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
    16+
    Room Number
    101
    Member Price
    $170
    Non-Member Price
    $195

    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: 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. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. . No class on July 4, make up date August 1.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $170
    Non-Member Price
    $195

    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. A great way to work out and get into shape 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. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class on July 4.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    5-6
    Room Number
    301
    Member Price
    $145
    Non-Member Price
    $170

    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 November 1, 2021. 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 neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights, and white or black ballet slippers. Please contact Emily Carey, Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class July 4.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    4-5
    Room Number
    101
    Member Price
    $145
    Non-Member Price
    $170

    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 April 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 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.Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class on July 4.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    6-7
    Room Number
    301
    Member Price
    $145
    Non-Member Price
    $170

    In this class, the classical vocabulary and fundemenatal steps of ballet are introduced with emphasis on rhythmic movement, strength, coordination, flexibility, and alignment. Note: Students must be age 6 on or before April 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 neatly pulled back from the face into a bun. Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and white or black ballet slippers. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class July 4.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    8+
    Room Number
    302
    Member Price
    $145
    Non-Member Price
    $170

    This class is the basic, entry-level class for the beginning tap and jazz student with an emphasis on the musical theater performing style. Rudimentary skills are developed while learning proper terminology, rhythm and musicality with an added emphasis on strenght and flexibility. Students should be at least 8 years old on or before April 1, 2022. The attire for class is as follows: Girls: Black leotard, tights or socks, shorts (optional), black tap shoes and black jazz shoes; Boys: Shirt, pants or shorts, black tap shoes, and black jazz shoes. Hair should be pulled back off the face into a neat bun or short ponytail. Students must own tap shoes to enroll in this class. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class July 4.

  • Instructor Name
    Ballet Theatre of Maryland Faculty
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    102
    Member Price
    $170
    Non-Member Price
    $195

    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, 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. Please contact Emily Carey, School Administrator, at 410-263-8289 for more information regarding the Ballet Theatre of Maryland Program. No class on July 4.

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.