Junior and Summer Intensive

BalletMet Dance Academy’s Summer Intensive invites professionally aspiring dancers to a five-week program at our studios in Columbus, Ohio, named one of the top six cities in the country for the arts. Designed to challenge, cultivate and inspire, our intensives feature renowned and supportive faculty, live accompaniment, intimate class sizes and a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare you for a lasting career in dance. BalletMet accepts students ages 8 to 20 through an audition process, with the opportunity to also be accepted into our trainee program. Our academy, one of the largest in the nation associated with a professional company, provides high-quality training in state-of-the-art studios.

Junior Intensive

Ages 8-11
June 11 – 22, 2018

Five Week Summer Intensive

Ages 12-21
June 25 – July 27, 2018

BalletMet Summer Intensives Benefits

  • Top Notch Faculty
  • Live accompaniment in classes
  • Individualized Attention from caring/supportive faculty
  • Limited class size of approximately 25 students per level
  • Partnering & Variations Coaching
  • End of Summer Intensive Performance
  • On Site Ohio State University Performing Arts Medicine staff
  • Headshot and Photo Shoot session with BalletMet’s professional photographer
  • Room & Board offered
  • Catered on site lunches available

Our Faculty

Guest Faculty

Nilas Martins, The Balanchine Trust
Nilas Martins received his training at the Royal Danish Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. He became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1986 and was later promoted to Principal dancer. Mr. Martins danced numerous featured roles and was one of ten selected to study under Michael Kaiser as a DeVos Institute of Arts Management fellow from 2010-2011. Since 1996, Mr. Martins has been a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and stages ballets for companies and schools around the world.

Jessica Brown, BalletMet Company Dancer
Jessica Brown, 2017 Emmy winner of Television Arts and Sciences, received her training at American Dance Center and under instruction from Paula Weber, Professor of Dance at the UMKC. She joined the BalletMet Trainee program in 2005 and has worked her way through the years to become a leading artist. Ms. Brown’s roles have included the principal female role in CarouselFool’s Paradise, Lucy in Dracula, Tiger Lily in Peter Pan, Principal couple in Movements 1 and 3 from George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, as well as Jumping Girl in Who Cares?, Waltz Girl in SerenadeCinderella and the Blue Bird pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty. She has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Christopher Wheeldon, Michael Pink, Val Caniparoli , Jimmy Orrante, Attila Bongar, Kristopher Estes-Brown, James Kudelka, David Nixon, Stanton Welch, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Dwight Rhoden, and Amy Seiwert.  Ms. Brown has had the honor of performing with BalletMet in the Moscow International Contemporary Dance Festival in Russia and performed Edwaard Liang’s Vicissitude at the National Choreographer’s Initiative for their 10th anniversary.

BalletMet Artistic Staff
Academy Faculty

Our Studios

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.  BalletMet’s campus is located in downtown Columbus in the cultural Discovery District,  near Columbus State Community College, Columbus College of Arts and Design, the Columbus Convention Center and Arena District.

How to Join Us this Summer

1. Audition

Submit an Application  Audition Dates and Information

2. Register/Accept


3. Enter SI student site

SI Accepted Student Site

More Info


Junior Intensive
$450 for One Week
$775 for Two Weeks
$30.00 Registration Fee
All deposits non-refundable

Five Week Summer Intensive
$2400.00 Tuition
$2600.00 Housing
$30.00 Registration Fee
All deposits non-refundable

Audition for BalletMet’s Summer Intensive

SI Housing

  • Students are housed at the Schottenstein Residence Hall at Columbus College of Art and Design.
  • All meals are included
  • BalletMet is approximately a 3 minute walk from CCAD. Students walk in groups with chaperones and CCAD security escorts from the residence hall to the studios and back. In the event of inclement weather, students are shuttled between locations.
  • Take a virtual tour 

Our City

There’s an energy and excitement in Columbus that’s going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you’re invited to join in. The city is booming, and not just in population. The Columbus Museum of Art added a spectacular new wing, and the Scioto Mile puts 33 acres of new riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown. The innovative food scene melds artisan food producers with imaginative chefs to create meals that are far greater than the sum of their parts. . Neighborhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat and shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore. It’s time to Experience Columbus.