Performing arts education of young members of the Worthington Civic Ballet included lessons in anatomy. Instructor and director of the local dance company, Barbara Burrows, was trained in Dance Medicine at the Chautauqua Institution, which focused on the medical, orthopedic, and nutritional problems of dance.
Barbara Burrows was a native of Worthington, Ohio, graduating from Worthington High School in 1963. She founded the Worthington Civic Ballet in Worthington. She was trained locally by Duard Farquhar and Jorg Fasting, directors of the Capital City Ballet Company and also studied with leading dancers of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, New York City Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, Carnegie Hall, the American Dance Machine, and the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Miss Burrows was a founding member of the Worthington Arts Council. Locally she instructed hundreds of Worthington area children in dance and theater over a course of forty years. She was known for her authentic choreography and talent as a seamstress, having designed and sewed dance costumes for her dance companies. Her dance companies performed over 700 shows in Worthington and Columbus, including the "Artists-In-Schools" touring programs with the Ohio Theatre for Youth and the Greater Columbus Arts Council.