BalletMet is committed to being a leader in collaborative arts education efforts designed to enlighten and inspire today’s young people. It believes that dance is most valuable to the community when it is supported by quality educational initiatives. BalletMet’s Education and Community Engagement programs positively affect the lives of children and adults throughout Central Ohio. The organization makes available to a large and diverse population the opportunity to learn about dance as a viable subject for intellectual growth, health and well-being, social development, and lifelong learning. As the need and demand for arts education programs and services has increased, schools and community organizations have been forced to reduce or eliminate programs due to funding challenges. BalletMet is constantly working to maintain these valuable services and assure accessibility to the arts for underserved populations.
BalletMet’s unique and interactive Education and Community Engagement programs provide substantive, curriculum-based, and age-appropriate offerings designed to fully engage students and teachers in the learning process. A strong emphasis is placed on intensive, multi-week programs to increase educational impact on students. Meaningful classroom learning tools and audience development programs celebrating the rich cultural heritage of dance are also offered.
Research demonstrates that students benefit academically and socially from regular, sustained involvement in the arts and students in art-rich environments experience a positive impact on academic ability, socialization, and engagement in school. All of BalletMet’s Dance-in-Schools programs create an opportunity for students to repeatedly connect with the art of dance through movement-based curriculum that also focuses on age-appropriate cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development in alignment with Ohio Department of Education Standards. Dance-in-Schools programs incorporate the development of skill sets such as:
- Creativity and innovation; critical thinking and problem solving; communication and collaboration
- STEM and Language Arts literacy
- Executive function skills, accountability and leadership
- Interdisciplinary, project-based experiences
Students in experiential programs such as The Wiggle Jig and Moving into Literacy learn critical thinking skills as they observe and participate in dances as well as how to effectively communicate and critique others. In all programs, effective communication and collaboration are enforced as core skills to ensure participants learn how to work together with others.
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space
- Non-Carpeted Floors
- Backstage Area/Dressing Room
- Large space for students to move and dance that is cleaned and free of obstacles.
Videos courtesy of BalletMet.