Mission and History


Maine State Ballet is a school and a ballet company whose mission is to uplift the Maine community through dance.  The school was established ca. 1920, formally the Dorothy Mason School of Dance, and offers year round instruction in classical ballet, jazz, tap and musical theater to students from age 3 through advanced adult.  Advanced ballet students have the unique opportunity to be trained in the Balanchine Technique® and Balanchine Style®.  Since 1974, the school has been under the direction of Jonathan Miele, Broadway veteran, and Linda MacArthur Miele, former dancer with the New York City Ballet.


The Maine State Ballet Company, established in 1986, has fast become the leading professional dance company in the State of Maine. With a growing repertoire of ballets, the Company offers  an annual season with over 40 performances, most of which utilize our in-house, 175 seat Lopez Theater. 


Beginning in 2004, both organizations merged to operate as one 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the name Maine State Ballet.