Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre | Classes for Adults
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Classes for Adults


José Mateo Ballet Theatre offers one of the area’s most robust programs of classes for adults of all ages and levels of experience or ability.

From the 10-class Introduction to Ballet courses for the curious and adventurous novice to the daily offerings of drop-in classes for the seasoned dancer. there are classes every Monday through Saturday for all individuals who value the apparent and hidden benefits of ballet.

Ballet has come a long way from its early roots in Renaissance France and Italy. It has evolved as an art form practiced around the world and its rich and enduring tradition continues to grow in importance and intrigue in the 21st-century. It is also an excellent fitness program and one of the most effective self-awareness practices around.

Ballet can help you discover the dancer that is within us all. Classes at José Mateo Ballet Theatre allow students to make the experience as challenging as they choose, all the while providing valuable lessons about who we are as individuals, how we keep fit and how we can develop better self-control for a more balanced outlook on our lives.

José Mateo Ballet Theatre is a friendly, inclusive and welcoming community that dismissed the pretentiousness and elitism so commonly associated with ballet. Expect to make friends and share with is this wonderful practice that continues to inspire contemporary global culture in new and surprising ways.


The 5-week, 10-class Introduction to Ballet course is designed for beginners with very little to no experience, ages 18 and up (click here for Teen classes). Pre-registration and full enrollment is required.

The course gives students an overview of the art form and covers all the fundamental elements that comprise the movement vocabulary of classical ballet and how these basics can be best applied by the individual student. Students progressively learn how these elements are used to build steps, phrases and eventually longer choreographed sequences (combinations) that are the basis of the dances of traditional theatrical presentations.

Class size is limited.



Weeks of November 12 – December 10

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 am with Julia Stetson
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm with Julia Stetson (Evening classes cancelled 11/28 and 12/12. Evening make up classes will be held 12/17 and 12/19.)

Tuition: $150.00


Registration for Adult Intro Courses is now available online through MindBody! Please visit our MindBody site to set up a profile.

Once you’ve set up your account, please add your personal and billing information, then click on the “ENROLLMENT” tab and click “SIGN UP NOW” to purchase the class.


– If you have visited Ballet Theatre before, we may already have you in our system. To “take over” your existing profile, please reset your password on the sign-in screen.  If you need help, please call the office at 617-354-7467 and we’ll be happy to help.

– If you would like to discuss the skills covered in each level and find out what class is best for you, please email

– Enrollment is for the entirety of the course. There are no refunds for missed classes, although make up classes are possible subject to availability. All payment is due at the time of registration. If you are unable to attend, withdraw from the program, are dismissed for cause, or are absent, tuition will not be refunded.

Questions? Contact us via email at or by phone at 617-354-7467.


These drop in classes are for dancers already experienced in ballet with fundamental ballet vocabulary and range from Elementary through Intermediate/Advanced at varying times throughout the week. Students coming out of the Introductory program are recommended to start with the Advanced Beginner level and move at their own pace through the Open classes levels.

Studio Policy: No student will be admitted into Open Class later than 15 minutes after the start of class.

Want to earn FREE open classes?  Click here to learn about our Work Study Program.



Morning Intermediate/Advanced – 10:30-12:00 – Bettina Indaco
Evening Intermediate – 6:00-7:30 – Haruka Tamura
Evening Advanced Beginner – 6:30-8:00 – Jean Robens Georges (11/26 – Combined with Intermediate at 6:00 pm)


Morning Intermediate/Advanced – 10:30-12:00 – Mary Thompson
Evening Elementary – 6:00-7:30 – Sonja Alitalo (Molly Wheat 11/20 & Christine McDowell 11/27)
Evening Intermediate – 6:00-7:30 – Angie DeWolf 


Morning Intermediate/Advanced – 10:30-12:00 – Bettina Indaco
Evening Intermediate – 6:00-7:30 – Haruka Tamura (Molly Wheat 11/21)
Evening Advanced Beginner – 6:30-8:00 – Jean Robens Georges 


Morning Intermediate/Advanced – 10:30-12:00 – Mary Thompson
Evening Elementary – 6:00-7:30 – Sonja Alitalo (Jean Robens Georges 11/22, 11/29)
Evening Intermediate – 6:00-7:30 – Angie DeWolf (Molly Wheat 11/15)


Morning Intermediate/Advanced – 10:30-12:00 – Sonja Alitalo
Evening Elementary/Intermediate – 6:00-7:30 – Brittany Bush (Jaci Sanford 11/9, 11/23 & Haruka Tamura 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 & Christine McDowell 12/21)
Evening Advanced Beginner – 6:00-7:30 – Jean Robens Georges (Christine McDowell 11/30, 12/7 & Molly Wheat 12/21)


Morning Elementary/Intermediate – 11:00-12:30 – Bettina Indaco (Jean Robens Georges 11/17)


Single Open Class – $15
10 Class Card (valid for 6 weeks) – $125
Student 10 Class Card – $110 with current valid school ID

Class card purchase options:

Class cards are available to purchase in person at the studio with credit card, cash or check. There is a $20 fee for all retuned checks.

You can also purchase class cards through MindBody.

To set up a MindBody account on a desktop computer, visit: All returning students will have an existing record in MindBody that was set up by our staff. All you need to do is claim your account by resetting the password (“forgot password”) to your email.

Click here for a tutorial on setting up your MindBody account, purchasing class cards and signing up for classes.

To set up a MindBody account on your smartphone, download the app and follow the registration instructions.

For additional information on our Open Classes for Adults, call 617-354-7467 or  email


Dress Code

The only traditional ballet attire required of our adult students are ballet slippers. Otherwise students may wear what is easy to move in and makes them feel most at ease: traditional leotards and tights or typical work out clothing such as leggings and tank tops. Whatever you wear we do ask that it be form-fitted, stretchy and allow for freedom of movement while allowing the teacher to see your silhouette. Longer hair should be pulled back away from the face.


All classes are held at Ballet Theatre’s studios in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. Click here for directions.

Studio Closings

The studios are closed to all classes on the following public holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

In inclement weather, JMBT does its best to offer regularly scheduled classes unless a State of Emergency is declared.  In that instance, information will be updated on the website and emailed to students who have signed up for announcements.

For additional information, please call 617-354-7467 or email