Providing arts opportunities for all through exceptional dance education, community outreach and inspiring performances.
- Offering professional, individualized dance education, in a caring, nurturing environment
- Providing professional performing opportunities, including annual performances of The Nutcracker and a Spring Ballet
- Fostering creativity, flexibility, diversity, and self-confidence through student choreography and performances
- Enhancing civic responsibility through outreach activities to the wider community
Founded in 1989, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy is a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring 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 technical ability, age, body type, previous experience, future aspirations, or financial means. 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, Carolina 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.