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 95. 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.
BalletMet Dance Academy scholarship program offers students in the Central Ohio area opportunities for quality dance education and training.
Academy Assistant Not Pictured: Gina Smeragliuolo
Teaching Faculty Not Pictured: Lindsey Evans, Laura Patterson
Accompanists: Cathi Aldrich, Sue Dowdy, Phil Dupont, Doug Hare, Ben Harris, Irina Keller, Jae Hui Kim, Joowon Kim, Helen Kushnir, Gabriel Myrin, Amanda O’Neil, Nyla Phillips, Chris Hokanson, Kathy Thomsen, Ruby Ti
Our Parents’ Association works closely with BalletMet’s staff and faculty and acts as a liaison with the parents of our Academy students.
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.
Students who are in Ballet Level 2 and up and are age 8 by the beginning of the academic year (September 30, 2022) are eligible to audition for a part in The Nutcracker.
Images by Jennifer Zmuda