Maryland Youth Ballet (MYB) is a 40 year-old training institution known to be one of the finest schools of classical ballet in the region. MYB prepares young dancers for a professional career in dance as well as offering classes to dancers of all ages and levels in the metropolitan region including special programs for underserved young children in our community who may be financially disadvantaged or physically disabled.
MYB has approximately 1600 students ranging in age from 2 years to 80+ years. Each year graduates of MYB are accepted directly into professional companies or the country’s most prestigious performing arts training centers and universities. MYB’s faculty is regarded as among the finest in the country coming from successful professional careers with such companies as the National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), The Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, and many others.
MYB also provides the region with professional quality ballet productions several times a year, introducing audiences to the beauty of ballet and for others, maintaining a family holiday tradition with annual productions of The Nutcracker and a recently introduced and very popular The Mini-Nut. Together with several other performances and public appearances, MYB reaches an audience of over 15,000 people annually.
MYB and members of the faculty have been recognized for excellence in training ballet dancers. Most recently the awards have included:
• 2007, 2009, and 2010 Best School awards from the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) national competition (the most prestigious ballet competition in the country)
• YAGP individual student awards include: 1 Grand Prix, 7 First and Second place awards, and 15 student placements in the Top-12 nationally
• YAGP faculty awards: 2007 Best Teacher awards for Michelle Lees and Olivier Munoz
• MetroDC Dance production awards: Best Classical Ballet Performance- The Nutcracker and several Best Youth Performance awards for our Spring Concert