Founded in 1983, Manassas Ballet Theatre (MBT) has grown from being the performing offshoot of a local dance studio into a rapidly expanding professional ballet company with an international reach. Today, MBT is ranked as the 72nd largest ballet company in the nation by revenue based on data available through Guidestar. MBT is now the second largest ballet company in Virginia and the largest professional performing arts organization based in Northern Virginia.

MBT is comprised of three components:


The Company consists of 29 adult professional dancers supported by an Artistic Director, Ballet Masters and other technical and administrative personnel. Each season, MBT presents four productions (totaling 22 performances for 2017-18) at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, while offering six Educational Outreach performances each season at the Hylton for over 6,000 area public school students. MBT is the largest earned revenue provider to the Hylton. The Company dancers of MBT come from eleven different countries. Annually, over 100 dancers audition to join MBT’s company, some travelling from as far away as China, Brazil, Japan and the Near East. MBT presents an annual Nutcracker production, which is the best attended professional level performing arts event in the Northern Virginia region; in 2017, a record-breaking 12 shows will be offered. MBT provides more media coverage and name/brand awareness to our community than any other area arts/cultural/non-profit institution. MBT has been featured by many regional, national and international media outlets, including The Washington Post, CBS News Sunday Morning, BBC Radio, NPR, The Wall Street Journal-South Korea edition, Czech television, New Zealand television, NBC Washington, Fox 5 DC and much more


MBTO is comprised of 55 professional musicians who provide accompaniment to MBT’s productions at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. MBT is one of the few ballet companies (and almost uniquely so for our size) to provide live musical accompaniment for each and every production to beautifully enhance the audience experience


MBA offers instruction utilizing the Vaganova (Russian) methodology to all levels of students, from the smallest pre-dancer to the aspiring professional or college-bound young adult. The Academy offers excellent ballet instruction as well as pointe, variations, pas de deux, jazz, character, modern, lyrical, boys class, adult ballet and more. In addition to the width of classes offered by MBA, the Academy also has its own student performing arm, the Manassas Youth Ballet. In its first two seasons, MYB has performed for Potomac Nationals Arts in the Park, Haymarket Day, Occoquan Arts Festival, Arts Alive, Woodbridge Alive, Locust Shade Amphitheater Summer Performances, Fall Jubilee, Manassas First Friday, Much Ado About Art Festival, Spring Art Fling at Rippon Lodge, and the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.