Ballet at Home Teenager's Introduction to Ballet — José Mateo Ballet Theatre
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For nearly 35 years, José Mateo Ballet Theatre’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.

Creatively adapting to the current conditions triggered by COVID-19, the School is inventively embracing the technology so critical to advancing the role of dance in our reconfigured communities. The School continues to serve both children and adults, from the beginner to the professional.

The Teenager’s Introduction to Ballet courses are designed for those with little to no experience. Students meet online once a week to learn the basic vocabulary and techniques that will allow them to discover the lifelong benefits and joys of training in a traditional dance form that continues to gain popularity in today’s global culture. The courses are taught by dedicated and professional instructors particularly sensitive to the needs of the beginning teenager.


No experience necessary!


Friday 4:00–5:30 PM


Angie DeWolf


10 week course

Session 1: January 8–March 19, 2021

Session 2: March 26–June 4, 2021




For experienced students.


Thursday 6:15–7:45 PM


Magdalena Gyftopoulos


10 week course

Session 1: January 7–March 18, 2021

Session 2: March 25–June 3, 2021




Dress Code
The only traditional ballet attire required of our Teenager’s Introduction to Ballet students is 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.

Space and Equipment Requirements
We recommend a space of at least 6′ x 6′ for barre work and at least 8′ x 8′ for centre work. Additionally, we recommend that students have a ballet barre or use the back of a chair (weighted down with books to prevent it from moving) as a substitute.

There will be no classes held January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 15–21 (February Vacation), April 19–25 (April Vacation), or May 29–31 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Student Portal
After enrolling, you will gain access to a Student Portal where you will find important information such as guidelines for setting up your at-home class space and links to your Zoom classes.


Financial aid is available.

Eligibility Guidelines


Application Requirements


Please click below to complete an Enrollment Application for Winter/Spring 2021!

Financial Aid Eligibility Guidelines


Household Size 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines
1 $12,760
2 $17,240
3 $21,720
4 $26,200
5 $30,680
6 $35,160
7 $39,640
8 $44,120
add for each additional person $4,480


Competitive candidates typically come from homes where adjusted gross income is less than three times the above rates.

Financial Aid Stipulations

JMBT scholarship students must:

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1. Comply with all rules and regulations of Ballet Theatre including, but not limited to, dress code, punctuality, general conduct, and class protocols.
2. Attend and be on time to all scheduled classes. Scholarship students may not be late to class more than 2 times or have more than 2 unexcused absences during the course of the program. Excused absences and lateness must be communicated to the office by a parent/guardian in advance of the start of class.
3. Participate in all scheduled classes and activities and other organizational programs as scheduled.
4. Seek and receive permission from artistic staff before enrolling in additional dance classes or accepting a performance engagement elsewhere.

Financial Aid Application Requirements

Before you begin your Enrollment Application, please have ready:

  1. A digital copy (e.g., scan, image, pdf) of your most recent tax filing. This must include the IRS Form 1040 showing the student listed as a dependent and showing your Adjusted Gross Income. Example 1040

    *If you do not file taxes, please contact us to discuss alternative income documentation.

  2. The following 4 short written statements:
    1. A statement of financial need
    2. A statement of your child's interest in the study of dance
    3. A statement of your family's willingness to support this interest
    4. A statement of commitment to full participation in the program and the eligibility requirements outlined above