Even as burlesque seductively sways onto the Columbus dance scene and other professional troupes give stunning performances, no one can touch the dancers of BalletMet. Last year they showed their prowess in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Carmina Burana" and stepped in and out of pointe shoes for "American Legends," dancing to works created for them by legendary choreographers.
Meanwhile, BalletMet dancer Adrienne Benz was named one of "25 to Watch" by the industry's bible, Dance magazine. And, as always, "The Nutcracker" drove thousands to Ohio Theatre to see the classic story told through pirouettes and plies.
Runners-up: Columbus Dance Theatre, Viva and the Velvet Hearts