Olney Ballet Theatre

Olney Ballet Theatre Artistic Director - Patricia Berrend
The Olney Ballet Theatre is a non-profit, performing arts, educational organization supported financially by parents, local businesses, corporate grants, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland
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Mission: Olney Ballet Theatre is committed to young dancers and to extending their education in the arts by providing opportunities to perform in a theater setting before live audiences, thereby enhancing and giving meaning to their years of routine dance training. Olney Ballet Theatre is equally committed to becoming an educational resource that will provide cultural enrichment for the community, particularly for the community’s young people, through presentations of high quality, original productions of understandable, entertaining story ballets performed by young dancers. No person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, or age who is otherwise qualified shall be excluded from participation in Olney Ballet Theatre. Furthermore, no person who is otherwise qualified shall be excluded from participation or be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination solely by reason of his or her handicap.

Berrend Dance Centre
05/26/2020

Berrend Dance Centre

Berrend Dance Centre congratulates our class of 2020! We are excited to see what the future holds for these amazing young women. Wishing you all the best. #classof2020 #graduation2020 #congratsgrads

Berrend Dance Centre
05/17/2020

Berrend Dance Centre

We are excited to have been selected by Youth America Grand Prix to compete in the Audience Choice Awards! Today May 17th @ 3PM Entry #38 Between the Trees

Visit the YAGP page for the Livestream!

HOW TO VOTE: During the livestream and up to 24 hours after to video airs, leave a comment letting YAGP know the name of your favorite Ensemble “#38 Between the Trees” AND be sure to tag Berrend Dance Centre within the same comment. Voting will remain open for 24 hours after each video ends, after which votes will be tallied. You may vote for multiple pieces, however only one vote per person will be counted per piece.

Choreographer: Therese Gahl
Director: Patricia Berrend

Berrend Dance Centre
05/09/2020

Berrend Dance Centre

We are excited to announce that BDC's award winning ensemble, "Between the Trees", choreographed by the talented Therese Gahl, has been entered in the Youth America Grand Prix's Audience Choice Awards. Our ensemble won second place in the YAGP Toronto Regional Semi-Finals on March 15th. Please invite your friends and family to vote and share to social media. The ensemble performances will be broadcast on the Youth America Grand Prix FaceBook Live Friday, May 15 at 7 PM, Saturday, May 16 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 17 at 3 PM. More details and program lineup for each livestream coming soon.

Thank you all for your support of our amazing dancers and choreographer.

#YAGPaudiencechoice

Berrend Dance Centre
05/02/2020
Berrend Dance Centre

Berrend Dance Centre

Join our Virtual Adult Ballet classes - Monday, Thursday and Sunday!

Berrend Dance Centre
04/21/2020

Berrend Dance Centre

Join our Zoom adult ballet classes! #zoomdanceclass #adultballetdancers #adultballet #adultdancers #keepmoving #staysafe #danceathome

04/02/2020
Berrend Dance Centre

Berrend Dance Centre

We are offering drop-in virtual Adult Ballet classes. Come join us!

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Apr 4, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Our first class will be this Saturday, April 4 at noon with Ms. Allison. Please register first and when we have students for a class, you will receive a PayPal link to pay the $15 drop in fee and then you will receive a password for the class.

Register in advance for this meeting by sending us an email to [email protected]

03/21/2020
Berrend Dance Centre

Join Berrend Dance Centre, our official school, in this fun challenge.

#BDCtiktokchallenge #letskeepmoving #showusyourbestmoves #wereallinthistogether

Some of you will recognize our Nutcracker costumes, which came from The Washington Ballet. Note our artistic director Pa...
02/22/2020

Some of you will recognize our Nutcracker costumes, which came from The Washington Ballet. Note our artistic director Pat Berrend in the far left and Chelsea Clinton as Favorite Aunt at the center of the photo.

#ThrowbackThursday to the 1990s when Chelsea Clinton studied and performed with TWSB!

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of TWSB, we're sharing special notes from our alumni, including Chelsea:

"Congratulations to The Washington Ballet on seventy-five remarkable years! I loved dance from the first moment of my first creative movement class in Little Rock, Arkansas. While I knew early on that I probably wasn’t going to be a professional dancer, I equally knew that I wanted dance, and especially ballet, to be part of my life. When we moved to Washington, I was a little apprehensive about my new ballet school. While it was certainly strict, it was also tremendous fun. I made friends at the barre and during Nutcracker rehearsals who remain treasured parts of my life today. The discipline and organization (so my ballet and schoolwork were both priorities), I honed during my time at WSB helped me thrive in college and beyond. And, I still sit up very straight - thank you Ms. Day, Ms. Serrano and Ms. Berrend! WSB also gave me role models, including the luminous Virginia Johnson, who continue to inspire me. I could not imagine my life without The Washington Ballet and I know I am far from alone in feeling that way. It is thrilling to watch as Julie Kent brings her vision to life with the company today and I cannot wait to see what the next decades hold for the company and the school."

