February 12th, 2013 |

Jenkintown, PA Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) and students from Settlement Music School will present their annual collaborative performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Kurtz Center of William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

Metropolitan Ballet Company dancers Kamryn Baldwin, Jonathan Tavares and Sara VanderVoort in Sarah Mettin’ s " Fend" (photo by E.A. Kennedy, III)

Eleven Settlement Music School students will perform with Metropolitan Ballet’s 30-member classical dance company in a 90-minute tour de force, featuring musical ensembles, soloists, original works for dancers and musicians, and three exciting contemporary and classical premieres.

Among the new dance works to be presented will be the company premiere of Aloft, an innovative and joyous contemporary piece by Dayton, Ohio-based choreographer Ashley Sass, featuring costume designs by Martha Chamberlain. Ms. Sass is a graduate of Point Park University and danced professionally with both Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Ballet.  Her choreography has received numerous awards, including the Regional Dance America (RDA) Project Tier award in 2009 and the RDA National Choreographic Award in both 2012 and 2011.  She has recently joined the artistic staff of The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Washington. This is her first work for MBC.

MBC alumna and NYC choreographer Sarah Mettin will present her third original work for MBC following the highly successful Fend from last season.  The collaborative will widen its scope to include a performance by her NYC-based company, Mettin Movement.  Noted as “one to watch” at the 2012 NYC Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, Mettin Movement will make its Philadelphia premiere with In a Roofless Room, set to music by Vivaldi and Loscil.

The dance portion of the program will also feature the premiere of Holberg Suite, a new classical work by MBA faculty member Denise D’Angelo, as well as two original works for both dancers and musicians choreographed by MBC Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic.

The highly accomplished young musicians who study at various branches of Settlement Music School include a cello quartet coached by faculty member Christine Danoff; a piano trio coached by piano faculty member Sandra Carlock; and several solo performers, including Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano.  SMS violin faculty member and accompanist Jean Louise Shook will also perform.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 2, 2013 are $15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online at   For information, please call (215) 663-1665.

Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community. For more than 100 years, Settlement Music School has been a resource for excellence in community arts education, providing music, dance and the related arts for all – regardless of age, skill level, background, or financial means. At its six locations in South and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Wynnefield, Willow Grove and Camden, New Jersey, Settlement Music School offers 10,000 weekly services and awards $2 million in financial aid each year.