March 9, 2019

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.

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  Gold Jacket Lounge on Pro Football Hall of Fame campus will consist of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a private concert and cost $75 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. A VIP All Access Pass costs $125 and includes Pre Game Reception, GOLD Seating, and the HOF Tailgate After Party.  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
To be announced.

NFL Films is currently producing a Touchdowns and Tutus documentary of the 2018 Touchdowns and Tutus performance.  Emmy Award winning producer/director Greg Frith brought his film crew to Canton to film the football player tryouts, rehearsals, and the big event.

2017 Participants

2019 Participating Couples (Canton Ballet dancer and football player)

To be announced.



2018 Donors and Sponsors
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