Canton Ballet will hold Touchdowns and Tutus football player participation auditions on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Canton Ballet studios located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH starting at 5PM.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.

Launched in 2017, Touchdowns and Tutus proved to be very well received by the participants as well as the sponsors and general public.  So much so that this year Greg Frith, an Emmy Award winning Producer/Director for NFL Films, will be on site at Canton Ballet to film the tryouts and event performance.

Frith has produced and directed a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.

Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly leading up to the event on March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located in McKinley High School on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  All student athletes under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent-signed release waiver prior to the tryout.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet.  The event pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas.  Each couple rehearses a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.

To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220 Monday throughThursday, 10AM-6PM.  Release waivers are available by emailing: and requesting one.  For all other event related information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

About Canton Ballet: Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark county community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.  Mission statement: Canton Ballet is a non-profit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the art of dance within the local community and dedicated to providing the highest artistic quality of instruction by operating a preprofessional company with performance opportunities for the serious or career oriented student.