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Group Sales and Discounts
If you’d like to purchase 10 or More Tickets, contact the BalletMet Box Office at 614-229-4848 or [email protected].
Senior Dress Rehearsals (Ages 55+)
Seniors ages 55+ can purchase tickets to special senior dress rehearsal performances.
College Student & Teacher Discounts
New for 2023/2024, we’ve opened the rush tickets to teachers as well as college students. Rush tickets are available for $15 at the theatre starting two hours prior to showtime with a valid college or teaching ID. Dependent on availability.
BalletMet has performed in 28 states, including international appearances in Egypt, Canada, Spain, Poland and, most recently, Russia.
BalletMet offers an exhilarating collection of productions for touring including Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella, as well as mixed-rep works such as James Kudelka’s There, below and Stanton Welch’s Play.Get Touring Information
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Where do I buy tickets?
Single tickets can be purchased online HERE, by calling the BalletMet Box Office at 614-229-4848, or the CAPA Ticket Center 614-469-0939.
Season Subscriptions, Subscriber Services, Academy students/families can call the BalletMet Box Office at 614.-229-4848. Rush tickets for college students with a valid student ID can be purchased for $15 at the theater beginning two hours prior to show time. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets through the BalletMet Box Office.
When purchasing tickets online, you will get two emails from [email protected]. A confirmation email will arrive first, then your actual tickets will follow in a separate email approximately 15 minutes later. If your tickets do not arrive in your main inbox, please check your spam folder.
How do I avoid ticket scammers?
The only official ticket sources to BalletMet events are the BalletMet Box Office, balletmet.org website and the CAPA Ticket Center. BalletMet is not responsible for tickets purchased from unauthorized sources, which does include ticket brokers and third-party resellers. Tickets purchased at unauthorized sources are often greatly inflated in price; they may be lost, counterfeit or invalid.
It is legal to resale event tickets in Columbus. You will find BalletMet event tickets on sale with ticket brokers, but these are not the primary sales point. Please keep in mind that if tickets are purchased from a ticket broker:
- We are not responsible for tickets purchased through unauthorized third parties.
- We cannot guarantee your tickets are valid, and you may not be guaranteed admittance into the theater.
- We cannot replace lost or stolen tickets.
- We cannot issue a refund if an event is cancelled.
- We cannot contact you with information about the event, cancellations or time changes.
Here are some tips to unintentionally avoid buying tickets from scalpers:
- Only purchase tickets from the BalletMet Box Office or the CAPA Ticket Center.
- If you see tickets that are more than $100 (before fees), you are probably buying from a third-party ticket broker and there is no guarantee these tickets are genuine.
Can I refund my tickets?
If you cannot attend a performance, please inform the box office in advance of the missed show. Generally, tickets are nonrefundable but there are options:
- Credit the ticket amount to your account and apply it to a future performance
- Donate the price of your unused ticket back as a tax-deductible gift to BalletMet
Contact the box office at bo[email protected] or call us at 614-229-4848 for assistance.
If a show is cancelled for any reason, refunds will be processed automatically.
Where Do You Perform?
BalletMet performs at the Ohio Theatre, The Davidson Theatre (located inside the Vern Riffe Center) and sometimes at our own black box theatre located on our campus.
Where can I park?
What Do I Wear?
This is our most-asked question, and the answer is: You probably won’t feel out of place no matter what you wear. If you want to wear jeans, go for it—we promise you won’t be alone. If you want to dress up, feel free. Many others do, too. We don’t see as much formal-wear in the theater as we once did, though it wouldn’t be unusual to see a tux or a gown at a performance. Basically, anything goes.
How Do I Choose My First Ballet?
Our ballets are classified in two main categories:
- Full-length: One ballet with intermissions, similar to a book with chapters
- Mixed-rep: Several unrelated shorter ballets with intermissions, similar to a collection of short stories
Each ballet will qualify as one of the following as well:
- To be classified as a Classical ballet there are five specific rules or ingredients that must be included. It must tell a story, have costumes and scenery and it must have music. The music is used as an element of storytelling in classical ballet. It also requires a “folk” or “character” dance and the female dancers must wear pointe shoes and tutus. To frame the dancing onstage, there is a Corps de Ballet. This is simply a group of dancers that serve as the background to soloists and principal dancers.
- There are no “rules” in contemporary ballet. Costumes will vary, as will footwear.
Is There a Story?
It varies. Some ballets follow a plot and others are just about patterns or movement. Ultimately, ballet is meant to be for you to experience. What you take from it, how you interpret it—there is no right or wrong way.
Do the Dancers Talk?
No, dancers express the story or meaning through the movement. In some story ballets, dancers will use pantomime (exaggerated movements) to help you understand what’s happening. If you see a ballet with pantomime, head to the lobby, where we’ll have more information and guidance. If you ever struggle to follow along, feel free to chat with a BalletMet staff member in the lobby who will happily answer any questions you have.
How Do I Find Out More About the Show I’m Seeing?
Visit that show’s page on our website. We always have some fun things you might like to know beforehand. We often share fun facts, character bios, behind-the-scenes videos, Spotify playlists and photos. We continually add more info and media as we get closer to our performances.
What Does a Company Dancer Actually Mean?
It means they are a professional, full-time dancer in our company, or group, of dancers, much like an NBA player to an NBA team. Our dancers all proudly live and work here in Columbus but hail from all over the world!
When Do the Dancers Rehearse?
Because this is their full-time job, they come to work five days a week—just like any other job. Typically, they have class for two hours each morning to warm up, and then they go into rehearsals for three hours, with one hour for lunch, followed by another three hours of rehearsal.
Where Can I Get a Drink?
We have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks in concessions at every performance, and yes, you may take them to your seats. Insider tip: You can pre-order your intermission drink before the show and then you won’t have to wait in line!
When Do I Clap?
If you are wowed by something you just saw, please do applaud. At BalletMet, we love to hear clapping. It’s uplifting to those performing, as they can often feel your excitement and energy on stage. So applaud whenever you see fit! Note: Not every ballet company feels this way, so keep that in mind if you happen to be at another company’s performance.
Our Company Dance Members
Our dancers all proudly live and work here in Columbus but hail from all over the world.
Professional Company Auditions
Interested in auditioning for BalletMet’s Professional Company?
Registration is closed for the 23/24 season and will re-open in the Fall of 2024.
BalletMet is committed to the principles of Equity, Anti-Racism and Inclusivity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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