The Nutcracker, The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

December 12, 2018 - The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre

Enrichment is the great equalizer

Unlike a typical dance school, stepping through the doors of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre reveals an unexpected atmosphere of calm and warmth. No cell phones, they have been placed in a basket at the front desk. Interaction with friends here is real, not virtual. 

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre founder, Prima Ballerina Maniya Barredo took her final curtain call on the stage of the Atlanta Ballet after twenty years. When she departed, she was already planning to establish a ballet school that would produce artists totally prepared for the demands of a professional dance career. Keep in mind even if you have what it takes, training as a lead dancer takes as long as it might to become a brain surgeon and also costs thousands of dollars. You have to LOVE it!


Tickets to the nutcracker in Atlanta can easily cost 1,000 dollars for a family of four; far from the reach of most middle class families.


To share their passion and grow lovers of Ballet, MBT spends thousands of dollars annually to provide enrichment to our community through: 

-quality in-school and community programs 

-free Nutcracker performances 

-free tickets to all performances for area charities

And annual scholarships for students committed to the work required for professional ballet career.


Real change in the world is possible through gifts like these. How could you estimate the positive impact on the imagination of a child seeing a real full production ballet…for the first time? Unaccustomed as they are to their share of life’s cultural treasures.

The dancers are always striving to improve their personal best, but incubating the unity of the company is the ultimate goal.  Growing wonderful people through parents and students working together to create a quality production and to share the beauty of a spectacular performance.


The dancers are taught that their education here must consist of more than conquering the perfect pirouette. Self-reliance, responsibility, integrity, and compassion are all part of what it takes to succeed; not just in art but in life. Discipline, focus, responsibility, and respect for others are all essential to the work year.


MBT devotes itself to the highest standard of classical training. This program is built on encouraging students in the rigorous and exact technique required to be more than a hobbist.  20 years ago MBT was one of very few programs in the world where a small town girl could train in a way that would actually prepare her for the New York Ballet.


Like large prestige programs in New York and San Francisco, MBT places many of its graduates directly into highly competitive professional dance companies. The remarkable internal strength training… serves its “civilian” alumni just as well.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, that herald of the Holidays, is coming with five performances December 14, 15, & 16. Staged at Blessed Trinity High School, this year marks Metropolitan Ballet Theatre's 17th production of the celebrated classic.


MBT's full-scale production follows Clara from her victory over the evil Mouse King, to a voyage with her Nutcracker Prince.  The travel through snowy hills to the Land of Sweets - a magical world of sparkling sugarplums, twirling angels, and dancing confections from around the world.

About MBT

Our Mission

The mission of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) is to train young dancers in the art of classical ballet and promote excellence based on the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. Each dancer will be taught with respect, love, and responsibility.
The goals of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre are

  • To create performance opportunities
  • To introduce and expose dancers to different dance styles, choreography, and choreographers
  • To nurture dancers into the artists of the future

The purpose of MBT is to create an atmosphere of self-competition and inner growth, nurtured with love and mutual respect. Through this process, students learn the values of discipline, commitment, hard work, passion, integrity, respect, trust and excellence. 

The Admission Process

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre focuses on the individual needs of each dancer as it conducts pre-professional classes for students ages 10 through 21 in ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern dance.

  • Students 10 years and older must call to schedule an audition.
  • Training is offered for children ages 5 through 9 without audition.
  • Private coaching is available for currently enrolled students.
  • Professional dancers, former dancers, and instructors are welcome on a drop-in basis.

The Maniya Barredo Scholarship

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable tax-exempt organization. The leadership of the school is of minority background and a serious commitment exists to offer ballet and dance education to all interested students, regardless of their ability to pay for the world-class instruction they can receive at MBT.​If you would like to make a tax deductible donation in support of MBT’s scholarship program, please contact us!Awarded to a female dancer who has a passion for the Art of Dance and

  • Is committed to excellence
  • Shows dedication to professional ethics in class, rehearsals and performances
  • Possesses leadership skills in motivating others to strive for their personal best
  • Strives for educational achievement
  • Is goal oriented
  • Realizes her dream