Our Mission

To be an advocate for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. The Columbus Ballet strives to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education and culture.

Dance Education

The Columbus Ballet partners with The Columbus State University Department of Continuing Education in the creation of the CSU Dance Conservatory, the official school of The Columbus Ballet.

Dance Performances

The Columbus Ballet has produced several full length classics including the popular, annual Christmas classic, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Serving the Community

The Columbus Ballet serves as a powerful partner within a community in which the performing arts are valued and promoted as an indispensable resource.

Our History

In 1994, Maria Hirsch and Beth Griffin (currently of Arizona Ballet) founded a privately-owned ballet school called The Ballet Workshop to renew the interest of classical dance in the Chattahoochee Valley area.  In 1996, as The Ballet Workshop, Mrs. Hirsch and Mrs. Griffin produced the first full length Nutcracker in the Chattahoochee Valley area in a generation.  They repeated this endeavor in 1997 as well as a spring repertory in 1998 that included the second acts of both ballet classics Giselle and Swan Lake.  By the winter of 1998 The Ballet Workshop had incorporated into a 501(c) (3) and officially changed its name to The Columbus Ballet.
In 2002 The Columbus Ballet partnered with CSU in the creation of the CSU Dance Conservatory, the official school of The Columbus Ballet. This program has grown to reach over 150 students per week providing master classes, school lecture-demonstrations, mini-performances, and professional caliber ballet performances that promote, educate and entertain the residents of the Chattahoochee Valley area.
Over the past 15 years, The Columbus Ballet has performed several full length classics including Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella”, Léo Delibe’s “Coppélia”, and the annual Christmas classic Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The mission of The Columbus Ballet is to be an advocate for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. The Columbus Ballet strives to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture.
The Columbus Ballet’s aims to:

  • Provide outstanding dance education and performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas, and
  • Increase the understanding and appreciation of dance by ensuring high quality dance performances and the support necessary to make these performances possible.

Our strengths include the quality instruction provided by the CSU Dance Conservatory that is unmatched in our community, the qualifications of our staff, the dedication of our students, the support of the parents, and the Board.

Dance is the timeless interpretation of life.


Henry McCoy (President)
Marketing and Programming Coordinator: Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

Dr. Billy Kendall (Secretary)
Director of Community Relations: Greystone Properties

Kannon Haskins, MD. (Treasurer)
Retired physician

Christopher Head, Associate Professor: CSU Theater Department

Alexas Joseph, Adjunct Instructor: Columbus Technical College

Tom Lynch, Director: Safe Gun Technology

Maria Kent, Senior Director: TSYS

Tracy Martin-Immelman, Owner/Director: Pink Pebble Marketing, LLC.

Joseph Miller, Vice President for Enrollment, LaGrange College

Marjorie Newman

Betty Roberts

Dr. Paul Vaillancourt, Professor: CSU Schwob Music Conservatory

Chris Zanga

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