Metropolitan Ballet Theatre - Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014


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Annual Report of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Fiscal Year 2014, Gaithersburg, MD

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Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014 July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Celebrating a 25-year tradition and looking to an exciting future.


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Leadership, Faculty, and Support Staff Artistic Director Elizabeth Odell Catlett Executive Director Paula Ross Ballet Master Tyrone C. Walker Business & Communications Manager Brenda Lipowsky Administrative Assistant Erin Fitzgerald Founder: Suzanne Erlon Faculty Elizabeth Odell Catlett Matthew Bennett Rachel Coyle Christine Doyle Jessica Ellis Erin Fitzgerald Jennifer Hausdorfer Anneliese Parisi Matina Phillips Katerina Rodgaard Katie Smith Gavin Stewart Tyrone C. Walker Laura Wilson Board of Directors President Anita Anderson Vice President Cheryl Heller Secretary Sanja Modric Treasurer Vanessa Rowan Ex-officio Erica Hwang Directors Elizabeth Odell Catlett Jeff Katz Diana Ludet Yves Pelletier Jay Reilly Paula Ross Thank you to these immediate past Board Members for their service: Gretchen Fitzpatrick Denise Sinay Sharon Tharkur Leslie Wallace Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Inc. is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Inc. is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Cover Photography by Goli Kaviani & Elizabeth Odell Catlett Cover photography, clockwise from top left: Academy photo, Ballet 2; Finale Snow White, March 2014; Academy photo, Ballet 7 and 8; The Evil Queen and Magic Mirror, Snow White, March 2014; Academy photo, Ballet 3; Flowers, The Nutcracker, December 2013 Above: Members of the Board of Directors at MBT25 Donor Reception,November 2014 Metropolitan Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization. Gifts are gratefully accepted and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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Seven years ago, when I was Assistant Artistic Director of Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, we received the devastating news that we were going to lose the studio that had been MBT’s home for nearly 20 years. Fast forward to 2014--now that MBT’s gorgeous new space is a reality, it’s time to celebrate the organization’s success and those who made it possible. A project of this magnitude can only be achieved when stellar leaders are in place. First, we owe a debt of gratitude to last year’s Board members under the leadership of President, Erica Hwang; Vice President, Gretchen Fitzpatrick; Secretary, Sharon Tharkur; and Treasurer, Leslie Wallace. Next, the staff deserves a standing ovation for their tireless efforts in managing and implementing the construction and move. But most of all, we thank you – the dancers, their families, the donors, and the whole community for coming together to make MBT’s dream a reality. We hope you love our new facility as much as we do. From the President of the Board Throughout this daunting construction project, the staff remained focused on the organization’s mission. In her second year as Artistic Director, Elizabeth Catlett built upon the previous year’s successful debut of her original version of The Nutcracker, choreographed a brand new Snow White in the Spring, and revamped the Gala performance to better showcase the artistic progression of MBT’s dancers. MBT’s outreach programs continued to expand, including a partnership with Linkages to Learning which allowed MBT staff to teach five classes per week at Summit Hall Elementary School , a Title One school in Gaithersburg. On the administrative side, after a year of demonstrating strong leadership skills and a commitment to MBT, Paula Ross was promoted to Executive Director. Alongside Ms. Catlett, she is tasked with leading the organization through this exciting period of growth. Now that the organization is on terra firma, the Board of Directors has the luxury of looking forward to the next 25 years. I envision a future filled with continued dedication to artistic excellence, to serving our community, and to serving the dancers and families who are at the heart of the MBT’s mission. Sincerely, Anita Durall Anderson Above: Anita Anderson sharing remarks at MBT’s Ribbon Cutiing, September 2014. Below: Anita Anderson, County Executive Ike Leggett, Paula Ross and Elizabeth Catlett


