FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2014
BalletMet Columbus Names Timothy Lynch
New BalletMet Dance Academy Director
COLUMBUS, OH- Following an extensive national search, BalletMet has named Timothy Lynch as the new Director of the BalletMet Dance Academy. Lynch will take the helm beginning July 1, 2014. Since 2003 he has been a faculty member at Pacific Northwest Ballet School where he continues to choreograph and help shape the men’s program.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my experience as a professional dancer, instructor and artistic director with the students at BalletMet," said Lynch. "Being able to help mold the skills and the lives of future dancers and to support and encourage the talented Dance Academy staff is a huge honor and privilege, and one I don’t take lightly."
Lynch received his dance training from the School of American Ballet and danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1993-2003. In December 2013, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was granted an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2005. He has been guest faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington and Western Washington University. He earned the KOMO Kids First Award for mentoring local youth in 2011, and the Dance Educators Association of Washington honored him as Dance Educator of the Year in 2012. In 2007 he founded Seattle Dance Project where he is both Artistic Director and a dancer.
“We’re delighted to welcome Timothy Lynch as our new Academy Director. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a teacher, dancer and choreographer. BalletMet strives to achieve the highest quality dance performance and instruction – and that’s what we’re getting with our new Academy Director,” said Edwaard Liang, Artistic Director. “He and his wife, Alexandra Dickson, and their three children, will be relocating to Columbus from Seattle this summer. Alexandra also has a wonderful background in dance as a teacher and former soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet.”
The search committee, formed in fall 2013, included a cross section of seasoned dance professionals, board members, and administrators, including Jane D’Angelo, Executive Director of Ohio Dance.
The committee was led by the Immediate Past Chair of BalletMet’s Board of Trustees, Mary Duffey, who said, “After months of reviewing resumes and interviewing highly qualified applicants from across the nation, the committee was unanimous in choosing Tim Lynch. We thought his experience, intelligence and warmth was an especially good fit for our Academy and for Columbus. That Tim Lynch and his family are making the move from the West Coast speaks not only of his excitement to work with BalletMet, but also about the energy, openness and creativity of our community.”
Lynch will succeed Susan Brooker who has been the Academy Director for the past six years. She will be moving to Connecticut where she will continue to serve on the Artistic Board of Examiners and Instructors for the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and teach throughout the United States and Europe. As a specialist in ballet pedagogy and curriculum development, she has helped to refine the BalletMet Dance Academy curriculum, initiated the Performance Ensembles and Junior Intensive, increased enrollment in the Pre-Professional Training Program and facilitated BalletMet’s certification to offer intensive training in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.
ABOUT BALLETMET COLUMBUS
BalletMet Columbus, renowned for its versatility and innovative repertory, ranks among the nation’s largest dance companies. Its Dance Academy ranks among the top five largest dance-training centers affiliated with a professional company in the country, offering over 300 classes each week to students ages 4 to 84.
Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has made the commission and performance of new works a core organizational priority, with more than 150 BalletMet Premieres and hundreds of Columbus Premieres performed throughout our history. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve nearly 30,000 people annually. The DanceReach program also offers up to 60 scholarships each year to talented youth, many from minority and underserved groups, who could not otherwise participate. BalletMet stages 60 to 70 performances each year at home and on tour. In the past, the company has toured 28 U.S. states and countries such as Russia, Poland, Egypt, Spain and Canada.