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.
Continuing Akron's unique 48 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 presents as many as 18-20 separate
dance pieces offered each summer. Attendance averages about ten thousand per season.
ALL DANCE PROGRAMS BEGIN AT 8:45 PM ~ CHILDREN'S INTERACTIVE PROGRAM 7:45 PM
July 29, 30
Forest Lodge Park
(by the ballfield on Jefferson Ave.)
GroundWorks Dance Theater
August 5, 6
(in between N. and S. Firestone Blvd. – Firestone neighborhood)
Aug 12, 13
Goodyear Heights Metro Park
(2077 Newton St., Akron, Ohio 44305)
Children’s Free Dance Classes
As part of its outreach program to neighborhoods in which the performances occur each week, free “Beginners Dance” classes
will be offered for children 6-10 years old. Classes held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am.
July 26-28 ~ Firestone Park Community Center ~ (1480 Girard Ave., Akron, OH 44301 – 330-375-2806)
August 2-4 ~ Reservoir Park Community Center ~ (1235 Hillside Terrace, Akron, OH – 330-375-2802)
August 9-11 ~ Northwest Community Center ~ (1730 Shatto Ave., Akron, OH 44313 – 330-375-2849)
All classes are taught by professional dancers with Inlet Dance Theatre. The sessions are free, and no prior experience
or advance registration is necessary.
Interactive Dance Events
Inlet Dance Theatre & Djapo Cultural Arts Institute
Inlet Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Djapo Cultural Arts Institute (W African dance) presents three Interactive
Performance/ Workshop events. Attendee participation and interaction is encouraged.
All Performances are at 1PM
July 25 – Joy Park Community Center (825 James Ingram Way, Akron, OH 44306 – 330-375-2805)
August 3 – Patterson Park Community Center (800 Patterson Ave., Akron, OH 44310 – 330-375-2819)
August 10 – Summit Lake Community Center (380 W. Crosier St., Akron, OH 44311 – 330-375-2826)
Dance Stage to be shared with Akron Symphony Ensemble on Sundays
The City of Akron will extend the use of its weekend dance stage to Sunday nights again this summer for a series of three free
admission concerts by the Akron Symphony Ensemble, under the direction of Christopher Wilkins and Eric Benjamin. Each ensemble
performance begins at 7:30pm.
July 31 – Forest Lodge Park
August 7 - Firestone Park
August 14 – Goodyear Heights Metro Park
Local residents can take advantage of Master Classes...