Berkeley Ballet Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber of ballet training to students of every shape, size, ability, age and background. Since its founding in 1981, BBT has provided rigorous programming, created dancers of international caliber, and given thousands of hobbyist students the opportunity to connect with and express their personal artistry.

As part of our perennial effort to make the world of ballet accessible to the broadest East Bay audience, BBT’s annual tuition assistance program provides reduced tuition, scholarships and fellowships to dancers and their families otherwise unable to pay for ballet classes. BBT’s Work Study Program gives adult dancers the opportunity to participate in ballet class in exchange for in-studio work hours. Since 1992, BBT’s Outreach Program has provided more than 30,000 children with a gateway theatrical experience presented during the school day at the Julia Morgan Theater. Utilizing the model of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program, BBT also offers free weekly movement classes to members of our community affected by Parkinson’s disease.

For over three decades BBT has created a welcoming, supportive, and rigorous training environment for students of all ages. We hope to see you in our studios!

Special Events

Upcoming events at BBT:
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At Berkeley Ballet Theater, we believe that every child should experience the thrill of performance. Each year, students are encouraged to participate in two seasonal, full-scale productions that are open to the public. Performance opportunities are available to students of all ages: from Pre-Ballet to Adult, and are one of the many benefits that set Berkeley Ballet Theater apart from other schools.