Metropolitan Ballet Company Announces Auditions for Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program, Led by Alexander Iziliaev, Former Principal Dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet

May 1st, 2013 |

Jenkintown, PA — Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will hold auditions for its Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM, at the studio of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Up to fifteen boys ages 7-11 and 12-18 will be selected to receive a full year of free, weekly dance classes with Alexander Iziliaev, a former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. Over fifty boys participated in the MBC program this year.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program, celebrating its 15th year in 2013, provides tuition-free training in all-male classes to more than 50 boys, ages 7-18, each year. Boys’ unique movement and learning styles are addressed by distinguished male dancers serving as teachers and role models. The Program offers weekly classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced ballet, as well as partnering; and guest instruction in modern, jazz, and character dance. It is designed to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, and strength. Participants in the Program also enjoy many diverse performing opportunities. Classes begin in September 2013 and continue through June 2014. No prior dance experience is required.

The acclaimed Boys’ Scholarship Program was founded by Lisa Collins Vidnovic in 1999 as a way to make ballet accessible to boys in the greater Philadelphia region. Vidnovic, a former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist and Ballet Mistress, founded Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) in 1996 and Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC), a nonprofit, pre-professional performing company, in 2001. Over 200 boys have participated in the Program since its founding, and some have pursued professional careers in dance.

The MBC Boys’ Scholarship Program is proud to be supported by grants from the Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, the Barra Foundation, and by many generous gifts from individuals. Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For more information about auditions for the Boys’ Scholarship Program, MBA classes for boys and girls, tickets to the MBA Showcase on June 1-2, 2013, or tax-deductible contributions to MBC, please contact Lisa Collins Vidnovic at 215-663-1665 or visit