We Strive to Inspire

Together, we build a vibrant, caring and creative community that enriches lives and shapes the future.

  • 75,000 BalletMet audience members are inspired by world-class art and artists
  • 30,000 students become better learners through BalletMet movement and wellness programs
  • $245,000 in scholarships enable BalletMet Dance Academy students to follow their passion
  • 19,000 participants experience free “Soar on Saturdays” dance classes and access live community performances
Tickets

Interested in attending more than one performance?

Create your own BalletMet experience with our subscription packages, the most flexible and affordable way to see the ballet.

Group Sales and Discounts

Group Sales

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.

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College Student Discounts

College student rush tickets are available for $15 at the theatre starting two hours prior to showtime with a valid college ID. Dependent on availability.

Academy Student Discount

Academy students are eligible for discounted tickets.  For more details, please contact the BalletMet Box Office at 614-229-4848 or [email protected].

Touring

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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.

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Where do I buy tickets?

Single tickets can be purchased at https://secure.balletmet.org/events 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.

How do I avoid ticket scammers?

The only official ticket sources to BalletMet events are the CAPA Ticket Center and the BalletMet Box Office. 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 buy 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 of 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 CAPA Ticket Center or the BalletMet Box Office.
  • 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.
Where Do You Perform?

BalletMet performs at the Ohio TheatreThe Davidson Theatre (located inside the Vern Riffe Center) and sometimes at our own black box theatre located on our campus.

Where can I park?

Click here to view parking information for each of our performance locations.

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:

  • Classical
    • 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.
  • Contemporary
    • 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 factscharacter bios, behind-the-scenes videosSpotify 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.

Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

December 10-26, 2021

Images by Jennifer Zmuda