Columbus’ BalletMet ranks among the 15th largest dance companies in the nation, having provided artistic excellence in the field of dance to Central Ohio since 1978. Wayne Soulant was BalletMet's first artistic director and 12 professional dancers were hired for the debut season.
In May 2004, BalletMet made its critically acclaimed Manhattan debut at the renowned Joyce Theater in New York, under the leadership of current artistic director Gerard Charles and artistic associate Stanton Welch.
They’ve certainly come a long way, but that reputation was not built overnight or without extremely hard work. BalletMet’s reputation went worldwide in 1989 with their international debut in Cairo, Egypt and an engagement at the Italica Festival in Seville, Spain in 1993. In 1990, BalletMet moved to its 35,000 square-foot Dance Center, one of the finest facilities in North America.
Consequently, the role of ballet in the Columbus community has changed over the last several years. According to Charles. “BalletMet has grown from a strong grass roots-based ensemble to Columbus’ second largest performing arts organization that has achieved national prominence,” he says. “Our week-long engagement last year in New York was a good example of BalletMet acting as an ambassador for Columbus. We are also lead collaborators with other Columbus arts groups such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Wexner Center, OSU Department of Dance, Phoenix Theatre and Jazz Arts Group, and once again this year we will partner with Cincinnati Ballet to bring performances to Columbus that would not otherwise be seen here.”
BalletMet kicks off their season with Giselle on September 22nd.