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From the Artistic Director When I think back to where we were a year ago it is hard to imagine the steps taken to bring MBT to a new home. This past year has been so rewarding. I never dreamt that I would have the opportunity to help design a dance facility from the ground up and see my young students transition so beautifully to a new space. Not only do we have 3 large studios, we now have properly sprung floors, ceilings high enough to accommodate dance lifts, and a sound system so fantastic that you can feel the music! I feel that the MBT studios have graduated to the next level of artistry and professionalism. We are working to create knowledgeable, passionate, and talented young dancers and I am so proud to watch our students shine in the space that they deserve. In my first full year as Artistic Director I not only worked to raise the caliber of our dancers’ technique and bring MBT to a brand new location, but I pushed myself creatively to bring professional level productions to the stage. Snow White was a true joy to produce. I owe much of the success to my co-choreographer, dancers, prop designers, and the fantastic costume team who brought the characters to life! In the 2014 Gala we incorporated an honors piece that captured the progression of the academy and also showcased our 2nd Student Choreography Competition. When I look back on the success of the 2013 Nutcracker, Snow White, and our end-of-the-year Gala I feel overjoyed and honored to have such wonderful dancers, costume and set designers, and audience members that gave us sold out shows! I am also proud of MBT, not only for the significant relocation that we successfully accomplished but also because of the good that our organization tries to do on a daily basis. This past year we truly reached out to the community in new ways. Being able to offer weekly dance classes to Title 1 elementary schools with our own Metropolitan Ballet instructors was such a reward for our staff, and was also the first time we have partnered so closely with a Title 1 school. We also developed a wonderful relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. Our own students went to the Boys and Girls Club in Germantown, MD to help teach young children how to dance. These continued partnerships have enhanced our sense of responsibility to give back to the community, and I can only look forward to the growth in our outreach to better impact our community. I feel so privileged to have experienced all that has transpired this past year. I have learned that dreams can become reality through hard work and dedication to a vision. As Artistic Director of MBT, I aim to inspire young dancers with my passion and enthusiasm for dance. I look forward to the academy thriving in our new home. Sincerely, Elizabeth Catlett Elizabeth Catlett and Tyrone Walker at MBT’s Gala & Dance Concert, May 2014.


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Dec 2013: 25th annual production of The Nutcracker Elizabeth Odell Catlett’s and Tyrone C. Walker’s updates to MBT’s traditional full-length Nutcracker were received with rave reviews from both long-time MBT patrons and patrons new to MBT’s outstanding productions. 111 dancers, including 6 professional dancers and adults in the party scene, took the stage for 9 performances. (A tenth performance was cancelled due to emergency weather conditions.) Approximately 4,500 patrons witnessed the magic of MBT’s fabulous costumes and beautiful scenery – including a Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, magical dancing dolls, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, a dazzling blizzard with dancing snowflakes and a land of luscious sweets. MBT’s incredible volunteers logged over 1,000 hours to make this production a reality. Meeting our Mission: Professional Performing Opportunities MBT’s all-original production of Snow White was a storybook ballet for the record books! 44 students and faculty members performed for four audiences totaling approximately 1,500 patrons. Audiences met a young Snow White and watched her grow up, witnessed the fun antics of the dwarves and watched as the wicked witch was forever locked into her magic mirror in this enchanting ballet. Elizabeth Odell Catlett received accolades for her selection and re-arrangement of the score, as well as for her engaging choreography. As always, MBT’s volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure a seamless production, logging over 800 hours to create incredible costumes and sets from scratch! The Reilly family, with their expert costuming and set-design skills, led our volunteer team for this gorgeous production! March 2014: an original production of Snow White May 2014: Gala & Dance Concert Students of all ages, levels and disciplines took the stage at MBT’s 2nd annual Gala & Dance Concert. The event raised approximately $10,000 for capital needs, and also gave our students an amazing endof-year celebration! Over 100 students, adult ensemble dancers and professionals performed to a sold-out crowd at BlackRock Center for the Arts. This event would not have been possible without major support from corporate sponsors Whole Foods Market Kentlands, Not Your Average Joes, CalPro Group, and Paisano’s Pizza. Of note, four student dancers presented original pieces, previously adjudicated as part of the annual choreography competition. Guest judges awarded the choregraphy competition prize to senior Jessica Tatum, for the second year in a row. It was a very memorable evening! Building self-confidence, discipline, creativity and flexibilty


