Metropolitan Ballet Company, Settlement Music School and Pennsylvania Ballet II perform in Variations/Collaborations,
Saturday, April 1 at 7 pm at Kurtz Center of the Wm. Penn Charter School

March 27th, 2017 |

Cutting-edge choreography and brilliant live music – an exceptional evening of music and dance.
Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will host Settlement Music School and Pennsylvania Ballet 2 in MBC’s annual, Variations/Collaborations: An Evening of Music and Dance, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kurtz Center of the William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia. Tickets are now on sale for $15 in advance or $20 at the door; learn more and purchase tickets at

MBC founder and Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic says, “Our highly trained pre-professional dancers are excited to perform three world premieres by cutting-edge, contemporary choreographers, as well as works accompanied by the brilliant live music of Settlement Music School’s talented students. We are also delighted to host Pennsylvania Ballet II for their first appearance in Variations/Collaborations, and to again welcome Settlement’s talented musicians to our studio and stage. MBC has annually hosted Settlement in this evening of music and dance since 2001. We welcome both Lydia Veilleux, the new Director of Settlement’s Willow Grove Branch, and Eddy Tovar, the new Director of Pennsylvania Ballet 2. Our annual Variations/Collaborations performance unites student dancers, professional dancers, and musicians from three Philadelphia-area cultural resources, giving each group the opportunity to hone their performance skills in a beautiful, high quality collaborative evening for our community. 

Metropolitan Ballet dancers will perform three world premieres by innovative choreographers Tommie-Waheed Evans, Sarah Mettin, and Ashley Walton. Tommie-Waheed Evans is the Founder/Artistic Director of Waheed-Works and an Artist-in- Residence at Philadanco. Evans received a fellowship to study at The Ailey School and has worked and performed for Matthew Rushing, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Karol Armitage, and Debbie Allen. He is currently on faculty at the University of the Arts and recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Mr. Evans’ original works for MBC include the highly dynamic Rush Hour (2014) and Night Run (2015). This is his third original work for Metropolitan Ballet Company. Sarah Mettin, an alumna of Metropolitan Ballet, has danced nationally and abroad and received significant acclaim for her choreography. Ms. Mettin and her dance company, Mettin Movement, were well-received at Jacob’s Pillow in summer 2015. Ohio-based Ashley Walton is a graduate of Point Park University and has 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 2011 and 2012. Walton has been granted five additional National Choreographic Awards for her work throughout the Northeast and Pacific regions. Ms. Walton staged her joyful contemporary ballet, Aloft, for MBC in 2013.

Pennsylvania Ballet II, Pennsylvania Ballet’s second company, will perform a classical pas de deux, as well as Aloha, a contemporary ensemble work recently created by Pennsylvania Ballet company member, Alexandra Hughes.
The highly accomplished young musicians who will perform in Variations/Collaborations study at various branches of Settlement Music School (SMS) and will include The Myer Schwartz Advanced Study Piano Trio coached by SMS faculty member Sandra Carlock, and The William A. Loeb Chamber Ensemble coached by SMS violin faculty member Jean Louise Shook.

Tickets for Variations/Collaborations on April1, 2017, may be purchased online at For additional information or assistance, contact the MBA studio office at 215-663-1665 or

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Metropolitan Ballet Company presents its annual Family Concert Series PLUS “Tea under the Sea” – a fun tea party event on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 pm featuring The Rainbow Fish and Sleeping Beauty, Act III on November 19 and 20

November 14th, 2016 |

Tickets now on sale for family-friendly performances Nov. 19 and 20 at 1 pm & 4 pm, at The Josephine Muller Auditorium, Abington Friends School, Jenkintown, PA

Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Company launches its 2016-17 season with its annual Family Concert Series, featuring four performances of The Rainbow Fish and Sleeping Beauty, Act III, on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016. Performances at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday will be held at The Josephine Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Running time for each show is approximately 90 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and may be purchased online at or by calling 215-663-1665. Schools and groups are welcome.

