POLICIES AND GENERAL INFORMATION
MBT is unique as a classical ballet school in that we are all-inclusive. We accept any student, regardless of age, size, shape, technical ability, previous experience, future aspirations or economic circumstances. We serve students from age 3 through adult, and include an adaptive ballet program for those students with developmental or physical disabilities. We believe arts education makes a well-rounded person, and that every student deserves the opportunity for a premier dance education.
Gaithersburg: 220 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877, conveniently located off of Clopper Road, near I-270 (exit 10N, exit 11S), and Rt. 355. Classes are held in three large, bright dance studios, all of which include a Harlequin sprung dance floor system, Harlequin marley, and an integrated, multi-media AV/sound system. Ceilings allow a minimum 13.5’ clearance. The largest classroom studio at MBT-Gaithersburg converts to a Black Box theater seating 60-80 patrons.
Clarksburg: MBT opened a second location at 22530 Gateway Center Drive in Clarksburg, MD in August 2018, conveniently located near the Clarksburg Outlets, 1270 (exit 18), and Clarksburg Town Center. This location also includes three large, bright classroom studios, Harlequin sprung dance floor systems, Harlequin marley, and an integrated, multi-media AV/sound system. Ceilings allow a minimum 13.5′ clearance.
The academic year program is open to all students desiring to train at its facilities. MBT is an equal opportunity school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. MBT is unique as a classical ballet school in that it accepts and encourages students regardless of age, size, shape, technical ability, previous experience, future aspirations, or economic circumstance. New students are required to participate in a placement class to determine appropriate class level. Applicants are required to pay a $40 non-refundable annual registration fee and their tuition upon placement.
Tuition and Fees
A $40 non-refundable annual registration fee per student is due with registration. Tuition for full-year classes or Semester classes is payable in full at registration or may be payable in installments through an automated payment plan. Payment plans must be automated with a credit/debit card kept on file at MBT. Payment plans for the Academic Year must be fulfilled by November 1 (Semester 1) or March 1 (Full-year or Semester 2), unless otherwise permitted in writing by an authorized member of MBT’s staff on the payment plan authorization form. Payments for quarter-based classes must be paid in full at time of registration. Tuition paid in full by check or cash only prior to August 1 will be given a 2% discount on tuition. (Payment by cash/check is encouraged to save MBT credit card fees.) A $25 late fee is assessed for payment after due date including due to expired/declined account information. It is your responsibility to notify the office with any changes to your payment method. Semester classes are discounted only with commitment to a full year. Tuition is pro-rated for mid-year enrollments. All tuition is non-refundable. Special price options for additional classes outside of initial program are to be used by same student; siblings may not “share” that offer. Tuition for MBT’s Summer program is payable under a separate payment plan. Returned checks incur an additional $35 fee.
For some classes, placement by an MBT faculty member will be required as noted. For all classes not requiring a faculty placement, students are placed based on their age as of September 1st of the current school year. For summer classes, students are placed based on their age at the time of the program. Please call 301-762-1757 to schedule a placement class, trial class, or to make an appointment to visit our studios.
Limited need-based scholarships available for Academic Year and Summer programs. A short application and documentation are required for financial assistance, and annual assistance available varies based on funding. Please inquire to the office for a scholarship application. Complete scholarship information and application can be found by clicking here. La información está disponible en español también.
All students must furnish their own clothing and shoes for class as well as shoes, tights and a nude leotard for under costumes at performances. MBT provides costumes for performances. All students should be dressed in appropriate uniform by the end of the second week of classes. These items will be available for purchase at MBT studios, or can be purchased at local dance stores. Dance Supplies, Etc (Saverna Park and dancesupplies.com online) offers a discount to MBT students (see below).
Hair in a bun; short hair pulled back with band; all bangs neatly pinned and sprayed back.
Uniform leotard (must be specific brand/color available at MBT; purchase through MBT or other dance supply store; no glitter, sequins, or skirts on leotards are permitted)
Young Dancer Levels – Creative Movement & Early Ballet:
Females: pink short sleeve leotard (So Danca brand, Trissie style), pink leather ballet shoes
Males: Black shorts, white t-shirt, black or white leather ballet shoes
Academic Ballet Levels:
Ballet 1: light violet, tank (So Danca)
Ballet 2: navy blue, tank (So Danca)
Ballet 3: maroon, tank (So Danca)
Ballet 4: tropical green, tank (So Danca)
Ballet 5: raspberry, two Motionwear styles required, other options
Ballet 6: ultraviolet, two Motionwear styles required, other options
Ballet 7: turquoise, two Motionwear styles required, other options
Ballet 8: royal blue, two Motionwear styles required, other options
Ballet 9: teal, two Motionwear styles required, other options
Ballet 9+: teal and black, choice of styles, see faculty
Ballet 5-9+ students must also have a black ballet skirt for community outreach performances or student presentations in the black box theater
Youth Ballet Levels:
Beginning Ballet: any solid black leotard
2Y: light blue, tank (So Danca Jenny style)
3Y: red, tank (So Danca Jenny style)
4Y: hunter green, wide-strap (So Danca Millie/Amelia style)
5Y: Any solid black leotard
Teen Ballet: any solid black leotard (any brand) -OR- Yoga/Fitness clothes
Pink seamed, footed ballet tights (transition tights recommended)
Creative Movement/Early Ballet/Academic Ballet 1-4/All Youth Ballet levels: pink leather ballet shoes w/ full sole & sewn elastics.
