Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre


Due to Michigan’s shelter-in-place order, NMBT has placed all auditions and performances on hold. Tickets sales are the number one way that NMBT financially sustains itself. If you would like to help support us, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in this uncertain time please visit HERE to make a donation. Thank you.


  • Song of Wyoming


About Us

The Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre (NMBT) was founded in September of 1997 by director Thomas Morrell and is housed at the studios of Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. Members are selected by open audition, regardless of studio affiliation, and range in age from 9 to 18. The purpose of the company is to offer education, technical training and performance opportunities to talented young dancers and to introduce the community to original ballet productions, formal and informal concerts and elementary school touring programs. It is also the intent of the director to introduce new, lesser-known fairy tales and folk legends to encourage young people to broaden their reading resources. The company has collaborated with the Encore Society of Music’s holiday concerts presenting The Reluctant Dragon, The Hans Christian Andersen Suite and Peter and the Wolf. They have also appeared with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in their Family Series Concerts and have collaborated with the Traverse City Central Philharmonic in presenting Hansel & Gretel. Their other full-length ballets include A Midsummer Night’s Faerie Tale, Song of Wyoming, The Princess Peony, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Deirdre: A Celtic
Tale, The Legend of Knockgrafton, Whither Thou Goest: The Story of Ruth, and The Nutcracker.
NMBT is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 corporation.


Our Goal

We strive for each of our talented students to feel comfortable and at home with us at all times. We want each student to have the choice to grow in whichever way they choose to, and be proud of their efforts and progress. Along with these goals, we want the students that decide to build a career to have a great foundation behind them, and for us to be a part of that foundation. If what we do as a company, team, and family is an interest to you or a passion of yours, we welcome you to come join us!




Thank you to our NMBT friends, family, and supporters for helping us to have a fantastic holiday season, and for making our 2019 Nutcracker a success!



Our 2018 Downtown Traverse City Light Parade entry!  We had a great time lighting up the town!


In December of 2017 our company dancers took part in the first ever Downtown Traverse City Light Parade.  We had a fabulous time and plan to participate in years to come.


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For more information about the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre please call 231.929.2787

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869 Robinwood Ct.
Traverse City, MI 49686

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