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Me e t ing o ur Mi ssi on : Taking D an c e to O ur C o mmun i t y Outreach Events MBT continually raises the “barre” to take our art form beyond our studio wall and stages. Our students and faculty reach thousands annually - including many underserved youth and seniors in our community - through outreach classes, demonstration events, classroom visits, free community performances and more. As part of our mission, we also host a ticket giveaway program so that at-risk or underserved youth and seniors are able to enjoy a live performance with their family or friends. New for FY14 we added free after-school residency programs at a Title 1 elementary school, serving 75 students there in 3 after-school and two morning dance classes per week. Here is a sample of our fiscal year 2014 outreach: 2014 June - free classes and Open House at the new MBT studios, Gaithersburg February through June - Residency program with free classes at Summit Hall Elementary School and associated preschool, Gaithersburg, MD, led by MBT faculty Free quarterly classes at the Germantown Boys & Girls Club with MBT faculty member Katie Smith and MBT students May - the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble visited Whetstone ES with BlackRock Center for the Arts to perform for the students in the free after-school dance program there. May - free Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble performance at Holiday Park Multipurpose Senior Center, Wheaton, MD May - free community performance from student choreography competition finalists and Snow White cast, and sample demonstration classes at Kentlands Day, Gaithersburg March - patch chat activities for Girl Scouts after performances of MBT’s Spring Ballet (Snow White) March - studio visit from families served by Operation Second Chance with free class and mini-performances from the Snow White cast March - studio visit from local Girl Scout troop with free class and mini-performance March - studio visit from special needs classroom at Waters Landing ES February - free performance from Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble at Wootton HS Black History Month celebration February - free cultural arts assemblies at Rachel Carson ES. Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble performed pieces from their new Black History Month repertoire, engaged in Q&A with students and had a short classroom visit. 2013 December – patch chat activities for Girl Scouts after performances of The Nutcracker December - studio visit from local Girl Scout troop for free class and mini-performance October 1 - free class at the Germantown Boys & Girls Club with MBT faculty member Katie Smith September 15 – Whole Kids Charity event at Whole Foods Kentlands, free community performance and interactive class demonstrations with MBT faculty August 17 – open house, free trial classes at MBT studios Periodic classes for Seniors at Engleside Community Center, King Farm Community, Rockville, MD Enhancing civic responsibility through outreach to the community.


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Educational Programming MBT is unique as a classical ballet school in that we are all-inclusive. We accept any student, regardless of age, size, shape, technical ability, previous experience, future aspirations or economic circumstances. We serve students from age 2 through adult, and offer an adaptive ballet program for those students with developmental or physical disabilities. We believe arts education makes a well-rounded person, and that every student deserves the opportunity for a premier dance education. Our Academy currently serves over 325 students in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop dance. A few statistics from fiscal year 2014 programs: • 344 students participated in the academic year program, taught by 10 faculty members and 5 guest artists. 206 students participated in the summer program, taught by 8 faculty members and 7 guest artists. 95 students participated in off-site free residency programs. Scholarships totaling over $17,500 were provided to families in need. MBT’s Student Government Association led four major social events for the student body. Over 30 pairs of students participated in the Big-Little mentoring program, where younger students are paired with older students to particpate in social activities, class visitations and letter-trades throughout the year. One new discipline, tap, was added to the curriculum when we moved into the new studios in May. Students first enjoyed dancing in the new Perry Parkway location in May 2014. Meeting our Mission: A Premier Dance Education to Everyone • • • • • • • Photos: Top: Boys Hip Hop, Big-Little Pair backstage at Snow White Middle: Ballet Level 1 Lower: Ballet Level 6 Opposite: MBT Students conduct dance outreach program at Oktoberfest in Gaithersburg, October 2013 Professional dance education in a caring, nurturing environment.