Metropolitan Ballet is a nonprofit regional dance company that has earned wide acclaim for its high quality performances. The Company first presented The Rainbow Fish, based on the beloved children’s tale by Marcus Pfister (©1992 North South Books, Inc.) and choreographed by Jennifer Sommers, in 2006. Sleeping Beauty, Act III, featuring a storybook kingdom with choreography after Petipa, had its Company premiere in 2004. Together in one family-friendly program, these two dances will delight all ages. “The Family Concert Series is designed to be a dance performance for all generations—a community cultural event that children, parents and even grandparents call all enjoy together. Our dancers are excited to perform these children’s classics,” says the Company’s Founder and Artistic Director, Lisa Collins Vidnovic.

Adding to the family fun is the annual Family Concert Series Tea Party event held between the 1 pm and 4 pm shows on Sunday, November 20 in the Abington Friends School Library. In keeping with the theme of The Rainbow Fish, families are invited to enjoy “Tea under the Sea” from 2:30 to 3:45 pm, featuring a reading of the book plus games and refreshments. Children are welcome to come in sea-themed costumes. A $35 ticket includes Tea Party admission to the Tea Party plus one seat for any Family Concert Series performance.

“While giving our dancers valuable performance experience, Metropolitan’s Family Concert Series is a wonderful way for families and schools to introduce children to dance, with fully-produced story ballets that delight and inspire, performed by highly talented student dancers including boys from our renowned Boys’ Scholarship Program,” says Vidnovic. “The Series is part of our mission to bring high quality dance to our community, to help people of all ages develop a love and appreciation for dance and the arts. We are grateful to the Matthews Children’s Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and our many donors who make these productions possible, and we welcome all to enjoy them.”

About Metropolitan Ballet Company

Metropolitan Ballet Company is a pre-professional dance company affiliated with Metropolitan Ballet Academy, a classical dance studio founded by Lisa Collins Vidnovic that in two decades has earned recognition from Pointe magazine as one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent” (November 2011) and has trained dance artists who now perform with professional companies across America. More than 100 Metropolitan students have earned highest honors at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and/or scholarships for intensive study with many prestigious ballet companies nationwide. Learn more at

5-sleeping-beauty-act-3-ea-kennedyMetropolitan Ballet Company dancers Brianna Leporace and Jonathan Tavares perform Sleeping Beauty, Act III (2008), choreography after Petipa, photo credit EA Kennedy III.


metropolitan-ballet-company-dancers-brianna-leporace-and-jonathan-tavares-perform-sleeping-beauty-act-iii-2008-photo-ea-kennedy-iiiMetropolitan Ballet Company performs Sleeping Beauty, Act III, choreography after Petipa, photo credit EA Kennedy III.


rainbow-fish-ensemble_courtesy-raleigh-dance-theatreThe Rainbow Fish, choreography by Jennifer Sommers, photo courtesy Raleigh Dance Theatre


June 2016 Newsletter – Metropolitan Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration!  

June 29th, 2016 |



MBA Alumna Kamryn Baldwin (San Francisco Ballet) with MBA Alumni/MBC Dancers; read full caption below!

  June 2016 Newsletter

Dear Metropolitan Ballet Parents, Students, Alumni and Friends:

I can’t believe we are already well into the month of June! The faculty and I again wish to thank you for a superb weekend of Showcase performances, including our 20th Anniversary Gala Performance and Reception, as well as our end of year outreach events and Bridge Master Classes. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and amazing support all year long. 2015- 2016 was an incredibly wonderful, memorable and productive school year.    

Metropolitan Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration!  

Many thanks to our Metropolitan Ballet Company Board of Directors, faculty, alumni, dancers, parents, students and community for their joyous participation on June 4th!  It was an amazing evening of dance, celebration and reunion.  Here are just a few of the many great photos from the evening, with more to follow on our website. Visit our Gala Photo Gallery online soon at!



