About the Company
Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) was founded by Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic in 2001 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing performance training for student dancers, with master classes, performances, scholarship programs, and outreach programs designed to bring ballet to the community.
Recognized today as the region’s preeminent classical dance company, MBC grew from programs initiated at Metropolitan Ballet Academy, founded in 1996 by Vidnovic in Jenkintown, PA. MBC’s renowned Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program, launched in 1999, offers tuition-free dance training for boys ages 7-18 and has received national acclaim.
MBC continues to expand its opportunities for pre-professional students and in 2012 launched the innovative Explorations program, designed to connect its dancers with professional companies across the nation. MBC also enjoys significant media attention and public support for the high quality of its performances and its young dancers.
MBC presents a broad repertory ranging from traditional classical ballets to new contemporary and classical works created or set for the Company by New York-based and other noted choreographers. Since its founding in 2001, MBC has added an astounding 45 works to its repertoire, including the commission of 15 world premiere contemporary works and the commission of three world premiere story ballets for children.
The Company was honored to receive permission from The Balanchine Trust to present its first Balanchine works, Serenade, in 2010 and Valse Fantaisie in 2011. Highlights of recent seasons include Highland Bliss by NYC choreographer Kanji Segawa; Fend by MBC alumna Sarah Mettin; Games by NYC choreographer Carlos dos Santos, Jr.; Rush Hour by Tommie-Waheed Evans, choreographer and dancer with Philadanco; Aloft by choreographer Ashley Sass; Take Me by NYC choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska; and original story ballets for children and families including: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by choreographer Jennifer Sommers; Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly and Tea for Ruby by choreographer Mary LeGere; Peter Pan and Hansel & Gretel, both world premieres created for MBC by Kanji Segawa; and Cinderella, a world premiere by choreographers Denise D’Angelo and Lisa Collins Vidnovic.
MBC is very proud of its growth as a cultural resource for the community, presenting dance to over 10,000 people each year. Enhancing its core programs, MBC also performs for a wide range of audiences, traveling to elementary schools and senior centers and partnering with other cultural institutions to provide unique performing opportunities for its dancers.
Each season since 2001, MBC has presented “Variations/Collaborations”, our concert with Settlement Music School, highlighting the talents of our young dance and musical artists in an innovative fusion of live art forms. MBC dancers have also been seen in the productions of Pennsylvania Ballet, Temple Opera Theater and community events such as the Norristown Arts Hill Festival and Abington Hospital’s annual June Fete. In 2010, MBC was recognized as a Regional Honor Company member of Regional Dance America, a national association of ballet companies, where it was consistently selected to perform for the RDA/Northeast Festival’s prestigious Saturday Gala evenings (2005-2011). In 2013 and again this season, MBC will appear as part of Wilmington Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, presented at the DuPont Theater in Wilmington, DE.
We are thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Public Schools, Educating Communities for Parenting, Prudential Cares/ Philadelphia Reads, Northern Children’s Services, The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center, Norristown Arts Council, Abington Health Foundation Women’s Board, Jenkintown Library, Rydal Park and Sunrise Retirement Community to offer over 3000 children and seniors free access to our performance season, outreach performances at local schools and retirement communities, as well as in-school classes for disadvantaged youth and scholarship programs.
Since 2008 MBC has provided a free Friday matinee for school and community groups as part of its Family Concert Series, so that more children will have access to a high-quality, live cultural performances. In 2013, MBC provided free on-site classes and performance preparation for 415 Philadelphia Public School children grades K-4. Following these classes, the children attended the matinee performance of Tea for Ruby and Graduation Ball. We look forward to continuing our work in our community and Philadelphia this season.
MBC is grateful to its institutional and individual donors, who make our performances, community outreach and training scholarships possible. We welcome your support.
Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community.