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Thank you to these Friends of MBT Donations received July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 Sponsor ($10,000+) Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Capital One Bank ($2,000-9,999) Community Foundation for National Capital Region (on behalf of the County Executive’s Ball for the Arts & Humanities), MD State Arts Council, Sanja & Tomislav Modric, Whole Foods Market Kentlands Donor ($1,000 - $1,999) Brenda & Mark Lipowsky, Nitsa Stamoulis & Timothy Angelos Fr i e n d s of M BT - T h an k y o u ! Sustainer ($500 - $999) Cheryl & Michael Heller, Karlyne & Jay Reilly Contributor ($250 - $499) Anonymous, Virginia Colten-Bradley & Michael Bradley, Jennifer and Peter Haupt, Arlene Hwang & Michael Chen, Paula & Andrew Ross, Christine & Eric Smith, Leslie & Joe Wallace Friend ($100 - $249) Cecilia & Curt Allen, Cindy & Jeff Anapolsky, Anita & Eric Anderson, Colette Benie & Aubert Zohore, Sharon & Lew Berman, Aminta & Kevin Binger, Angie & Jarrod Borkat, Ebru Bozacioglu & Gregg Willhauck, Jo Alice Buxton, Crystal & Ramon Calá, Elizabeth & Ryan Catlett, Jennifer and Jeffrey Cohen, Chris Danaceau, Claire Danaceau, Clark Construction, Christy & Mark Davis, Shayla Fahey, Gretchen & Dan Fitzpatrick, Aida Flores & Jose Gonzalez, Malfalda Fontana & Rogue Santi, Maryam & Saeid Garzan, Sherry & Matt Gowarty, Teri & Mike Gureckis, Pin He, Carolyn & Scott Herman, Erica & David Hwang, Nikki & Erik Johnson, Kathy & Vernon Johnson, Heather & Jeff Katz, Michelle & Daniel Kaufman, Colleen Kemp & Donald Bliss, Katie & Tony Lam, Les Gals Activewear, The McKiernan Family, Annette Parness, Susan & Yves Pelletier, Rachel Carson Elementary School PTA, Tonie & Chris Rommel, Anna & Bart Sambor, Rita Sampson, Denise Gottron Sinay & Michael Sinay, Sincerely Yours by Jill Klein, Lorraine & Mike Slud, Stella & Dot by Christine Scott, Erin & David Stillwell, Margaret and David Stroncek, Laurie & Nate Tatum, Sharon & Michael Tharkur, Joyce Tso & Thomas Chen, Jackie & Steve Vinick, Teresa Wu, Suzie & Todd Young Supporter ($25 - $99): David J. Bishop, Rachel Coyle, Isabel Gomez, Robert Greenfest, Heidi Hsia, Lynn Joslin, Carolyn Kamrath, Goli & Kamyar Kaviani, Katy & Nate Knotts, Jeremie Lariviere, William Dean Leary, Diana Ludet, Mary Nelson, Vanessa Rowan, Scentsy by Amy Rosenblum, Sugarlily Hair Bows, Sweet Frog Travilah Square, Thirty-One Bags, Tipo’s Toy Box, Susan Vajda, Rick Westerkamp, Laurie Zavadil ($1-$24): Megan McDermott, Corinne H Peterman, Dena Shao, Jenna Staats, Mandy Swaan Corporate Sponsors - significant in-kind support Adobe Systems, The CalPro Group, Google, HP, Happy Family Foods, Microsoft, Not Your Average Joes, Paisanos Pizza, Universities of Shady Grove, Whole Foods Market Kentlands In-Kind Supporters Angie and Jarrod Borkat, Elizabeth & Ryan Catlett, Coal Fire Pizza, Virginia Colten-Bradley, Kathy Coakley, Footlights, Germantown Copy & Print, Pat Gross, Cheryl and Michael Heller, Erica & David Hwang, Kathy and Vernon Johnson, Heather & Jeff Katz, Goli Kaviani, The Kemp-Bliss Family, Brenda & Mark Lipowsky, Sara Mangiaracina with Mary Kay, MBT Board of Directors, Chad Older, Susan & Yves Pelletier, Karlyne & Jay Reilly, Tonie & Chris Rommel, Paula & Andrew Ross, Rachel & Greg Schanck, Katie Smith, Sterico Signs, Tatum Family, Sharon & Michael Tharkur, Tyrone C. Walker, Young Family


