Toledo Ballet Takes Summer Programs Outside to Metroparks Toledo

Published Monday, June 15, 2020 9:00 am

Toledo Ballet announced today that its summer ballet pre-intensives and a variety of classes led by Toledo Ballet faculty will now be held outside at the Sycamore Shelter at Wildwood Preserve Metropark beginning June 22.

“The idea to take our classes outdoors was driven by safety but also by inspiration,” says Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director for Toledo Ballet. “The fresh air and beautiful scenery at Wildwood provide the perfect atmosphere for creative learning and artistic growth. We just secured flooring so we are fully equipped to do what we need to take our dancers to the next level.”                                                                                                            

“Cultural agencies are working together to make the best of the current situation with creative, fun ideas.” said Scott Carpenter, Director of Public Relations for Metroparks Toledo. “Bringing the arts into the parks is one of the beautiful results of these ongoing collaborations.”

Toledo Ballet’s summer pre-intensives are half-day classes designed for students who want to further develop and refine their skills. The four-day pre-intensives include a Wednesday masterclass taught by this year’s summer intensive instructors, professional dancers and master teachers from Miami City Ballet. The week concludes with an outside performance for parents and families, weather permitting.

WEEK 1: JUNE 22-26, 2020

10:00 AM-12:30 PM Ballet Pre-Intensives
Masterclass with Ashley Knox, International Dancer and Soloist with Miami City Ballet, only on Wednesday, June 24 from 9:15 AM-12:00 PM

WEEK 2: JULY 20-24, 2020

10:00 AM-12:30 PM Ballet Pre-Intensives
Masterclass with Melissa Gelfin, Principal Dancer of Cincinnati Ballet, only on Wednesday, July 22 from 9:15 AM-12:00 PM

WEEK 3: JULY 27-31, 2020

10:00 AM-12:30 PM Ballet Pre-Intensives
Masterclass with Renato Penteado, former Principal Dancer of Miami City Ballet, only on Wednesday, July 29 from 9:15 AM-12:00 PM

The Toledo Ballet is continuing to follow the health and safety guidelines recommended by the State of Ohio to establish the safest learning environment for all.

Registration is available now online at For more information on the Toledo Ballet’s summer programs, call 419.471.0049 or email Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director for Toledo Ballet at


Toledo Ballet is a pre-professional dance company that inspires the passions and spirit of the Toledo community through dance. Under the artistic leadership of Artistic Director Lisa Mayer-Lang and Resident Choreographer Michael Lang, the Toledo Ballet provides quality dance instruction and exceptional performance opportunities to over 250 students throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan annually.

Founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, Toledo Ballet continues to offer quality dance education that span all ages and ability levels. Classes include ballet, contemporary, tap, tumbling, and Adaptive Dance, a unique class providing those with special needs an opportunity to learn to move in ways that come naturally to them. Acting, voice, musical theater, and conditioning (TRX, Pilates) are also offered at the school. In addition, Toledo Ballet brings in world-renowned, professional dancers each year to lead its summer intensive programs, drawing students from across the region seeking to advance their skills.

Toledo Ballet students have competed at the national and international level, including the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest international student ballet competition, and many have pursued dance professionally at some of the most prestigious ballet institutions in the nation, including New York City Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Dance Contemporary in Dayton, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco. Students have been admitted into distinguished programs such as the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, and many others.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. Stemming from a decades-long partnership and presentation of the longest-running production of The Nutcracker in the nation, this merger is one of only a few in the nation and promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.


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