Our 75th Anniversary reunion weekend begins tomorrow! Learn more: http://bit.ly/TWSB75reunion

12/14/2019
Snow, Nutcracker 2019

Snow, Nutcracker 2019. A must see! Running until Christmas Eve, Olney Theatre Center.

Olney Ballet Theatre’s founding director, Pat Berrend, trained under Mary Day, the founding director of the Washington B...
12/01/2019
With many chances to see ‘The Nutcracker’ in Howard, familiarity breeds fans’ devotion

Olney Ballet Theatre’s founding director, Pat Berrend, trained under Mary Day, the founding director of the Washington Ballet. Berrend has starred in dozens of The Washington Ballet’s “Nutcrackers" and now runs her own company with a nod to her mentor. She puts on one of the best “Nutcracker” productions around.
With a number of Howard County dancers on the roster and special guest artists, it’s a not-to-be-missed event.
Note the appearance of Martin Justo as the Cavalier. He’s the talented son of Columbia native, Anita Pacylowski, who graced both local and international stages with her impeccable interpretation of the Sugarplum Fairy.
Olney Ballet performs “Mary Day’s Nutcracker” at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Dec.13-24. Call 240-342-6063 for more information.

(Photo in Baltimore Sun is not of Olney Ballet Theatre.)

In the dance world, December means it’s time again for a dashing young prince to sweep a young girl named Clara away to the magical Kingdom of Sweets where music, movement and mystery abound. In other words, it’s “The Nutcracker” time.

“The Nutcracker” ballet tickets on sale now!
10/29/2019

“The Nutcracker” ballet tickets on sale now!

Audition Announcement! Calling all child dancers in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area!Olney Ballet Theatre is happy to ann...
09/15/2019

Audition Announcement! Calling all child dancers in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area!

Olney Ballet Theatre is happy to announce open auditions for children’s roles for the 2019 production of Mary Day’s “The Nutcracker” which will be held for the 13th year at The Olney Theatre Center’s Historic Stage.

Audition Dates: Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th at the Berrend Dance Centre. 9264 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland

For more details: https://www.olneyballet.org/obt-nutcracker-auditions ⭐️

Experience the MAGIC of “The Nutcracker” as a member of the cast!

Olney Ballet Theatre
08/06/2019

Olney Ballet Theatre

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08/06/2019

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08/06/2019
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The New Excitement and Magic of the Nutcracker season is arriving soon. Check out the audition dates!

JOIN US!
04/25/2019
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JOIN US!

Berrend Dance Centre is the official school for Olney Ballet Theatre. Tour the new state-of-the-art facility | Meet the Instructors | Preview the Class Offerings

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04/18/2019
YOU'RE INVITED

YOU'RE INVITED

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Happy New Year 2019!!! From Olney Ballet (Patricia Berrend: Artistic Director)! 🎊🥳🎆 #olneyballet #ballet #youngdancers #...
01/02/2019

Happy New Year 2019!!! From Olney Ballet (Patricia Berrend: Artistic Director)! 🎊🥳🎆

#olneyballet #ballet #youngdancers #realizingdancersdreams
(photo credit: Audie Atienza 📸 )

And that’s a wrap!!! 2018 @olneyballet The Nutcracker season is in the books! Thank you to all the dancers, parents, tea...
12/24/2018

And that’s a wrap!!! 2018 @olneyballet The Nutcracker season is in the books! Thank you to all the dancers, parents, teachers, volunteers, sponsors, and all who came to see the performances! Happy Holidays and a Joyful 2019 to all!
#olneyballet #nutcracker #marydaysnutcracker #alldone

A HUGE thank you to the fabulous professional guest artist for sharing their amazing talents with Olney Ballet Theatre, ...
12/24/2018

A HUGE thank you to the fabulous professional guest artist for sharing their amazing talents with Olney Ballet Theatre, inspiring our young dancers, and helping to make Mary Day’s The Nutcracker a delightful holiday tradition for our audiences!! THANK YOU!! 🙂❤️🎄
#olneyballet #marydaysnutcracker #nutcracker #awesomeguestdancers @ Olney Theatre Center

One more show! December 24th 1:00pm! 🎄❄️🙂#olneyballet #nutcracker
12/24/2018

One more show! December 24th 1:00pm! 🎄❄️🙂
#olneyballet #nutcracker

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12/24/2018

Olney Ballet Theatre's cover photo

12/23/2018

When the Snow Queen @jessemoo does a snow job on someone @xochi.atienza !! 😂💃🏼❄️❄️❄️❄️
#olneyballet #nutcracker #snow

Snow + Angels = Adorable! ❄️#olneyballet #nutcracker  @ Olney Theatre Center
12/23/2018

Snow + Angels = Adorable! ❄️

#olneyballet #nutcracker @ Olney Theatre Center

Some candid pics from this today’s performance of Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! Four (4) more performances to g...
12/22/2018

Some candid pics from this today’s performance of Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker! Four (4) more performances to go (through 12/24/18)!!
#olneyballet #thenutcracker #holidayfun #ballet @ Olney Theatre Center

Olney Ballet Theatre is proud to partner with The XA Project to spread cheer to patient families this holiday season! Th...
12/21/2018

Olney Ballet Theatre is proud to partner with The XA Project to spread cheer to patient families this holiday season! Thank you to all our sponsors who donated tickets for the families. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated by many!

