Metropolitan Ballet Company Presents Annual Collaborative Concert

February 16th, 2015 |

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2015 Contact: Lisa Collins Vidnovic, Director / 215-663-1665, collinsvidnovic@verizon.net

ATTN: Weekend, Performances, Music, Dance, and Family Activities

METROPOLITAN BALLET COMPANY PRESENTS ANNUAL COLLABORATIVE CONCERT

Cutting-edge choreography and brilliant live music – an exceptional evening of music and dance.

Jenkintown, PA — Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will present Variations/Collaborations, its annual evening of contemporary choreography and live music, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Kurtz Center of William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

The concert will showcase new works by Philadelphia choreographer Tommie‐Waheed Evans of PHILADANCO!,

NYC choreographer/ Sarah Mettin, an MBC Alumna and founder of Mettin Movement, and NYC choreographer

Damani Pompey, as well as works created in collaboration with musical artists from Settlement Music School.

The program will also include a world premiere by pianist and composer, John Silva. Mr. Silva and renowned flutist Margaret Claudin will perform the new work, also with choreography by Ms. Mettin.

With over thirty dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Company has been recognized as “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS/ Arts and Culture, June, 2012). Known for both its classical and contemporary dance performances, MBC has added an astounding 45 works to its repertoire since its founding in 2001. These include the commission of 15 world premiere contemporary works and three world premiere story ballets for children, created for the company by

New York City based and other noted choreographers.

Guest artist John Silva has performed as a soloist internationally and was a finalist in the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music and received the Master of Music degree as a scholarship

student at the Trinity College of Music in London, UK. Flutist Margaret Claudin has made frequent solo and chamber

music appearances throughout the United States and Europe. Her repertoire covers a wide musical spectrum, ranging

from baroque sonatas, to premiering contemporary compositions.

The highly accomplished young musicians study at various branches of Settlement Music School and include piano trio members Vanessa Poe, violin; Jennifer Lee, cello; and Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky, coached by SMS violin faculty member Jean Louise Shook, as well as solo performers, including violinist Sophia Yoo, coached by SMS faculty member Lee Snyder, and Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 7, 2015 are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org

For information, please call (215) 663-1665.

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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.

28 Metropolitan Ballet Academy Dancers to Compete This Weekend at the Philadelphia Regional Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition

January 14th, 2015 |

Best of luck to the 28 Metropolitan Ballet Academy dancers competing this weekend in the regional Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest student ballet competition.

Students who qualify at regional competitions worldwide will go on to the prestigious final YAGP competition in New York City in April, 2015, where they’ll have the opportunity to win scholarships to prominent ballet schools such as American Ballet Theater in New York and Royal Ballet School in London.

At last year’s Regional Semi Finals , the MBA’s Children’s Ensemble won First Place (Philadelphia),   and our Jr. and Sr. soloists won top honors in both Philadelphia and Providence;  MBA faculty member  Sarah Mettin won an award  for Outstanding Choreography in the Philadelphia semi-final and  MBA faculty member Natalya Zeiger was presented with the Outstanding Teacher award at the  Providence semi- final.  18 MBA students went on to perform in New York City 2014 Finals, with the Children’s Ensemble placing in the top 12 ensembles from around the globe.

More than 300 dancers from throughout the Northeast, including 28 from the Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA), will compete in the Philadelphia regional semi-final, which will be held at the Temple University Performing Arts Center through Saturday.

The 28 MBA Dancers competing this weekend include 16 men and 12 ladies:

Cody Bakhshi, Kiersten Borkert, Juan Castellanos,  Aedan Daly, Eoin Daly, Tatiana Di Bucci, Tyler Diggs, Gabrielle Frett, Jacey Gailliard, Marguerite Gelfin, Hannah Henderson, Michael Jastrzebski, Najae Johnson, Sierra Levin, Caleb Mansor, Brian Ouzomgi, Rafaella Rader, Devon Reid, Kyle Schoener , Micah Sell, Xavier Synnestvedt, Natalie Valko,  Kieran Versaw-Barnes, Charles-Henry Wache, Nancy Wenger, Mercedes Wentworth-Nice, James Wray, and Brianna Yarnoff.

Two MBA dancers will also be competing in YAGP regionals in other cities:
Tyler Diggs & Sierra Levin.

METROPOLITAN BALLET COMPANY TO OPEN 2014-2015 SEASON WITH CHILDREN’S STORYBOOK CLASSIC, “HANSEL AND GRETEL”

September 23rd, 2014 |

Jenkintown, PA – Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season on Saturday, November 22nd & Sunday, November 23rd with a family-oriented program featuring one of the most enduring fairy tales of all time, Hansel & Gretel. Created for Metropolitan in 2009 by highly acclaimed New York City choreographer Kanji Segawa, with stage designs by NYC set designer Adam Riggar and costumes by Elena Comendador, this vivid and memorable story ballet follows the adventures of the clever Hansel and his brave sister Gretel, as they foil the witch’s evil plans, and in the best fairy tale tradition, live happily ever after.
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Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers to Perform in “The Second Annual International Peace Day Concert” Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

September 2nd, 2014 |

Students Dance for Peace, Harmony, and Diversity; A World of Talent, United for Peace

Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) student dancers will perform in the Second Annual International Peace Day Concert on Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Young dancers from the Jenkintown-based pre-professional ballet studio will join world class musicians from around the globe, Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, Philadelphia Girls Choir, Chester County Youth Choir and Chorale, and ChildrenSong of New Jersey for a night of music and dance that celebrates peace and diversity.
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Metropolitan Ballet Academy Alumnus Peter Weil Joins the Next Generation Ballet as New Artist;
Will Appear in the XIX Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami 2014

September 2nd, 2014 |

Peter Weil, age 18, alumnus of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, to perform in the International Young Medalists Performance

Jenkintown, PA –Metropolitan Ballet Academy alumnus, Peter Weil, age 18, will join the Next Generation Ballet as a New Artist for the 2014 -2015 season, and as a former YAGP Medal winner, has been invited by Youth America Grand Prix to appear in the International Young Medal Winners Ballet Performances at the XIX Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami, on September 6th, 2014.
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