Ballet Excel Ohio Awarded 2020-2021 Morgan Impact Award 11/11/21

Ballet Excel Ohio (BXO), under the artistic direction of Mia Klinger, has received the esteemed 2020 -2021 Morgan Impact Award for Excellence in Arts. On November 11, Peg’s Foundation recognized BXO as was one of five recipients at their annual grand event held at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.


After last March's cancellation of the original ballet "The Snow Queen: A Frozen Fairytale" the night before opening and three more attempted reschedulings, the show finally will go on 15 months later, June 12 and 13 at the Akron Civic Theatre.

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Pop-Up Performance

Ballet Excel Ohio dancers 'Happy' to bring pop-up performance to Falls 9/30/20 - Akron Beacon Journal

Young dancers from Ballet Excel Ohio brought some joy to the Front Street area of Cuyahoga Falls Saturday by giving two pop-up performances to diners and passersby next to Leo's Italian Social and near the amphitheater to the south.

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I ❤ SHAPES and The Snow Queen: dance in the schools, costumes, and costs 3/12/20 - Cleveland Concert Dance

Ballet Excel Ohio (BXO) has been combining hard-working, talented young pre-professional ballet students with original choreography since 1975. The school and company are notably diverse, with 30% of the young dancers from minorities or underserved groups. We want to talk about the dancing in the program, look into the reason for the company’s diversity, and tell a recent success story.

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Young ballet dancers warm to frozen fairy tale 3/11/20 - Akron Beacon Journal

Ballet Excel Ohio (BXO) is performing the new work “The Snow Queen,” created for the pre-professional company by longtime collaborator Tom Gold, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet. The ballet, dubbed “a frozen fairy tale,” is based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale that inspired the hit Disney movie “Frozen.”

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Ballet Excel Ohio dances new steps in ‘The Snow Queen’ 3/8/20 - Akron Beacon Journal

The audience will have to take a deep breath to keep pace with the Ballet Excel Ohio dancers as they create the world premiere of “The Snow Queen” ballet to the fast-paced choreography by Tom Gold.

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Ballet Excel’s ‘Snow Queen’ offering magic, fun 3/5/20 - Akron.com

The Akron Civic Theatre stage will become a magical winter wonderland as Ballet Excel Ohio presents “The Snow Queen” March 14-15. Ballet Excel Ohio started out as the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet in 1975 and was renamed in 2013 “to simplify and expand the coverage region,” according to Artistic Director Mia Klinger.

“We are one of the oldest companies in the country and are presenting our 45th season,” said Klinger.

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Ballet TitleChoreographerSeason Premiere
A Christmas CarolTom Gold37th
A Midsummer Night's Dream (variations)Erich Yetter38th
American VignettesCatherine Oppenheimer, Frances Patrelle20th
At my BESTTom Evert33rd
Ballet of the Angels (woodland scene from Hansel and Gretal opera)Nan Klinger1st
Beauty and the BeastTom Gold38th
Bus StopLori Klinger16th
Carnival of the AnimalsJames Sewell16th
City of AkronFrances Patrelle25th
CliquesTom Smith38th
Color Me Red, Color Me Yellow, Color Me BlueTom Evert15th
Fancy NancyFrances Patrelle34th
Four Decades of Dance: A Tribute to Nan KlingerTom Gold40th
FriendshipNan Klinger2nd
Girls SchoolVladimir Dokoudovsky2nd
HappyTom Gold39th
I Love ShapesTom Evert13th
Ida's FlowersMichael Vernon8th
Johnny AppleseedMichael Vernon9th
Joplin JamboreeTom Gold37th
Madeline at the CircusFrances Patrelle28th
Miss Spider's Tea PartyJames Sewell21st
Mole MusicBill Hastings26th
Nancy Drew's Scarlet Slipper MysteryMichael Vernon14th
Nutcracker SwingsFrances Patrelle32nd
Out on a LimbJohn Selya23rd
Peter and the WolfVladimir Dokoudovsky1st
Peter PanLaszlo Berdo32nd
PinocchioErich Yetter40th
Romantic SuiteMichael Byars17th
Scherzo a' la RusseGeorge Balanchine22nd
School DazeMichael Vernon29th
SeasoningTom Gold28th
Snow QueenTom Gold44th
Snow WhiteLaszlo Berdo31st
Spirit of the CuyahogaJames Sewell17th
Symphonic NANsenseTom Gold35th
The Adventures of Wynken, Blynken and NodMichael Vernon11th
The Birthday WishDavid Richardson5th
The Empty PotFrances Patrelle24th
The Enchanted ToyshopNan Klinger4th
The Fly Away FlockMichael Vernon13th
The Little MermaidTom Gold36th
The Magic FluteErich Yetter42nd
The Magic LeafCatherine Oppenheimer19th
The Nutcracker, Act IIJohn Prinz3rd
The Princess and the PeaMichael Byars15th
The SunflowerNan Klinger1st
The Wand of YouthKaren Gabay30th
Three Visions of BachJames Sewell, Catherin Oppenheimer, Tom Smith18th
Through the Looking GlassMichael Vernon12th