One of the top dozen dance companies in the U.S., BalletMet performs a varied repertoire of classic and contemporary dance.. The Company Founded in 1978, the company was first funded by a grant from Columbus' Battelle Memorial Institute. BalletMet tours nationally and internationally and presents three to four repertory programs every year. It is perhaps best known for providing a Christmas tradition to the general public in Central Ohio each December with delightful performances of "The Nutcracker" at one of the historic downtown theaters.
The Academy In 1980, BalletMet opened its Dance Academy, which is now the fifth largest in the country, with dance classes for ages 4 through 84 and a Dance-in-Schools program. The organization also provides tours of its 35,000-square-foot Dance Centre, offers rental space and a speaker's bureau and holds fund-raisers in order to keep the academy going.