BalletMet is an American ballet company and academy based in Columbus, Ohio. [1] Located in downtown Columbus, BalletMet facilities include a black box theatre performance space, seven dance studios, administrative offices and costume and scene shops.

General information
Previous namesBallet Metropolitan
FounderDaryl Kamer
Senior staff
Executive DirectorSue Porter
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorEdwaard Liang
Ballet MasterHisham Omardien
Ballet MistressSusan Dromisky
OrchestraColumbus Symphony Orchestra
Official schoolBalletMet Academy

BalletMet's professional company stages 60 to 70 performances each year in Columbus and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and internationally to Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada.

BalletMet operates a dance academy that instructs about 1,500 students of all ages yearly. Classes offered include ballet, tap, modern, and pilates. The current Academy Director is Maria Torija, a former professional dancer with Berlin State Ballet.

BalletMet developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs serving nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program offers up to 60 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and under-served groups, who could not otherwise participate in dance training.

The current company came into existence in July 1978, with a $200,000 grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute Foundation. At that time it consisted of three staff and 12 dancers, and soon hired Wayne Soulant as its first artistic director. By 1997, the company had expanded to 25 dancers.[2] The current company consists of 26 dancers and a second company of 6 dancers.

Artistic directors

  • Wayne Soulant (1978–86)
  • John McFall (1986–94)
  • David Nixon (1995–2001)
  • Gerard Charles (2001–12)
  • Edwaard Liang (2013–present)


BalletMet's current company consists of the following dancers:[3]

* Miguel Anaya
  • Tyleigh Baughman
  • Jessica Brown
  • Leiland Charles
  • Francesca Dugarte
  • Romel Frometa
  • Arielle Friedman
  • Jonathan Jordan
  • Kohhei Kuwana
  • Kristie Latham
  • Sophie Miklosovic
  • William Newton
  • Jim Nowakoski
  • Rachael Parini
  • Austin Powers
  • Grace-Anne Powers
  • Jarrett Reimers
  • Sean Rollofson
  • Marty Roosaare
  • Lisset Santander
  • Michael Sayre
  • Madeline Skelly
  • Gabriel Gaffney Smith
  • Caitlin Valentine-Ellis
  • Carly Wheaton
  • Karen Wing


  1. "Home Page". BalletMet. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  2. Zuck, Barbara (January 1998). "BalletMet: a renaissance in Ohio". Dance Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  3. "Company Members". Retrieved August 28, 2016.

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