MBA Alumni Leah McCormick (Nashville Ballet 2) and Ariel Breitman (Colorado Ballet); Photo by ccwolfe


MBA Alumni Melissa Gelfin (Cincinnati Ballet)and Peter Weil (Pennsylvania Ballet); Photo by EA Kennedy III


MBA Alumni Sierra Levin (Carolina Ballet Trainee) and Jonathan Tavares; Photo by ccwolfe


MBA Alumna/Choreographer Sarah Mettin; Photo by ccwolfe


MBA Alumni Cameron Auble-Branigan (American Repertory Ballet);  Photo by EA Kennedy III 


MBA Alumna Torrey McAnena (H.T. Chen & Dancers; Amanda Selwyn Dance Company, Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, NYC); Photo by EA Kennedy III



Twenty MBA alumni returned home to share the stage, many collaborating in a new work created for the Gala occasion by alumna/choreographer Sarah Mettin.  Our incredible MBA Faculty were honored at the event, as well as MBC patron Mr. William A. “Wally” Loeb, for his generous and founding support of our Boys’ Scholarship Program. 


Gala co-chairs Arleen Armstrong and Betsy McKinstry  worked with the Board and Zac Hulayev of Jenkintown’s Drake Tavern to create a sumptuous dinner at the beautiful Curtis Hall at Curtis Arboretum.  MBA guest artist Karen Cleighton provided music for yet more dancing!  


Celebrating 20 years with MBA students and alumni at the Gala!


We are especially grateful to our Metropolitan Ballet Company Board of Directors,

who so creatively, generously and joyously provide MBC with the financial support, wisdom and manpower required to keep us growing. Their energy and enthusiasm inspires us every day! 


Metropolitan Ballet Company Board of Directors 2015-2016  (l-r): Bernard S. Panzak Jr., Nina Edelman, Arleen Armstrong, Kora Vidnovic,  Kimberly Mehler, Janet Blenheim, David Ballard, Judith Bishop, Julie Price, Lisa Collins Vidnovic, June Hines, Barbara Mattleman, Betsy McKinstry and Amber Permsap.  Not pictured are Marcia  Steinberg and Mareen Leporace.  Photo by ccwolfe 

Photo at top of newsletter:  Metropolitan Ballet Academy alumna Kamryn Baldwin  (San Francisco Ballet) with alumni Cameron Auble-Branigan, Ariel Breitman, Wyatt Peterson, Jonathan Tavares and MBC company members in The Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty, Act 1, as staged for the Gala Performance by MBA faculty member Natalya Zeiger.  Photo by ccwolfe.


CBS3 Philly, June 10, 2016: “It’s All About the Boys at Metropolitan Ballet Academy”

CBS3 Philly Visits Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company to Announce Boys’ Audition

A BIG thank you to Ukee Washington, Vittoria Woodill and the entire CBS Philly news team for their feature story in advance of our Boys’ Audition. Students in Angel Corella’s master class on June 10 were delighted to participate in the taping for the story, which aired on CBS3 news later that evening to promote the MBC Boys’ Scholarship Audition on the morning of June 11th. With the support of CBS Philly helping us spread the word about the Audition, MBC offered more than 15 scholarships to a new Level 1 class of boys. We look forward to welcoming our new students in September! 

Congratulations to our Graduates!

One of the most rewarding aspects of directing Metropolitan Ballet is the unique opportunity to work with a student throughout their childhood years — and each spring brings a graduation or two! I would like to recognize our graduating senior dancers Sophie Lane, Claudia Steel and Brianna Yarnoff.  Sophie studied at MBA for the past 13 years, since age 5; while Claudia and Brianna have each been with us for the past 15 years, since age 3.

These lovely young women have been role models not only on the stage, but also in their generosity to the younger students, their camaraderie in the classroom, and their ability to juggle demanding school responsibilities with the rigors of classical training and commitment to the performing company. It has been a joy to participate in their artistic growth and to share so many studio hours with such special and creative young women.  

Ladies: we will miss you, and wish each of you every well-deserved success. Stay in touch, and visit often!


Sophie Lane in Le Jardin Anime from Le Corsaire; Photo by EA Kennedy III

Sophie Lane has been accepted to The University of the Arts on a Promising Artist Award and University Grant Scholarship. She will be majoring in the visual arts and dancing. Sophie is working at the Cheltenham Center of the Arts this summer. 

Claudia Steel will be attending Hofstra University this coming fall as a recipient of a significant four year Merit Scholarship Award. She will study speech and language therapy and plans to also participate in Hofstra’s dance program. 


