Gala & Annual Student Choreography Competition

Gala & Annual Student Choreography Competition 2017-05-30T20:17:57+00:00

MBT hosts an annual season-end Gala & Dance Concert to celebrate our students’ and faculty members’accomplishments, to raise funds, to acknowledge our donors and corporate sponsors, and most importantly to enjoy an evening of demonstrations and performances from all of our student class levels.  All students are given the opportunity to take the stage.  The professional Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble premiered at the first Gala & Dance Concert in May 2013.

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June 3, 2017

BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown

Tentative Schedule of Events:

4:00 Dance Concert featuring MBT students and the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, acknowledgements and recognitions. This concert will feature finalist pieces from the annual student choreography competition. A guest panel of judges will select the winning choreographer.

5:15: Cocktail reception begins in the beautiful BlackRock lobby. Appetizer stations open, and wine/beer bar open for guests!  Silent auction and raffles open. Enjoy musical entertainment from MBT’s own Ray Strucker and his fantastic jazz quartet!

5:30 (approx): Special celebrity guest auctioneer, County Councilmember Craig Rice, will host a live auction and a reverse scholarship auction! More information to come! The winner of our student choreography contest will be announced at this time as well!

6:30: 2nd Dance Concert featuring MBT students and the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble, acknowledgements and recognitions. DJ Dance Party Entertainment with A-Squad and Nino begins for MBT students and siblings in the Dance Theater. Yearbook slideshow, photo booth, and selfie station open in the Dance Theater.

6:45: Dinner opens in the Dance Theater (and will remain open throughout the evening for guests attending the 6:30 concert)

6:45 – 8:30: Dinner, auction, raffles, party, and fun!

8:30: Dessert served, party on!

9:00: auction closes, party on!

9:30: – event concludes

Proceeds from this event support MBT’s capital investments as well as MBT’s Annual Fund, which supports scholarships, outreach/residency programs, production needs, and other operating needs. Through fundraising, MBT is able to maintain very competitive tuition rates, scholarship programs, and accessible ticket prices. MBT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization. Donations are gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. MBT’s federal tax ID number is 52-1665250.

Ticket Information: Please call 301-762-1757 for tickets. Adults $45; Students $20; Young Alumni $20. Tickets include seating for one of two dance concerts (please specify when ordering tickets) as well as access to receptions including food and drink, silent auction, DJ Dance party celebration, and all the fun for the evening!

Creative cocktail attire suggested.

Thank you to our Gala Catering Sponsors:


Thank you to our Celebration Sponsors:

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Not Your Average Joes

Potomac Pizza

Thank you to our Cocktail Reception & Dessert Reception Sponsors:

The Flipray Quartet
Jazz for any occasion, Ray Strucker 202-679-4705

Thank you to our Pre-Event Sponsors:



Thank you to these Corporate Sponsors, who support MBT’s programming year-round:

Capital One Bank
Whole Foods Market Montgomery County
Ameritel Corporation

Pillar One Consulting
Capitol Benefits
Bethesda Physicians
Guiding Principles Counseling Services
Saul Ewing, LLP
Advanced IT Solutions
ivivva Tysons Corner 
Adobe Systems
Goli Studio
NG Media
Les Gals Activewear
Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique
Towne Place Suites by Marriott, Gaithersburg
ProAction Physical Therapy



 Would you like to contribute to MBT’s silent auction? Please click here!

Would you like to become a corporate sponsor of MBT’s programming and be recognized at the Gala and all year long? Please click here!

Many thanks to our Gala Committee, who have some wonderful surprises in store for us:

Michele Kaufman, Gala Chair, Member of the Board
Dr. Erica Hwang, Past Gala Chair, Past President of the Board
Anita Anderson, President of the Board
Yongbok Bivin, Decor
Crystal Cala
Elizabeth Catlett, Artistic Director
Katie Cronin, Silent Auction Chair (alumna)
Stacie Edhegard
Natalie Hambrecht (alumna), Activities co-chair
Brenda Lipowsky, Business & Communications Mgr
Quyen Ngo-Metzger
Lori O’Keefe
Susan Pelletier
Tonie Rommel, Raffles Chair, Pre-Event Chair

Johanna Resler, Activities co-chair
Paula Ross, Executive Director
Jennifer Smith, Decor
Erin Stillwell, Backstage Chair, Slideshow