Ballet Theatre of Maryland Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Dance, founded in 1978, is the only school in Maryland that offers a fully comprehensive ballet training program for the beginner student through the professional dancer. 

A focus on the healthy body aesthetic-healthy body types and healthy mentoring-is a hallmark of Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s company and conservatory. Our goal is to provide the best dance training to all students whether they intend to become a professional dancer or to enjoy participating in this vital art form for a short time. We work to share this engaging art form with our community and create lifelong dance enthusiasts. In accomplishing these aims, it is central to the mission and vision of the school to expect of each student, whether or not a professional dance career is planned, the very best effort of which he or she is capable. We provide a professional faculty and the best possible instruction to serve the dance needs of all students, and give the care and attention the student deserves, always believing in each as an individual, growing young artist. The faculty and staff of BTM are dedicated to this purpose, and provide additional resources to help meet our students’ needs.  

The BTM Instructors enjoy being able to share their love of dance with the next generation of dancers and dance lovers. Watching the students grow and guiding them toward realizing their full potential is a joy and privilege!

BTM offers a complete curriculum for a future career as professional dancer as well as for the health and knowledge of the recreational dancer. It is designed to provide anatomically sound training while providing an increasing variety of special classes and performance opportunities that make greater demands on the student with each level of study mastered. The syllabus is based on the Christensen aesthetic which enhances the classical technique, Italian and Russian tradition with cross-training in contemporary dance forms to prepare graduates for the eclectic demands of dance companies now and in the future, and for granting the recreational student with the tools necessary to sustain a healthy body throughout their lives. 

The opportunities to watch BTM’s professional dancers in their daily classes, rehearsals and performances, to perform alongside them in professional productions, and to train with professionals working in the field give students the inspiration needed to follow their passions and strive for excellence and to sustain those who choose to dedicate themselves to a professional career. 

 
 
 

Dance: A Language More Powerful Than Words

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Nicole Kelsh, Artistic Director

Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    8-9
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $250
    Non-Member Price
    $275

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. At this level, registration in two technique classes per week is required. This class is the beginning of formalized classical ballet, including barre, centre, and stretch exercises. Please contact Emily Brennan, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. Note: Students must be age 8 on or before July 1, 2022 or by audition or faculty approval. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be in a bun, neatly pulled back from the face. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $275
    Non-Member Price
    $300

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is an extension of the introduction to the art of classical ballet, including barre, centre and stretch exercises. Some previous training recommended or by permission of instructor. Attire: Women: Tighter fitting athletic wear or leotards, tights, skirts, warm-up pants. Hair should be pulled neatly off the face so it does not inhibit movement. Men: T-shirt, jazz pants, sweats or tights. Ballet shoes are required for both men and women. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    4-5-
    Room Number
    101
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is an imaginative continuation of Creative Movement I-focusing on self-expression, creativity and flexibility of movement, and encouraging self-confidence. Children are introduced to the concepts of basic movement, rhythms and music for ballet and express themselves by focusing on different ballet story themes (Cinderella, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, etc.). Note: Students must be 4 by July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be in bun, neatly pulled back from the face. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and white, or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    5-6-
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list.Please contact Emily Carey, Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. In this class, students begin learning basic ballet etiquette, steps and vocabulary while encouraging creativity, flexibility, movement and self expression. Special emphasis is on placement, alignment and increased motor skills. Note: Students must be age 5 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and Corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $275
    Non-Member Price
    $300

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is an introduction to the art of classical ballet for the novice, including the basic positions of the arms and feet, the basic exercises of the ballet barre and centre, plus exercises for strength and flexibility. This class is a great way to work out for the dance enthusiast. Prerequisite: none. Attire: Women: leotards, tights, skirts, warm-up pants. Hair should be pulled neatly off the face so it does not inhibit movement. Men: T- shirt, jazz pants, sweats or tights. Ballet shoes are required for both men and women. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    6-7
    Room Number
    101
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list.Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is a continuation of Pre-Ballet, with special focus on increased exercises for strength, coordination, flexibility, and alignment. Rhythmic movement and music is emphasized. Classical ballet vocabulary is introduced. Note: Students must be age 6 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    4-5-
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list.Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. In this class, children are introduced to the concepts of basic movement and music for ballet and tap. The class focuses on group interaction and the joy of movement and self-expression. Note: Students must be age 4 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers and black tap shoes. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    8-9
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $250
    Non-Member Price
    $275

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. At this level, registration in two technique classes per week is required. This class is the beginning of formalized classical ballet, including barre, centre, and stretch exercises. Please contact Emily Brennan, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. Note: Students must be age 8 on or before July 1, 2022 or by audition or faculty approval. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be in a bun, neatly pulled back from the face. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    5-6
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. In this class, students begin learning basic ballet etiquette, steps and vocabulary while encouraging creativity, flexibility, movement and self expression. Special emphasis is on placement, alignment and increased motor skills. Note: Students must be age 5 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $275
    Non-Member Price
    $300

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class includes barre, centre, and stretching exercises for adult/teen students with previous training. Prerequisite: 2 or more years of previous training or by permission of instructor. Attire: Women: Leotards, tights, skirts or warm-up pants. Hair should be pulled neatly off the face so it does not inhibit movement. Men: T-shirt, jazz pants, sweats or tights. Ballet shoes are required for both men and women. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    3-4-
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is designed with the very young dancer in mind. It stresses natural dance movement, including stretching, music appreciation and dance movement. In a stimulating environment, the class focuses on creativity, group interaction, and the joy of self-expression. Note: Students must be age 3 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black uniform leotard, nude or pink tights, and correstonding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    5-7
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is a continuation of Creative Movement 2 with emphasis on tap, including some ballet exercises for strengthening, flexibility and posturing. Note: Students must be 5 by July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes, except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, white or black ballet slippers and black tap shoes. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    6-7
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. This class is a continuation of Pre-Ballet, with special focus on increased exercises for strength, coordination, flexibility, and alignment. Rhythmic movement and music is emphasized. Classical ballet vocabulary is introduced. Note: Students must be age 6 on or before July 1, 2022. The attire for all classes except where otherwise noted, is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, nude or pink tights, and corresponding nude or pink ballet slippers. No jewelry allowed. Hair must be neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and white or black ballet slippers. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    6-18-
    Room Number
    303
    Member Price
    $230
    Non-Member Price
    $255

    Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers classes in two Annapolis locations. Go to www.balletmaryland.org for a complete list. Please contact Emily Carey, Conservatory Principal, at 410-224-5644 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland believes in providing everyone with access and opportunity to explore movement and dance. Our adaptive dance program is an inclusive class that specializes in meeting the needs of individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. This class promotes self-expression, enhances spatial awareness, improves motor skills and coordination, fosters cooperation and collaboration all while building a strong community. Students can expect to explore creative movement and learn the fundamentals of classical ballet. At the start of the first class, parents/caretakers will have the opportunity to disclose information to the instructor about the student’s disabilities/specific needs as a form of awareness to cater best to each student. They are also welcome to attend the class with their dancer if needed or desired. Students should wear comfortable clothing/athletic wear (i.e., pants, shorts, or skirts, and shirts easy can move in) and socks or ballet slippers. Leotards and tights are not required, but are welcomed. No class Sept. 26, Oct. 3-8, Nov. 23-26.

If no classes are showing above, all classes are currently in session. Classes are ongoing and late registration may still be available. Please contact the MD Hall Education Department or call 410-263-5544 x20 for assistance.