Claudia Steel in MBA’s 2016 showcase, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Photo by EA Kennedy III


Brianna Yarnoff in Le Jardin Anime from Le Corsaire; Photo by EA Kennedy III

Brianna Yarnoff has been accepted to Princeton University. Entering this fall, she will pursue a degree in Neuroscience. and has been invited to participate in Princeton’s dance program. 

 Summer Study – Don’t miss it!

The summer kicked off with a spectacular Bridge program. Many thanks to our guest master teachers John Selya, Angel Corella and  Nurlan Abougaliev, and guest pianist Valentina Slutsky! Next up is our summer intensive!  

Our rigorous summer intensive program offers the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned teachers and dancers in the area and beyond. Classes are offered in ballet technique, men’s ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, modern, jazz and character.

Metropolitan’s Summer Intensive guest faculty will include:

  • Laura Alonso (Ballet Nacional de Cuba)
  • Samantha Dunster (Assistant Director, Pennsylvania Ballet)
  • Etienne Diaz (Pennsylvania Ballet)
  • Fiona Fuerstner (Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet)
  • Eddy Tovar (Orlando Ballet)

Summer Intensive also offers academic enrichment for boys and girls ages 7-10

M3= Math x Music x Movement©

An academically integrated enrichment program

for children ages 7-10, highlighted in Dance Teacher magazine!

Read Julie Diana’s story in the May 2015 issue of Dance Teacher here.

July 11-15 

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

For children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grades in September

 Add M3 to your dance study (week 1) to create a full-day summer program.



Weekly classes run July 11 through August 14. Half and full-day classes available with acclaimed MBA faculty and guest artists. For information and registration, please call 215-663-1665 or email

We appreciate our students, faculty, families and donors. Thank you for being a part of the Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company community!


Lisa Collins Vidnovic

Founder & Artistic Director

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Metropolitan Ballet Company Announces Audition for Free Boys’ Scholarship Program dance classes, June 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

June 1st, 2016 |

Boys ages 7-18 are eligible for weekly classes with Metropolitan Ballet faculty, acclaimed Bolshoi-trained artists Denis Gronostayskiy and Sergey Pupyrev

Jenkintown, PA— Metropolitan Ballet Company will hold auditions for its renowned Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM, at the studio of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Boys ages 7-11 and 12-18 are eligible to receive free, weekly dance classes plus performance opportunities from September 2016 through June 2017. Boys’ Scholarship classes are taught by artists Denis Gronostayskiy and Sergey Pupyrev, who trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and performed professionally worldwide, and presently serve on the Metropolitan Ballet faculty. No prior dance experience or pre-registration is required for the audition; boys should arrive ready to dance at 9:00 am in gym clothes or dance attire.

Boys Audition Class - Sergey

The Boys’ Scholarship Program provides tuition-free training in all-male classes designed to enhance athletic skills, motor intelligence, balance, flexibility and strength. Approximately 50 boys enroll each year to study beginning, intermediate and advanced ballet and partnering with distinguished male dancers who serve as teachers and role models, while addressing boys’ unique movement and learning styles. Boys in the Scholarship Program also enjoy classes taught by guest artists in modern, jazz and character dance, and diverse performance opportunities with Metropolitan Ballet Company. The Company is affiliated with Metropolitan Ballet Academy, which POINTE magazine named as one of America’s top seven ballet studios “cultivating top talent” (Oct/Nov 2011).

MBC boys in Peter Pan

Metropolitan Ballet’s Boys’ Scholarship Program was created 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 in 1996 and Metropolitan Ballet Company, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, pre-professional performing company, in 2001. More than 250 boys have participated in the Program to date, and several Program alumni have pursued professional careers in dance, earning summer scholarships to regional intensive ballet programs, and performing with companies nationwide. Alumni dance artists including Ariel Breitman (Colorado Ballet) and Peter Weil (Pennsylvania Ballet) will return to Jenkintown, PA, to perform in Metropolitan’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4 pm, at the Josephine Muller Auditorium of Abington Friends School. Tickets for this performance are still available at $50/each.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program is a community outreach program of Metropolitan Ballet Company, and proudly supported by grants from the Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and by many generous gifts from individuals. For more information and tickets, call 215-663-1665, email or visit


Metropolitan Ballet Company Boys’ Scholarship Audition Class with MBC faculty member, Sergey Pupyrev, photo by Miki Wray

Metropolitan Ballet boys perform Peter Pan, choreography by Kanji Segawa, photo by E.A. Kennedy, III

Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company Celebrates 20th Anniversary Year with Gala Performance on June 4, 2016

June 1st, 2016 |

Tickets still available for Gala Performance featuring Metropolitan alumni now dancing professionally from coast to coast.

