Changing Lives Through Dance

Founded in 1986, José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s company and school have forged a new model for a ballet organization

through innovative programming, artistic excellence, and extensive community outreach.


Under the leadership of its Founder and Artistic Director José Mateo, the company has presented original ballet works and new interpretations of classical ballets, including The Nutcracker.

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From its inception over 35 years ago, JMBT’s School has boldly challenged a centuries-old tradition of exclusion and elitism to create a more inclusive, just and humanistic approach to expert ballet training.

Summer Intensive Program

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JMBT is committed to making ballet an accessible art form. Dance for World Community is a partner-based initiative that amplifies the connective power of dance to unity and strengthen our local communities.

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July 1 – August 2, 2024

Summer Intensive Program Audition Tour, for ages 10-19

Summer Elementary Program, for ages 3-10

Christina Johnson Masterclass and Meet & Greet

March 6-7, 2024

Open Masterclass • Wednesday, March 6, 10:30am–12:00pm

YDP Masterclass for selected students from Level III and above • Thursday, March 7, 4:00-6:00pm

Meet & Greet • Thursday, March 7, 6:30-7:30pm