BalletMet Updates

Updated 5/20

We know we are all still going through challenging times and we wanted to take a moment to share what has been going on at BalletMet in the last few weeks.
Since our studios closed in March, we’ve been able to bring world-class dance to our virtual audience in many creative ways, with our Academy hosting over 70 Zoom classes each week and our company and artistic teams offering many interactive online experiences, from livestreams to Q&As and more.
As we look toward the next few weeks and months, we are exploring ways to bring small groups back into our building and restructuring our summer intensives to include in-person and virtual classes.
Once we know more about when and how area theatres can reopen, we’ll (excitedly!) share plans for our 20/21 season, with the promise to continue to entertain, engage and educate through dance—however we can.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us through these trying times. There is still much to do, and we’re grateful for your continued support.

Updated 4/14

“During this time, I think it’s really important to hold on to our humanity. And what better way than with the arts?” – Edwaard Liang, Artistic Director

We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and finding some moments of joy and peace as we all navigate these uncertain times. We wanted to share a few updates about what is happening at BalletMet.

Many of you continue to ask how you can help ensure the success of BalletMet in the future. We are so grateful for those of you who have already made a gift to BalletMet. We are committed to bringing world-class dance back to the studio and stage as soon as possible, but we know we need everyone’s help to make that happen. If you are able, make a gift today.

The Federal CARES Act provides increased tax deductions for charitable contributions made in cash for all individuals. Non-itemizers are allowed to deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions. The Act also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize deductions, raising it from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%

HOW YOU CAN HELP

OUR ACADEMY

Our downtown studios remain closed and will reopen when Governor DeWine determines it is safe but we know our students want to continue to dance. We have an amazing and innovative faculty which allows us to continue to offer class videos and more than 60 live virtual classes for our students each week.

VIRTUAL DANCE ACADEMY

COMMUNITY

Now more than ever, we want to be a helpful community resource, which means looking for new ways to make dance accessible to our audiences. We continue to provide distance learning for the Reynoldsburg School District. We are regularly uploading free movement classes and workshops, suitable for all ages, onto our YouTube page. Head there to enjoy ballet-inspired crafts, try a five-minute meditation or learn a new dance. Follow us on social media for performance clips, dancer Q&As and fun content: @balletmet.

FREE COMMUNITY RESOURCES

OUR PERFORMANCES

You may have heard by now that we’ve decided to postpone all performances of Carmen.maquia to next season. We are grateful that our audiences will still be able to enjoy this wonderful ballet. Performance dates and times will be announced when we share our full 20/21 season. Ticket holders should have received information regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact our Box Office at boxoffice@balletmet.org.

Due to Governor DeWine’s extensions of the Stay at Home orders, we have made the difficult decision to cancel New Voices bringing our performance season to an end. We know you share in our disappointment of not being able to celebrate our rising choreographers, and we thank them and all of our dancers for their artistry and dedication. Ticket holders should have received information regarding next steps. If you have questions, please contact our Box Office at boxoffice@balletmet.org.

OUR STAFF

Our current circumstances have caused us to temporarily layoff many of our staff. This is the hardest decision anyone in the current leadership of BalletMet has ever had to make especially as we know how dedicated our staff is to BalletMet. During this layoff we will continue to pay for employee health insurance until at least June 30, 2020. ​

Updated 3/16

Like you, we are still very much trying to find our  footing amidst this ever-changing crisis, but we have put certain measures in place to ensure the safety and well being of our artists, staff, students and patrons.
As we receive new information, we promise to keep you updated on how we’re moving forward via email and on social media.
Updated 3/12
As our state continues to make recommendations and issue orders regarding public gatherings, the following updates are necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
BalletMet Dance Academy will close, for at least 3 weeks pending further guidance. Academy families will be kept up to date via email with any new and pertinent information. Please reach out to academy@balletmet.org with questions.
Performances of CARMEN.maquia will be postponed to next season.  All tickets will be honored and further information will be sent directly to all current ticket buyers via email. Contact our Box Office at boxoffice@balletmet.org with questions.
BalletMet’s company audition on March 22 in Columbus will be cancelled. Dancers who’d like to be considered for the upcoming season can send an audition video to companyauditions@balletmet.org.
As a nonprofit arts organization, BalletMet’s resources are put to the test during local and global crises such as this.
We so appreciate our community’s continued support to help us and our fellow local arts organizations return to the studio and stage as soon as possible.
Be well,
BalletMet