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Who we are

Ohio Contemporary Ballet formerly Verb Ballets is an action-oriented company that commissions and makes new dance works, preserves contemporary repertory, and builds community through performances and educational programs.  Verb honors the deep roots of the ballet-based companies that preceded it in the Great Lakes region, including the all-female contemporary dance collective from which it draws its origin.  Today, the company maintains its history of female leadership under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson and has sought to promote diversity among its dancers, staff, and board in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and country of origin.  The company strives to commission new works while maintaining dance virtuosity and production excellence on par with the historic leading companies of the region.

Company Vision

Ohio Contemporary Ballet formerly Verb Ballets envisions a company that builds community, at home and abroad, utilizing dance.  The company seeks to attract and maintain top creative talent with a company that reflects diverse backgrounds.  The company provides a stage for choreographers who elevate marginalized voices and reflect our times.  Ohio Contemporary Ballet continuously strives to promote equity in the field and to be an organization that embraces antiracism.

Community Mission

Ohio Contemporary Ballet formerly Verb Ballets engages people through bold performances rooted in contemporary ballet and strives to be a vital community asset by providing access to dance opportunities and education in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

confident and polished, the Verb’s dancers shone

Dance International MagazineSteve Sucato

classical ballet with a dash of American modern dance” International dance critics review

International dance critic

Dashes preconceptions ...with keen dramatic power.

The Plain Dealer

(dancers) created an intimate fluidity that left viewers breathless

Akron Beacon JournalKerry Clawson