About the School - José Mateo Ballet Theatre
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About the School

From its inception nearly 35 years ago, José Mateo Ballet Theatre 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.

Today, the School continues to strengthen its outstanding reputation. Distinguishing itself from other dance and ballet schools in the area, it is highly regarded for its comprehensive curriculum, exceptional faculty and welcoming, progressive and diverse environment. 

The School serves both children and adults, from the beginner to the professional offering:

  • Limited class sizes with customized, personal instruction and mentoring,
  • A dedicated and experienced professional faculty,
  • An impressive record of training many students who go on to enter careers in the dance field.

The Young Dancers Program is JMBT’s yearlong training program for students ages 3–18, with studios in Harvard Square, Cambridge and Dorchester, Boston.

The program welcomes students to join a genuinely personal and productive community that offers the most enjoyable and effective training in ballet, ensuring that all students excel – technically and artistically – beyond their expectations.


YouthWorks is the pre-professional dance program within José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program. YouthWorks dancers are fully enrolled students in the program’s highest levels and rehearse and perform original choreographed variations designed especially for members of the group. YouthWorks applicants are required to audition.


José Mateo Ballet Theatre offers the Open Class program for adults with previous ballet training Monday–Saturday all year and the Adult Introduction to Ballet program for adults with little or no previous ballet experience.


We believe that age should never be a barrier to learning the art of ballet. With the Teenager’s Introduction to Ballet program, José Mateo Ballet Theatre offers age-appropriate training to students ages 11–18 who have never had the opportunity to learn ballet.

… fed by the elegant choreography of its artistic director, José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre has cultivated a distinctive ballet style, a critically acclaimed repertory of original work, a school and 20-member company…He’s bred a generation of teachers who’ve built the finest open enrollment school in the region.

New York Times