Education Programs

BalletMet’s education programs focus on cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development through fun and effective movement education. All residencies integrate ODE Dance Content Standards and are specifically designed for participating schools.

From our well-trained teaching artists to our high academic standards, BalletMet education programs offer something for every age and grade level. Click the tabs below to learn more about our programs and take a sneak peek at what’s coming next.

Dance in Schools

BalletMet’s education programs focus on physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development using creative, fun, standard-based and dynamic movement education.

The Wiggle Jig

Creative and fun dancing becomes a powerful learning experience as youngsters wiggle, glide, leap and twirl through a residency that develops motor skills, socio-emotional behavior, cultural literacy and critical thinking. The Wiggle Jig is designed for early childhood students ages 3-5.
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Moving Into Literacy

Learn to read and write with a twist–and a hop, skip and jump. Moving Into Literacy fuses dance and English language arts education to positively impact literacy and critical thinking. Participants study literary works, and then create their own unique stories through a combination of art, original movement and the written word. Moving Into Literacy is designed for students in grades 1-3.
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BalletMet 2 Movement Makers*

Interactive and educational dance performance
BalletMet 2 introduces students to dance with Movement Makers – a lecture demonstration about the art and athleticism of ballet. BalletMet 2 dancers come to your gym, auditorium or multi-purpose room for an interactive dance performance. Movement Makers is designed for students ages K–12.
* OAAE Artist In Schools Program

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Field Trips

Morning at the Ballet

More than 10,000 children a year witness the enchantment of BalletMet’s Morning at the Ballet. Join children from around central Ohio for these engaging field trips designed to introduce students to dance and theater. Reserved for elementary, middle and high school groups, Morning at the Ballet gives students an up-close look at a BalletMet performance in a theatre setting.

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Professional Development

Professional Development Programs

Through the arts we can inspire students and the community to discover more about themselves, areas of study and the world.

All of our professional development programs accomplish the following major goals:

  • Inquire into the nature and significance of dance and the artistic process.
  • Explore the effects of differentiated and cooperative learning on curricular and co-curricular instruction.
  • Design and implement lesson plans integrating the arts.
  • Collaborate actively with professional artists.
  • Learn and implement a variety of tools to evaluate student outcomes.

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Professional Development in Arts Integration for K-5 Teachers

The workshop presents alternative teaching/learning processes that connect teachers, students, and artists through the art form of dance.

  • Training in the elements of dance
  • Integration of movement into other content areas
  • Two complimentary tickets per teacher to a select BalletMet performance
  • Discounted movement workshop or a performance viewing for your students as an extension of the lesson unit.

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National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)

National Dance Education Organization

The primary mission of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is: (1) to promote and honor outstanding achievement in students 11-18 years of age studying dance; (2) to encourage well-rounded young dance artists to be leaders in their communities; and (3) to identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the National Dance Education Organization’s Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honors programs in the United States.

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is a program developed in cooperation with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). BalletMet is pleased to extend the capability of making it possible for students who participate in dance to receive the opportunity to be credited on their school records and transcripts. With the time they have dedicated to dance we feel this a valuable program. In addition, our hopes are to encourage well-rounded dance artists to become leaders in their communities after high school graduation.

Check back for information on how to apply for the 2017-18 academic year!


Fee Structure

One-time Initiation Fee: $15
Annual Dues for All Members: $20
*BalletMet covers the cost of the NHSDA pins for those students who earn pins.

Students who have paid their membership fee and/or member dues may begin or continue submitting Activity Point Entry forms to begin the point accumulation toward their total required for submission for their initial membership ribbon. Students in middle school are required to earn 15 points and high school students are required to reach 30 points for initial submission. Once a student has attained that goal, they earn additional stars when attaining certain levels. Only 3 points may be carried over from middle school to high school, but only after attaining the first level and beyond. It is important to remember that this process is not to be completed in a one-year period. It is meant to be something a student will work on for multiple years and in different aspects.

Click here for more information on NHSDA