#OlneyBallet #TheNutcracker #TheXAProject #SpreadingJoy

More beautiful smiles created this holiday season! A reminder that all family members are affected by the illness of a child. Bringing joy to siblings and other family members is just as important. 🙂💛

A gracious note from a family who attended Olney Ballet’s The Nutcracker:

“Thanks again for such a wonderful time for my daughter and my mother (my wife couldn't go the day off, so my mom, who moved here from California to help after our son's diagnosis) had at the Nutcracker last weekend. I heard all about it, including the wonderful seats (5th row center), how close the performers were, the concessions, and all the kids in their dresses. She was so excited because another grandma was with her kids in front of them and in back of them--we were happy she didn't feel out of place due to our need to always have a parent at home with her brother. My daughter felt so special that day on her "date." The past two Christmases have been rather lackluster at our house, so by her being treated special and doing something seemingly normal was a great experience.” 💛

Thank you Olney Ballet Theatre and Children's National Medical Center for partnering with The XA Project to help make this special time happen for the family.
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#thexaproject #theartstouchinghearts #olneyballet #thenutcracker #thenutcrackerballet #childrensnational #cnmc #spreadingjoy #honoringxavier 💛XA

12/19/2018
Don't miss OBT's production of Mary Day's Nutcracker, which DC Metro Theater Arts calls "graceful and sumptuous . . . li...
12/15/2018

Don't miss OBT's production of Mary Day's Nutcracker, which DC Metro Theater Arts calls "graceful and sumptuous . . . light as snow, sweet as chocolate, and warm and welcoming as a family hearth."
Now playing at the Olney Theatre Center through Dec. 24! https://www.olneyballet.org/tickets
#Nutcracker #MaryDay #OBT #olneyballet #tradition #magic

12/13/2018
Review: Olney Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker' - DC Metro Theater Arts

"This Nutcracker is Holiday tradition at its best -- light as snow, sweet as chocolate, and warm and welcoming as a family hearth. Add it to your festive season celebrations." Jennifer Georgia, DC Metro Theater Arts
https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/12/12/review-olney-ballet-theatres-the-nutcracker/

There are certain things that start popping up everywhere to mark the Holiday season. Carols on the radio. Decorations on houses and main streets. (Objecting to the fact that both of these are happening closer to Halloween these days is a new tradition, but probably a lost cause.) Old favorite speci...

Nutcracker Weekend 1 (5 shows) ✔️🙂! 2 more weekends + December 24th to go (10 shows)! Here are some pics from today’s pe...
12/10/2018

Nutcracker Weekend 1 (5 shows) ✔️🙂!

2 more weekends + December 24th to go (10 shows)!

Here are some pics from today’s performance. 🎄💃🏻🙂

Come experience the magic and celebrate the holidays with Olney Ballet - www.OlneyBallet.org/Nutcracker 🎄🥰

#olneyballet #ballet #thenutcracker #marydaysnutcracker #holidaytradition @ Olney Theatre Center

#Repost @rochestercityballet ・・・Our Company Dancer’s Jessica Tretter & John Deming are performing in Olney, Maryland dan...
12/09/2018

#Repost @rochestercityballet
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Our Company Dancer’s Jessica Tretter & John Deming are performing in Olney, Maryland dancing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, as well as Snow Queen and Snow King for Olney Ballet Theatre.
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Pictured: Jessica Tretter & John Deming

12/09/2018

Young "Clara" (daughter of Runqiao Du and Erin Du) receives the present of a Nutcracker for the first time. Magical moment! ✨

Come see Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker through Dec. 24th at the Olney Theatre Center!

www.olneyballet.org/Nutcracker

#olneyballet #ballet #thenutcracker #nutcracker #tistheseason

#marydaysnutcracker #olneyballettheatre #berrenddancecentre  @ Olney Theatre Center
12/09/2018

#marydaysnutcracker #olneyballettheatre #berrenddancecentre @ Olney Theatre Center

Some of the fabulous images captured. Great job everyone!#marydaysnutcracker #berrenddancecentre #olneyballettheatre
12/09/2018

Some of the fabulous images captured. Great job everyone!
#marydaysnutcracker #berrenddancecentre #olneyballettheatre

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Dear Olney Ballet Theatre's community. Please support us by coming to see Puerto Rico. Benefit Concert on December 1 at Asbury Methodist Village. Olney Ballet Theatre, Four Seasons Dancers and Bel Cantanti Opera Company will join forces to raise funds for people of Puerto Rico. Buy tickets or send your money online to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puerto-rico-benefit-concert-tickets-39303486787 All proceeds from this concert will be sent to UMCOR ( United Methodist Committee on Relief).