A Rich History of Providing the Highest Quality Dance Instruction, Training, and Performance in the Region
The Toledo Ballet was founded in 1939 by Marie Bollinger Vogt, originating at the Bach Conservatory near downtown Toledo. Throughout its 75 year history, the Toledo Ballet has been a leader in the regional performing arts community by cultivating the love of dance through superb education, performance, and outreach. Toledo Ballet boasts the oldest continuously running annual Nutcracker in the entire country.
Older than both the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Opera, The Toledo Ballet provides the highest quality of instruction by a faculty that has trained with professional companies internationally. The school is led by Lisa Mayer Lang and Michael Lang. Lisa is an ABT (American Ballet Theatre) Certified Instructor who danced professionally in New York City for 20 years and trained under the direction of some of the best ballet masters in the world. Michael has been the resident Artistic Director and Choreographer for the Toledo Ballet since 2007 and draws from more than 30 years of training and a performing career that has taken him all over the world. Through their leadership and instruction, students are encouraged and nurtured to achieve the highest standards of artistic accomplishment through constant development in the pursuit of artistic excellence.
Moving from the Bach Conservatory to Cricket West in the 1960s, the Toledo Ballet moved to the Franklin Park Mall in 1980. In February 2015, the school moved to their brand new, state-of-the-art studio at 5327 Monroe Street in the Monroe Street Square Shopping Center, where they continue to offer a secure, welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere for families of aspiring young dancers who are seeking quality instruction and performance opportunities in a nurturing environment for their child or young adult.