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Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Position MBT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization. Thanks to our generous donors and patrons, MBT had a very strong year, even with the incredible expense of relocating and expanding into our beautiful new studios. MBT also is poised for a strong year ahead, able to continue the high quality of dance education, outreach and productions. MBT proudly upholds a 25-year tradition of debt-free operations and is stable. Fiscal Year 2014 Financials Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue & Expense Unrestricted Revenue Earned: Interest: Contributed: Total: 572,050 579 316,824 889,453 (+51% over FY13) The major increase in contributed revenue is largely due to contributions to MBT’s Capital Campaign, MBT25, and the Montgomery County CIP Grant for the Arts & Humanities, which supported MBT’s construction activities.. Expense Program: Fundraising: General &Admin: Total: 560,746 10,301 96,255 667,302 (+29% over FY13) Net Unrestricted Activity: 222,151 Net Restricted Activity: -77,647 (released from reTotal Net Activity: 144,504 striction)


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From the Executive Director In just over two years at MBT, I have found that no two days are alike. My first day here, we started feverishly conducting a space search for MBT’s new home, laid the foundation to launch MBT’s first-ever Capital Campaign just a couple of weeks later, and the pace has not let up since then. I’m proud to say that MBT just moved into our brand new space, triple the size of our old space, the energy around our programs is infectious, and we are positively impacting the arts experiences of more youth and seniors – inside and outside of our studios. We are building community partnerships and witnessing first-hand the ability of the arts to bring positive change to individuals and communities. We are in a strong financial state and are able to make strategic decisions for the future of the organization. My focus in the office has been to ensure MBT’s financial stability throughout our relocation, and to strategically plan for the future. Programmatically, my passion lies in helping our Artistic staff to build our outreach programs in the nearby community. We all are very blessed to experience the arts each day, and we live in a community where that isn’t possible for many people. Part of MBT’s mission is to ensure that our academy students feel a sense of civic responsibility, and we are trying to offer more opportunities for each of them to engage in arts outreach in the community. I am very proud of our staff. We are a small team, but mighty. Passionate and dedicated don’t begin to describe our team at MBT - particularly Elizabeth Catlett and Brenda Lipowsky, who are both on the front lines of our programs for hours each day. We all owe sincere gratitude to our Board of Directors. Our current and immediate past Board presidents, Anita Anderson and Erica Hwang, are tenacious and dedicated leaders. We couldn’t have made so many advancements so quickly without their commitment. It has been an incredible couple of years for MBT, thanks to our students, parents, volunteers, Board, staff, donors, sponsors and patrons. We are a family, and we couldn’t have made all of these changes to the benefit of our students and our broader community without you. Now that the major relocation project is behind us, our next step is planning for a sustainable future. I look forward to helping continue the wonderful work that MBT does for its students and community. Thank you for your warm welcome to your staff and I look foward to continuing to serve you. My door is always open, and I hope you will share your ideas with me! Sincerely, Paula Ross L-R: Liz, Paula and Brenda at the County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities, October 2014. MBT was recognized with one of the County Executive’s Awards.


