Metropolitan Ballet Company announces auditions for boys’ scholarship dance program, led by William DeGregory, artistic director of PA Ballet II

March 26th, 2009 |

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will hold auditions for its Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM, at the studio of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Lisa Collins Vidnovic, founder and Artistic Director of MBC, said that up to 15 boys ages 7-11 and 12-18 will be selected to receive a full year of weekly dance classes with William DeGregory, a former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. DeGregory is currently Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet II, the training company for Pennsylvania Ballet. 57 boys participated in the MBC program this year.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program, a nonprofit outreach program of Metropolitan Ballet Company, provides tuition-free, boys-only classes for students ages 7-18. The Program provides weekly classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced ballet; partnering; and guest instruction in modern, jazz, and character dance; and is designed to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, and strength. Participants in the program also enjoy performance opportunities, including, for eligible students, an invitation to audition for Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Classes begin in September 2009 and continue through June 2010. No prior dance experience is required.

The acclaimed MBC Boys’ Scholarship Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The Program was founded by 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 MBC, a nonprofit, pre-professional performing company, in 2001. Nearly 150 boys ages 7-18 have participated in the Program in the decade since its founding.

The MBC Boys’ Scholarship Program is proud to be supported by generous grants from The Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, the Douty Foundation, Sam’s Club Foundation, Kohl’s Cares for Kids, 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 13-14, 2009, or contributions to MBC, call Lisa Collins Vidnovic at 215-663-1665 or visit www.metropolitanballetacademy.com.