Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron, Ohio

Sponsored by the City of Akron, The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival has been established to honor the legacy of the legendary founding Artistic Director of Ohio Ballet, and continues the tradition of free public performances by respected dance companies, each presenting a unique dance experience, but all sharing the common thread of Poll's commitment to the highest artistic standards. 

This Festival is a tribute to Poll's legacy and a gift of the performing arts to the people of Greater Akron.

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What is the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival?

Watch this short video detailing Heinz Poll and his legacy as it pertains to dance in North East Ohio.

The 8th Annual
Heinz Poll Dance Festival

Sunday Symphonies Extended Weekend Arts Experience

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Overseeing the Summer Dance Festival

About the Co-Founders

Akron Dance Festival 2015 Schedule

Continuing Akron's unique 42 year tradition of presenting free dance performances in the parks during the summer, The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival has been established to honor the legacy of the legendary founding Artistic Director of Ohio Ballet.  Free public performances by respected Ohio dance companies, each presenting a unique dance experience, reflect the common thread of Poll's commitment to the highest artistic standards.

Since the 2006 demise of Ohio Ballet's Summer Festival that was founded in 1974 and supported by the City of Akron since 1975, there was no ready outlet for dance in Akron.  The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival has expanded the offerings so  that there are now 16 to 18 separate ballets offered each summer.  Attendance averages about ten thousand per season.

Neos Dance Theater
Firestone Park - July 24, 25

GroundWorks Dance Theater
Gleandale Cemetery - July 31, August 1

Verb Ballets
Hardesty Park - August 7, 8

Philadanco!
Philadelphia Dance Co.
Goodyear Metro Park - August 14, 15

Master Classes

Each Saturday during the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival, local residents can take advantage of Master Classes...