Metropolitan Ballet Theatre Relocating to Gaithersburg
The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre (MBT) has finalized plans to move the nonprofit arts education organization to Gaithersburg in the spring of 2014.
The relocation will give the ballet theatre more space to expand its programming.
The theatre is moving its studio to 220 Perry Parkway, a space that will include more than 7,700 square feet of space, with three large class studios. MBT’s existing facility includes only 2,400 square feet and two studios.
At the new location, students and faculty will enjoy state-of-the-art sprung dance flooring, high ceilings, incredible natural light, on-site costuming for the extensive collection of costumes it re-uses for its professional performances, an in-studio performance theater, and space for students to study and more.
“MBT is looking forward to this much-needed expansion and relocation. It was forced upon us because our current building is being demolished, but we are certainly making the best of it,” says Erica Hwang, President of MBT’s board of directors. “Our students, faculty, and the community will see significant new benefits from this change.”
Playing into the choice to move to Gaithersburg is the support and assistance received from city officials.
“We are delighted with the support from the city, in the form of a Toolbox Grant, to help build out our new space,” says Paula Ross, development and marketing director. “MBT’s total capital investment will exceed $200,000 (after significant assistance from the landlord), and the $15,700 Toolbox Grant toward our capital campaign goal is very much appreciated. The possibility to partner with the city, to mutually support arts outreach to youth and seniors in the community in support of our mission, is also very appealing and played a role in our decision.”
MBT worked closely with Tom Lonergan, Gaithersburg’s economic development director, to assess the potential support and partnership opportunities before making a decision. “The city of Gaithersburg is very pleased that such a prestigious arts organization as MBT is relocating and expanding here. We are looking forward to working with them to further enhance the city’s cultural landscape,” says Lonergan.