March 10, 2018

Get ready for an exciting dance event as Northeast Ohio’s local high school football talents are paired with Canton Ballet dancers to perform before a panel of celebrity judges at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus.  This fun and family friendly event includes a separate admission HOF Tailgate After Party with a Celebrity Meet and Greet followed by a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Videographers will document the journey of the players with rehearsals, behind-the-scene footage and interviews by David Lee Morgan, Jr., author of LeBron James: The Rise of a Star at the event. It will also be shared with the community through social media and Canton Ballet and Pro Football Hall of Fame websites.

Touchdowns & Tutus is conceived of and chaired by Ashley Bettis, a Canton Ballet alumna, former professional dancer and current member of the ballet’s board of trustees. 

The VIP Pre Game Reception at the Zimmermann Symphony Center on Pro Football Hall of Fame campus will consist of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert and cost $50 person.  Admission for the Touchdowns and Tutus performance is $25 adult, $15 student and $35 Preferred Gold Seating. The HOF Tailgate After Party admission is $25 adult and $15 student. Tickets are available online at or call 330.455.7220.    

Proceeds from Touchdowns & Tutus will benefit School of Canton Ballet financial aid, educational outreach and live music for all ballet classes. Canton Ballet studios and offices are located at the Cultural Center for the Arts in downtown Canton.

Celebrities Appearing
Featured celebrities will include first round draft pick and Oakland Raider quarterback EJ Manuel, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, Sr. and Olympic gymnastic team Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu.

NFL Films is producing a Touchdowns and Tutus documentary.  Emmy Award winning producer/director Greg Frith brought his film crew to the football player tryouts in October.  They will return to film a rehearsal at Canton Ballet and then again for the big evening on March 10f

2017 Participants

2018 Participating Couples (Canton Ballet dancer and football player)

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)

Kylee Behringer
Anna Bettis
Ashley Bettis
Angelo Lemmo
Joy Raub
Alanna Yoder
Leslie Yoder

Menka Misheff
Christy Donnelly
Tori Suba

Donors and Sponsors to date
Canton Repository

Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty
Martin Sports Productions

Acme Fresh Market Foundation
Omni Orthopedics
Mercy Medical Center
Robert J. Events
Bonefish Grill

Herbert W. Hoover Foundation
Canton Parks and Recreation

Canton Chamber of Commerce
Akron Children’s Hospital
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Young Truck Sales, Inc
91 Restaurant Group
Nick Strimbu, Inc.
Bomba Tacos