Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser returns with a new event

Kickoff time for Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus fundraiser is 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  Game Day Performance will feature local high school football talents paired with Canton Ballet dancers before a panel of celebrity judges.

A new event has been added to Touchdowns and Tutus—the VIP Pre Game Reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on the Hall of Fame campus includes cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert.

At 7:30 p.m. the Tailgate After Party, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities and performers and a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum, will take place at the Pro Football HOF event center offering specialty tailgate foods, drinks and a cash bar.


The football players were selected at tryouts held last fall at the ballet studios.  Their Canton Ballet company partners were chosen by audition at a later time.  Rehearsals began in early January and will continue to the performance.


The 13 couples who will dance at the Game Day Performance are:


Taylor Adams (Canton Central Catholic sophomore)

Trey Carl (Minerva senior, defensive tackle)


Nicole Belden (Hoover senior)

Darius Stokes (GlenOak senior, wide receiver)


Lauren Compton (Canton Central Catholic senior)

Nolan Goering (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)


Hannah Dunnerstick (GlenOak freshman)

Clayton Tabler (McKinley junior, wide receiver)


Isabella Hellmann (Jackson junior)

Dylan Walczak (Louisville senior, linebacker)


Tamaki Hoshi (St. Thomas Aquinas senior)

Christian Harwood (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, running back)


Margaret Kingsbury (GlenOak senior)

Terrance Mack (GlenOak junior, wide receiver)


Emily Kuntz (GlenOak freshman)

Luke May (St. Thomas Aquinas senior, defensive tackle)


Morgan Lineweaver (Hoover freshman)

Joe Fuchs (Canton Central Catholic senior, left guard)


Anna Mears (Hoover senior)

Connor Fritz (Minerva senior, wide receiver)


Maria Miller (Kolbe Academy sophomore)

Nicholas Oldfield (Alliance, sophomore, defensive end)


Erika Shi (Alliance senior)

Lucas McGuire (Massillon Washington senior, defensive lineman)


Aleesha Singh (Jackson freshman)

Dominic Bowman (Perry senior, safety)


NFL Films Emmy award-winning producer Greg Frith brought his film crew to the tryouts in October and will return to film rehearsals and the final event in March for a documentary about Touchdowns and Tutus.  Select couples will be dancing to music gifted to Canton Ballet’s fundraiser that is exclusively licensed and owned by NFL Films.


Admission for the Game Day Performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 for Preferred Gold seating.  The Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student.  The Pre Game Reception admission is $50 per person.  There is a VIP All Access Pass available for $100 which includes admission to all three events.  Tickets are available online at or call 330.455.7220.


Touchdowns and Tutus is the only known fundraiser performance event that pairs football players and dancers in a competition.  Proceeds will benefit the School of Canton Ballet financial aid and educational outreach programs.


Major sponsors to date are The Canton Repository, O92 radio, Krugliak Wilkins, Martin Sports Productions and Paragraphics.


Canton Ballet alumna Ashley Bettis is founder and chair.  Canton Ballet is a

501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization.  Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.