322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Downtown
The economy was brutal to every arts organization in town. Some crumbled, while others trudged on. BalletMet managed to stage another amazing season, and Alive readers took notice. During the past year, audiences saw classics like "Swan Lake," unique original works such as "Jazz Moves Take 2" and world-premiere choreography by a number of resident dancers. Each performance showcased solid classical training, the ability to incorporate groundbreaking modern styles and, most of all, an overpowering desire to make dancing fun for everyone.
Runners-up: Columbus Dance Theatre, Anna & the Annadroids