Metropolitan Ballet Company_photo E.A. Kennedy III

Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Academy & Company (MBA/MBC), recognized by Pointe magazine as one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent” (Oct/Nov 2011), will celebrate its 20th Anniversary year with a Gala Performance on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Alumni from Metropolitan’s two decades of training will return from their professional engagements with dance companies across America to perform in the Gala, which also features pre-professional Metropolitan Ballet Company dancers in classical and contemporary works. The Gala Performance will be held at the Josephine Muller Auditorium of Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Tickets are $50 each and available at 215-663-1665 or online at

June 4 Gala Performance Program Highlights and Guest Artists

Metropolitan Ballet founder and artistic director Lisa Collins Vidnovic has created a Gala Performance Program which showcases the Academy’s highly acclaimed classical dance training for boys and girls, as well as the nonprofit Company’s repertoire and professional alumni. Highlights of the Program include:

    • Sleeping Beauty, Garland Waltz and Rose Adagio; choreography by Marius Petipa as staged by Natalya Zeiger, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; featuring alumna Kamryn Baldwin and members of Metropolitan Ballet Company: Ms. Baldwin, from Honolulu, Hawaii and Blue Bell, PA, joined San Francisco Ballet in 2015 after receiving a full merit scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School—she is one of the youngest dancers to ever receive a full contract with San Francisco Ballet;
    • Flames of Paris Pas de Deux; choreography by Vasily Vainonen; music by Boris Asafiev; featuring alumni Leah McCormick and Ariel Breitman: Ms. McCormick, from Jenkintown, PA, completed Richmond Ballet’s two year trainee program and now dances with NB2, Nashville Ballet’s second company; Mr. Breitman from Huntingdon Valley, PA, is a member of Colorado Ballet. In 2012-13 he won three Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) gold medals and one silver medal at the Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition, held in Berlin, Germany.
    • Folk Tales; choreography by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, music by Warsaw Village Band, costume design and creation by Mia McSwain, lighting design by John Hoey (photo attached*). Katarzyna “Kate” Skarpetowska was named one of DANCE Magazine’s 2016 “25 to Watch”—MBC Company Premiere 2006.

MBC_Folk Tales_photo E.A.Kennedy III

  • A Winged Victory; choreography by MBA alumna Sarah Mettin, music by The Haxan Cloak, Olaf Bender, Ben Frost, costume design and creation by Jan Schleiger, lighting design by John Hoey; featuring Metropolitan Ballet Company boys; World Premiere by MBC March 12, 2016.
  • Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire; choreography by Marius Petipa as staged by Natalya Zeiger, music by Alolphe Adam as arranged by Riccardo Drigo; featuring alumni Sierra Levin and Jonathan Tavares: Ms. Levin, of Doylestown, PA, was invited to join Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, NC as a Trainee for the 2015-16 season, after studying in the Company’s summer program. In 2015 Sierra earned 2nd Place in the YAGP Senior Classical Division semi-finals, in Boston, MA.
  • Spring Waters Pas de Deux; choreography by Asaf Messerer, music by Sergei Rachmaninov (photo attached*); featuring alumni Kamryn Baldwin and MBA Alumnus Jonathan Tavares. Mr. Tavares was a member of both First State Ballet Delaware and American Repertory Ballet and continues to dance professionally as a freelance artist.

