As MBT celebrates its 30th Anniversary year, we are sincerely grateful to our community for its support since 1989. While we emphasize and conduct community outreach as part of our permanent programming, MBT students, staff, & Board of Directors will give a little extra back to our wonderful community this milestone year through a special project called “30 Attitudes of Gratitude.”
noun: attitude; plural noun: attitudes
a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.
Synonyms: view, viewpoint, outlook, perspective, stance, standpoint, position, inclination, orientation, approach, reaction
INFORMAL: individuality and self-confidence as manifested by behavior or appearance; style. “she snapped her fingers with attitude“
BALLET: a position in which one leg is lifted behind with the knee bent at right angles and turned out, and the corresponding arm is raised above the head, the other extended to the side.
Attitudes of Gratitude Projects & Events
Please check here often as we post updates about this special year-long service project.
Sept 9, 2018: Free classes for the community at MBT-Clarksburg
Oct 4, 2018: Free after-school classes begin at Gaithersburg ES
Oct 14, 2018: Free community performance of excerpts of Nutcracker
Oct 23, 2018: Free after-school classes begin at Brown Station ES
Oct 27, 2018: MBT artistic staff spent the evening at Clarksburg Outlets’ community trick-or-treat event to offer Halloween dance instruction and demos
Nov 3, 2018: Student Holiday Giving Service Project – students made ornaments and collected new socks, mittens, and hats for Seniors served by the City of Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program
Nov 17, 2018: Free community performance of Nutcracker excerpts at Clarksburg Outlets tree lighting
Nov 23, 2018: MBT Students led childrens’ storytime hour at Barnes & Noble in Gaithersburg with MBT’s Nutcracker characters
Nov 30. 2018: MBT provided nearly 350 complimentary tickets to members of the community who might not otherwise have been able to see live ballet this season at MBT’s production of The Nutcracker. Tickets were provided through MBT’s partners at the City of Gaithersburg social service departments, students served by the City of Gaithersburg’s after-school recreation programs, MBT’s partners at various MCPS programs, and various social service agencies in Montgomery County.
Dec. 16-17, 2018: MBT parents and students staffed the charity gift wrapping table at Clarksburg Outlets to benefit the Simon Youth Foundation and MBT
Dec. 19, 2018: MBT students traveled to Villages of Rockville to perform for senior members of the community who might have been otherwise unable to see the production at the theater.
Feb. 18, 2019: MBT provided tickets for students and families served by the City’s after-school recreation program to see Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble’s performance of “Ourchestra” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn
Founded in 1989, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy is a nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to providing arts opportunities to all through exceptional dance education, community outreach, and inspiring performances. MBT inspires students to dance by providing structured training while giving each dancer the opportunity to experiment with their own creativity. MBT is also committed to bring arts education to the community with performances and outreach programming.
MBT offers professional instruction in a nurturing environment to all who are interested, regardless of physical limitations or future aspirations. Many students enjoy taking dance classes and performing while pursuing other interests; and some are intent on dance careers and have spent their summers studying with the American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, The Rock School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, School of American Ballet, and others. Many of our graduates have majored in dance at schools such as the University of Cincinnati, Radford University, Indiana University, and have been accepted into pre-professional companies such as Boston Ballet.
MBT trains dancers in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop through The Academy with dance studios in Gaithersburg and Clarksburg, Maryland and gives academy students the opportunity to perform in professional ballet performances alongside professional artists.