Academic Ballet 3-4: Option of leather ballet shoes w/ split sole & sewn elastics
Academic Ballet 5-9+: pink leather or canvas ballet shoes w/ split sole & sewn elastics.
Pointe shoes- new pointe shoes must be approved by instructor prior to sewing ribbons and elastic.
Plain white T-shirt tucked into black tights
White or black socks
White or black ballet shoes with sewn elastic strap
Jazz (including Street Jazz)/Modern/Hip Hop:
Hair pulled neatly up and off face; all bangs pinned and sprayed back.
Solid color leotard with the options of black tights/leggings or black jazz shorts
Jazz shoes; dance sneakers are not permitted.
Solid color T-shirt tucked into black tights or black shorts
Black jazz shoes; dance sneakers are not permitted.
Solid color leotard with the options of black tights/leggings or black jazz shorts. Same as Jazz for males. Bare feet.
Same as Jazz. Tap shoes. Oxford style with laces preferred, but any tap shoes with hard whole-sole acceptable. Screws must be checked weekly before coming into the studio for class. Do not wear tap shoes in the lobby for safety, put them on inside studio.
Comfortable dance clothing, black-soled, non-marking sneakers. Any sneakers worn for dance class MAY NOT have been worn outside.
Hair – All Classes:
Females: Hair in a bun; short hair pulled back with fabric band; all bangs neatly pinned back.
Males: Long hair must be pulled away from face
All Ballet/Jazz/HipHop Students:
Students are encouraged to keep an extra pair of class shoes for use outdoors during community festival performances (older/used pair is ok). Once shoes have been worn outdoors, they may not be worn on MBT’s studio floor.
No jewelry, watches, leg warmers or extra clothing of any kind may be worn to class. Dance shoes are not to be worn outside the studio on the street or sidewalk. All students must wear street clothing over dance attire when arriving and leaving the studio.
Where to purchase uniform items
- MBT stocks certain uniform items in our uniform shop including required leotards, tights, and ballet shoes. We do not carry pointe shoes, character shoes, or jazz shoes.
- Dance Supplies, Etc (or their online store DanceSupplies.com) offers a discount to MBT students. Students should mention MBT at checkout at the store in Severna Park to receive 10% off any purchase. At the online store (www.dancesupplies.com), enter MBT5 at checkout to receive 5% off your order.
- Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique has stores in Frederick & Silver Spring.
- Dance Supplies, Etc and Footlights will both conduct pointe shoe fittings. Footlights currently requires an advance appointment reserved online. Please remember to have any new pointe shoes approved by MBT’s artistic staff before sewing.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up Policy
Students must be escorted by parent/guardian to and from the waiting room. This ensures the safety of the student and allows parent/guardian to check bulletin boards for important information. Written parental permission is required for alternative plan.
Inclement Weather Policy
MBT does not follow Montgomery County Public School’s policy concerning school closings. Please call the studio or check the website/social media pages after 2 pm on the day in question, a message will be posted if classes are canceled. If no cancellation message is left, please assume classes are being held.
Attendance and punctuality are mandatory. Per MBT’s Code of Conduct, students arriving late are expected to apologize to the instructor and request permission to join class. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will have missed important warm-up exercises and therefore be required to observe class. Habitual tardiness and absences will jeopardize the student’s future placement. Missed classes should be made up as soon as possible in a class of the same or lower level.
Code of Conduct
By registering for classes at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy, students and parents/guardians are expected to read and adhere to the Code of Conduct, Liability Policy, and Dress Code. All of this information is also found in print form at the MBT office.
Returned Checks & Late Payments
MBT does allow payment by personal or business check. Returned checks incur an additional $35 fee. A $25 late fee is assessed for late tuition payments or payments received after due date due to expired/declined account information or due to a returned check. It is your responsibility to notify the office with any changes to your automated payment method for tuition payment plans.