YAGP 2013 Hartford, CT semi-finals

    • Untitled; choreography by alumni Justin Geiss, music by Horsefeathers; featuring alumna Sophie Lane: Mr. Geiss, from Furlong, PA, just completed his third year as a full merit scholarship student at the Houston Ballet School, TX, where he recently received the prestigious Ben Stevenson Award. He will join Milwaukee Ballet in the fall.
    • Don Quixote Pas de Deux; choreography by Marius Petipa, music by Leon Minkus; featuring alumni Melissa Gelfin (photo attached*) and Peter Weil (photo attached*): Ms. Gelfin is a member of Cincinnati Ballet and has also performed in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Turandot; in 2009 she was awarded a National Training Scholarship with American Ballet Theatre and later danced with Orlando Ballet from 2010-2014; in 2014 she was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition. Mr. Weil, of Jenkintown, PA, was a YAGP medalist and New York semifinalist from 2009 – 2015. After completing a Traineeship at Boston Ballet in 2013, Mr. Weil was member of Next Generation Ballet.  In 2015, Mr. Weil was a participant in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne.  He was invited by Mr. Corella to join Pennsylvania Ballet 2 in September 2015. He was recently promoted to a member of Pennsylvania Ballet after his success dancing the lead role of “Basilio” in Don Quixote as an Apprentice with the Company.

Peter Weil in Don Quixote, courtesy of PA Ballet_photo Alexander Iziliaev

    • Viva; choreography by Kanji Segawa, staged by Patrick Coker, music by Antonio Vivaldi, costumes by Elena Comendador, lighting by John Hoey; featuring alumni and members of Metropolitan Ballet Company (photo attached*); created by New York choreographer Kanji Segawa for MBC, World Premiere March 5, 2011.

Viva by Kanji Segawa, photo by E.A.Kennedy, III

Lisa Collins Vidnovic launched Metropolitan Ballet Academy in 1996, after performing for a decade with Pennsylvania Ballet, where she was also a Ballet Mistress. At age 14, Ms. Vidnovic received a full scholarship to American Ballet Theater in New York City; at age 16 she began dancing professionally with Chicago’s Lyric Opera Ballet, directed by the renowned Maria Tallchief. Over four decades, Ms. Vidnovic’s dance career included feature roles in many ballets by George Balanchine, as well as choreographers Jacques d’Amboise, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Peter Martins, Richard Tanner and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. She was a member of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet faculty from 1983-1996 and the Bryn Mawr College faculty from 1990-2000. Ms. Vidnovic also performed for seven years with the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

MBC_Melissa Gelfin in Don Quixote_photo Visual Arts Masters

Ms. Vidnovic founded Metropolitan Ballet with a vision to create a pre-professional ballet school and performing company that provides the highest quality classical dance training, scholarships, performance opportunities and outreach programs designed to promote an appreciation of dance in our community.

Metropolitan Ballet is distinguished by its nationally acclaimed Boys’ Scholarship Program, founded in 1999, which annually provides tuition-free dance training for nearly 60 boys ages 7 to 18. Families enjoy its community and Showcase performances of classical and contemporary repertory, including George Balanchine’s Serenade and Valse Fantaisie, both performed with permission from the Balanchine Trust. More than 25 Metropolitan alumni dance professionally with regional companies across America, on Broadway and in Cirque du Soleil.

Over 50 Metropolitan students have earned highest honors at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and/or scholarships for intensive study with prestigious ballet companies from coast to coast. Ms. Vidnovic is a three-time winner of YAGP Philadelphia’s Outstanding Teacher award, and Metropolitan Ballet Academy has twice won Outstanding School. In 2015 the Eastern Montgomery Chamber of Commerce named Metropolitan Ballet Company Nonprofit of the Year.

Metropolitan is now accepting registration for The Bridge Master Class Series for Intermediate and Advanced Students from June 8-15 and its renowned Summer Intensive from July 11-August 12. Boys ages 11-18 are invited to audition for a full academic year of tuition-free training on June 11 at 9:00 am at Metropolitan Ballet Academy, 700 Cedar Rd., Jenkintown, PA. Learn more at


  1. Metropolitan Ballet Company dancers, photo by E.A. Kennedy III.
  2. Folk Tales, photo by E.A. Kennedy III.
  3. Spring Waters, photo by Visual Arts Masters.
  4. Melissa Gelfin in Don Quixote, photo by Visual Arts Masters.
  5. Peter Weil in Don Quixote, courtesy of Pennsylvania Ballet, photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
  6. Viva, photo by E.A. Kennedy III.

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