Ballet Theatre of Ohio (BTO) was founded in 1993 by Artistic Director, Christine Meneer and is currently the largest classical ballet company in Northeast Ohio. For the past 21 years, BTO has presented professional quality full-length classical ballets at the historic Akron Civic Theatre in downtown Akron, Ohio.
The Nutcracker is performed every holiday season and other full-length ballets including Cinderella, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and The Wizard of OZ are presented each spring. BTO attracts the largest ballet audience in Northeast Ohio. In addition, collaborations with other area organizations such as the Akron Public Schools, the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens have enabled the company to educate, enrich and entertain the Akron community. In total, BTO reaches over 17,000 people yearly.
BTO offers many performing opportunities for young children in our community. As many as 100 children (ages 5-18), including pre-professional members of BTO and younger dancers from the community, are invited each year to perform on stage with BTO professional dancers.