grants, and fundraising events.

For the period ending June 30, 2019