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Our Expansion and Relocation was a Success! Thank you for your gifts & pledges to MBT25! Director’s Circle Montgomery County, MD Sustainer Circle $10,000+ City of Gaithersburg, MD Erica and David Hwang Pirouette $2,500+ Cheryl and Michael Heller Heidi and Jack Hsia Goli and Kamyar Kaviani Kally and Andrew Panagos Leslie and Joe Wallace Arabesque $1,000+ Anita & Eric Anderson Sally and David Catlett Heather and Jeff Katz Brenda and Mark Lipowsky Lucy Anne and Grant Lock Sanja and Tom Modric Pillar One Consulting Teresa Wu Relevé $500+ Pascale Brady and Family Virginia Colten-Bradley and Michael Bradley, in honor of Ana Bradley Elizabeth and Ryan Catlett Joanne and Jerry Cohen Michelle and Ted George Ursula and John Heberlein Caroline and Chiang Mei Tonie and Christopher Rommel Paula and Andrew Ross Katie and Drew Smith, in honor of Mack Smith Texas Instruments Sharon and Michael Tharkur Julie Novick and Michael Feshbach MBT25 Capital Campaign - Bringing MBT to a New Home Plié $50 + Cindy and Jeff Anapolsky Molly Anapolsky Antezana & Antezana, LLC Monica Barrion and Appolon Fanzares Colleen Bergeron Ebru Bozacioglu and Gregg Willhauck, and Sara Willhauck Madonna Calendar Clark Construction Ellen and Alan Cunningham DancEthos Gretchen and Dan Fitzpatrick Katherine and Carl Furr Fay and Preston Gnagey Margie Geotz Lora Green Pat Gross Mary Lou and Charles Haggard Mary and Paul Hlavinka Amie Hsia Kathy and Vernon Johnson, in honor of Cathy and Lydie Johnson Paula Landau Tony and Katie Lam, in honor of Sydney Lam Sandra Li and Chinlin Chai Valerie and Troy Luster Jennifer and David Macht Christine Mei Metro Metro & Associates Denise and Thomas Murphy Judith and Robert Murphy, in honor of Kayla and Fiona Murphy Not Your Average Joes Susan and Yves Pelletier Jody Rosenblum Vanessa Rowan Robert S. Salomon, III Nancy Samit Ann and William Schlossenberg Swati Sil and Partha Chowdhury and Shreeya Chowdhury Denise and Michael Sinay Peggy and David Stroncek Elsa Tung Laura Wilson Linda Youngentob Laurie Zavadil Significant In-Kind Support Anonymous Curt Allen Chad Older Contributor or Student Campaign Sponsor Anonymous Austin Katz Frannie and Dick Kessler, in honor of Anna Kessler Dana Lipowsky The Manikoth Family Dale A. Rubenstein Lynn Stahl Alice and Charles Wachter You can still help us “Bring MBT Home!” Your gift makes a difference! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our MBT25 Capital Campaign and help us pay for the substantial investment in MBT’s new home. Naming opportunities are available for many spaces in the new studio. Our students, Board of Directors, faculty, staff, volunteers and patrons thank you! MBT25 gifts can be made in installments for changes to our permanent lobby donor recognition wall through December 2014.


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M BT i s n ot ju st a d an c e a c a d e my. . . it’s a c ommunit y s e r v i c e . Thank you for a warm welcome to our new home! Ribbon-Cutting, September 24, 2014 (l:r) Laurie Edberg, Special Assistant to Senator Barbara Mikulski; State Senator Jennie Forehand; Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice; City of Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz; Anita Anderson, MBT Board President; Congressman John Delaney; Erica Hwang, Ex-Officio, MBT Board of Directors; Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett; Paula Ross, MBT Executive Director; Elizabeth Odell Catlett, MBT Artistic Director; Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews; Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal; City of Gaithersburg Councilmember Jud Ashman and David Edgerley, Sonabank and GGCC Board Chair at the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber conducted Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy on September 24, 2014. (Photo credit – Laura Rowles, GGCC Director of Events & Marketing) 220 Perry Parkway, Suite 8 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 301-762-1757 twitter: @MBTDance YouTube: MetropolitanBallet1



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