Momentum-Excellence Inc.
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500 South Front Street, Suite 965
Columbus, OH 43215
Ms. Molly Rutledge  
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CEO/Executive Director
Mrs. Monica Kridler
Founding Artistic Director
Board Chair
Ms. Stacey Borowicz
Dinsmore & Shohl

Engage children in dance, music, and performance to develop lifelong habits of self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We reached nearly 1,000 central Ohio school children, 32 teachers, 15 principals, and over 5,000 audience members through our programs during the school year.

  • We hired a new operations manager, expanded our office space, and appointed board chair, Stacey Borowicz. Momentum University (MoU) summer camp was lengthened to two weeks with a final performance at the Columbus Commons in August.

  • We finished our fiscal year in the black, continuing our impeccable financial track record. We completed our annual audit in September.

  • Momentum XO students were invited to collaborate with BalletMet, Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus in two of the Twisted performances.


  • We will use the past fiscal year to forecast and plan for our long-term artistic and financial needs.

  • We will investigate new ways to work with preschool-aged early learners.

  • We will enhance our donor relationships through stewardship that will facilitate opportunities to witness the powers of Momentum.

  • We will revamp our website and create a social media strategy.

  • We will use quantitative and qualitative measurement resources to further track the impact of our work on students, teachers, and the community.

Background Statement

Momentum uses dance, music, and performance to help children grow into better students and successful adults. Highly skilled teaching artists work weekly with more than 1,000 students in 15 elementary schools teaching life skills and making students better citizens through dance, music, and performance. Founded in 2003 by Monica Kridler, this program is based on the nationally acclaimed method of teaching children originated by world famous dancer Jacques d’Amboise over 40 years ago.

Statement from Mrs. Monica Kridler, Founding Artistic Director

Over 13 years ago, I founded Momentum, an acclaimed program of dance education that uses movement, music, and performance to put thousands of the most vulnerable children in Columbus on the path toward life-long success. This year alone, 15 school principals and 35 classroom teachers enabled more than 1,000 fourth grade boys and girls to participate in Momentum dance classes in their gyms during the school day, every week of the school year. These adults have seen the impact Momentum has on developing core values and life skills that stick in the classroom and throughout life



Mrs. Monica Kridler, 
Term Start 9/2016 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

The granddaughter of the first ballet instructor in Akron, OH, and the daughter of an avid ballet devotee, Akron native Monica Kridler was moved to dance at an early age. Mrs. Kridler studied classical ballet with Nan Klinger in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Heinz Poll at the Ohio Ballet and received a scholarship for summer study at the School of American Ballet. She earned a fine arts degree in art history from Wheaton College, Massachusetts, followed by work at Blossom Music Center near her hometown of Akron. Mrs. Kridler has held numerous volunteer leadership positions and is a member of the board of directors of the Ohio Arts Council. She founded Momentum, a National Dance Institute affiliate program in Columbus over 13 years ago.

Ms. Molly Rutledge, 
Biographical Statement

Molly Rutledge earned her bachelor of arts degree in art history and ceramics from Kent State University. She is a 2016 Riffe Gallery fellow.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff: 11 
Number of Volunteers: 50 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

Momentum is collaborating with the following organizations:

1. The Harmony Project Children's Choir;

2. The Boys and Girls Club middle school students who participate in Momentum University; and

3. United Preparatory Academy first grade students who participate in a six-week residency.

Government Licenses Education
National Affiliations National Dance Institute
Associates of National Dance Institute


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Ms. Stacey Borowicz,
Board Chair Term 9/2016 -  9/2017  
Board Members
Ms. Karen Bell,  
Ms. Lisa Briya,  
Ms. Julie Exner,  
Mr. Ben Maiden,  
Ms. Barbara Markus,  
Ms. Rochelle Wilkerson,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 88% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 29%
Gender Female 88%
  Male 12%
Race African-American/Black 12%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 88%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


School-Year Program

In the school year program, a Momentum senior instructor, a trainee instructor, and a piano accompanist lead fourth grade boys and girls in weekly 45-minute dance classes during the school day for 30 weeks. Every child participates, including those with disabilities or behavior challenges. Momentum classes are fast-paced, demanding, and joyful. Children learn choreography for the year-end performance and in the process develop life-skills of self-discipline, teamwork, determination, and striving for excellence. Every class includes The Big Four: Do My Best, Work Hard, Never Give Up, and Be Healthy. 

The year-end performance, held in May at the Capitol Theatre, brings all of the Momentum dancers from around the city together to present a cohesive, hour-long show. The children realize that because they worked hard as individuals every week they can contribute to the success of an even bigger group during their year-end performances. Currently, this program is in 15 schools.

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The demand for the Momentum program has placed many schools on a wait-list for the school-year program. Therefore, Momentum conducts a four to eight week residency program so that more children and educators can benefit. The residency program includes a compressed version of the school-year program, culminating in a performance in the school gymnasium for the entire school and participants' family members to enjoy. Momentum anticipates four to six residencies this year.

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Team eXcel and Team eXtraOrdinary

Team eXcel (XL) and Team eXtraOrdinary (XO) take place during the school year, beginning in late fall and running through May. Annually, 50 students are served through 15 sessions. Through Team XL, Momentum serves current fourth graders, while Team XO is for fourth grade graduates who have shown exceptional talent and passion to engage with Momentum teachers beyond the traditional school day. Momentum also provides a weekend program for members of both teams. Members of Team XL and Team XO, who come from around the city, learn more advanced choreography and solo parts for the year-end performance. During the process, XL and XO members join together through the arts to grow physically, emotionally, and artistically with like-minded peers.

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Momentum University

Momentum University (Mo U) is a two-week summer program for members of Teams XL and XO. Participating Mo U school age students spend each morning choreographing and rehearsing original dances. Afternoons are spent creating sets, props, and costumes for the culminating performance at the Columbus Commons. Each day features a “mini” lesson presented by a guest speaker on a topic related to Momentum’s core value of teaching critical lifelong skills. Topics include: nutrition, college readiness, financial literacy, and relationship management. We serve approximately 30 students during each session.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Projected Revenue $473,000
Projected Expense $473,000
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Direct Support $364,522  $235,737 
Direct Support Foundations $115,494  $43,033 
Direct Support Corporations $4,025  $8,156 
Direct Support Individuals $154,596  $159,563 
Direct Support Unspecified $90,407  $24,985 
Government $500 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $21,810  $52,340 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
In-kind $20,968 
Other $6,665 
TOTAL REVENUE $413,965  $288,577 

Expense by Type

  2015   2014   2013  
Programs $161,885  $235,629 
Administration $25,254  $16,524 
Fundraising $12,227 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $199,366  $252,153 

Assets and Liabilities

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Assets $231,144 
Current Assets $215,467 
Total Liabilities $16,545 
Current Liabilities $16,545 
NET ASSETS $214,599 


TCF Staff:

Financial statements for the seven-month period beginning December 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 were used; Momentum had no separate operating activity prior to this date.

Ms. Heidi Kok

Momentum began as a program of Ballet Metropolitan, Inc, in 2013. In January 2014, Momentum received 501(c)(3) status. In December 1, 2014, it began operating as a separate legal entity and BalletMet ceased operations of the program. In FY14, BalletMet contributed $90,407 of previously generated net assets to Momentum, which consisted of $85,102 in cash ($44,200 came from FY14-15 school program fees and $5,270 came from Momentum University program fees), and $5,305 of property and equipment.

Documents Form 990 2015

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