BalletMet Dance Academy offers hundreds of classes each year for all ages.

Ranked among the nation’s largest studios associated with a professional company, BalletMet Dance Academy offers hundreds of classes each year for students ages 3 to 84. We boast state-of-the-art studios, faculty members who have danced with companies around the world and live musical accompaniment in most ballet classes. Daryl Kamer founded the academy in 1974, but it didn’t become BalletMet Dance 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.

Learn with talented Faculty, Staff and Company Dancers.

Edwaard Liang teaches students during Summer Intensive Class
Edwaard Liang teaches students during Summer Intensive Class

Classes for All Ages and Levels

Fall Academy Classes
Fall Academy Classes
Academy students participating in classes
Academy students participating in classes

Opportunities to perform on stage in Company productions

The Nutcracker Performers
The Nutcracker Performers
Discover Dance Scholarship Program

BalletMet Dance Academy scholarship program offers students in the Central Ohio area opportunities for quality dance education and training.

Fall COVID-19 Guidelines

BalletMet has taken precautions to keep its students safe. Please review the COVID-19 Guidelines before attending class.

Children’s Division Faculty Not Pictured: Sara Flannery, Alex Phillips, Jlinn Sanford, Megan Tedrick

Student Division, Trainee and Teen and Adult Faculty Not Pictured: Darielle Eberhard, Melissa Gould, Alex Phillips, Mikaela Ray, Kelly Skidmore Black, Olivia Ward

Accompanist: Cathi Aldrich, Olga Boronilo, Susan Dowdy, Phil Dupont, Doug Hare, Chris Hokanson, Jae Hui Kim, Irina Keller, Joowon Kim, Helen Kushnir, Gabriel Myrin, Amanda O’Neil, Nyla Phillips, Kathy Thomsen


Our Campus Houses A 35,000-Square-Foot Dance Centre With Seven Studios.


Are classes in person, virtual or a combination of both?

At this time, we are offering all classes in person.  Should the need arise to convert to virtual or a combination of both, we would make that adjustment.

Do you have a Recital or Performance?

We have our annual Spring Performance in June at the Davidson Theatre for Levels 1-Trainee. We also have our Performance Ensemble in Level 4-7/8 comprised of students that perform three times a year.

What are your Covid guidelines? Do I have to wear a mask at BalletMet?

Yes, we require everyone in Pre Ballet 5 and up to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. This includes faculty, accompanists and staff.

Please review our COVID guidelines here.

Who may audition for Nutcracker?

This year, due to Covid, we are auditioning BalletMet students who are 12 years old and up and fully vaccinated.

Do I need to order a leotard?

Yes. Please view the following forms for more information:

View the Dress Code
View Leotard Sizing
View Leotard Order Form

Images by Jennifer Zmuda