Join Our Movement

Even with talented dancers, involved alumni, an innovative artistic staff and outstanding volunteers, Ballet Excel Ohio relies on the support of the community. The Ohio Arts Council, Akron Community Foundation, Peg's Foundation, Clara Faber Foundation, The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, Noble Foundation and many more incredible organizations make Ballet Excel Ohio, and its outreach programs, accessible to the youth of our community.

We recently started an agency endowment fund at Akron Community Foundation as a way to ensure a permanent, predictable stream of funding for our mission. The Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet (dba Ballet Excel Ohio) Fund welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, closely held stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets. Gifts can be made online at or by calling 330-376-8522.

Time Your Impact: Give From Your IRA

An IRA is an appealing way to save for retirement: Make a contribution and enjoy tax savings. But eventually, the tax bill comes due - when you take your annual distributions and again when you leave your assets to heirs. If you want to avoid the tax bite and make an impact on our mission, consider a gift to Ballet Excel Ohio.


If you're 71 or older, you can make a tax-free gift (up to $100,000 per year) to Ballet Excel Ohio. Benefits include:

  • Seeing the difference you're making today.
  • Paying no income taxes on the gift. The trasfer doesn't generate taxable income or a tax deduction.

If you are required to take minimum distributions, your gift can satisfy all or part of your RMD obligation.


You can name Ballet Excel Ohio as a beneficiary of your retirement account. This is a great option for extending support form your IRA beyong you rlifetime. It costs you nothing today. Here's how:

  1. Contact your IRA administrator for a change-of-beneficiary form, or simple download a form from your producer's website.
  2. Name Ballet Excel Ohio and the gift percentage on the form.
  3. Let us know about your plans so we can thank you!

Whether you make your impact at BXO today or after your lifetime, your gift matters. Please contact us to discuss your plans.



Ballet Excel Ohio is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is entirely volunteer run. We are proud of our history of professionalism, and consistently amaze choreographers and the arts professionals with whom we work. Our dedicated group of volunteers (many of them parents of the dancers) donates thousands of hours managing the organization, raising funds, promoting, scheduling and producing the incredible works of art made possible under the Artistic Direction of Mia Klinger.

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Our event sponsors make it all possible! Thank you to Harwick Standard, The Read Family Fund, The Akron Civic Theatre, Continental Heritage Insurance, House of LaRose, ST2, 5/3 Bank and Collide for their generous support of BXO's 2023 Bluegrass and Bourbon Gala.
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A tribute to the founder and visionary “Miss Nan”. Upon her death in 2003, the Nan Klinger Creative Fund was started in her honor to keep the vision and tradition alive of creating original ballets and music for the dancers and community. 


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ROAD® Scholarship Program is comprised of dancers who have graduated from ROAD® and have the desire to train beyond their weekly classes. ROAD® Scholarship Program dancers are selected through an application process held annually, following ROAD®’s End of Year Show.

Click here to learn more about the ROAD® Scholarship Fund

Click here to learn how you can support ROAD Scholarship Program through dancer sponsorship.

For more than 45 years, Ballet Excel Ohio has served the community and has fulfilled its mission by performing ballets that are danced BY CHILDREN AND FOR CHILDREN and their families.

Ballet Excel is a nationally-recognized pre-professional youth ballet company with classically trained dancers, bringing original ballets to local schools and community venues in Northeast Ohio.

Education in the arts is such a critical component to the overall academic success of our young people and remains an important part of the learning process. Performance art training requires intense focus, attention to detail, development of core strength, and provides overall fitness. Ballet Excel is proud of our community programs that help fulfill our mission:

It is because of our community’s generous support and participation that we have been able to provide arts education to children in the Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, and Woodridge school systems through our ROAD® program AT NO COST to the families that participate.