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

Headquartered: Gaithersburg

Serves: Montgomery County

What a donation buys:

  • $250 covers tuition for one student to attend a week of ballet summer camp.
  • $1,000 covers a one-year scholarship for an elementary school ballet student.
  • $1,300 pays for a cultural arts assembly at a local elementary school.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day: Usher a public performance.
  • Weekly or monthly: Be a dance buddy for a student with special needs.
  • Internships