Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy ( provides dance instruction and performance opportunities in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and hip-hop for students ages 3 through senior adult. MBT strives to make dance accessible to all through outreach performances. Reduced tuition and free tickets are available for families in need. Dance buddies are offered for students with special needs. All who audition for The Nutcracker are cast.

Serves: Montgomery County

What a donation buys:

•    $250 covers tuition for one student to attend one week of early ballet summer camp.

•    $1,000 pays for one tutu for The Nutcracker or a one-year scholarship for an elementary ballet student.

•    $1,500 provides an assembly at a local elementary school with the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble.

 Volunteer opportunities:

•    One day: Take tickets, serve as an usher or sell refreshments and gifts at a performance.

•    Weekly or monthly: Be a dance buddy for a student with special needs.

•    Internships

•    Student Service Learning hours

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