Founded in 1978, Ballet Theatre of Maryland is Maryland’s premier professional ballet company providing 30 – 36 week contracts for 12-13 full-time paid professionals, supplemented with 16-18 apprentices who come to train with the professional company from all over the United States. Housed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the professional company offers a four-season series of performances in its home theatre and tours throughout the state performing approximately 40-60 performances annually for approximately 25,000 people.
Since 2003, the professional company has presented an average of 6 to 9 world premieres per season, all to critical acclaim in the Baltimore Sun and The Capital Gazette. The repertoire includes The Celtic Book of Days, Dawn Songs, Excalibur, An American Southwest Carmen, Coppelia, Collage, The Firebird, Romeo & Juliet, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Choral Dances, Chichester Psalms, Meetings Along the Edge, and Tango Dramatico, to name a few. Artistic Director, Dianna Cuatto, is the company’s resident choreographer, but the company also hosts works by award winning choreographer Colin Connor, Alvin Ailey’s Keith Lee, Steven Greenston’s Gnossiennes, and works by upcoming choreographers, Bryan Skates, Jennifer Yackel and Meagan Helman.
Ballet Theatre of Maryland hosts a six-week Summer Intensive and Choreographic Institute and houses a school of dance with approximately 300 students. The faculty consists of top professionals from the field of dance and has a comprehensive training program including classical ballet, modern dance, LA/NY Modern Jazz, partnering, pointe , pre-pointe, demi-pointe, anatomy, pilates, men’s class and recreational classes.
Ballet Theatre or Maryland blends mainstream American Culture with classical and contemporary dance forms to create works that uplift, transform, entertain and inspire. Ballet Theatre of Maryland moves you with the power of American Dance to unleash the passion, individualism, and emotion of a language more powerful than words.