Tickets Now on Sale for Metropolitan Ballet Company’s annual Variations/Collaborations performance with Settlement Music School; Saturday, March 12 at 7 pm at Kurtz Center of the Wm. Penn Charter School

February 9th, 2016 |

Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) announces that tickets are now on sale for its annual performance, Variations/Collaborations: An Evening of Music and Dance, presented with Settlement Music School at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Kurtz Center of the William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia. Tickets are $15 in advance at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org or $20 at the door.

MBC founder and Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic says, “Our highly trained pre-professional dancers are excited to perform works by three cutting-edge, contemporary choreographers based in New York City, as well as works accompanied by the brilliant live music of very talented Settlement Music School students. Our annual Variations/Collaborations performance unites student dancers and musicians from two Philadelphia-area cultural resources, giving each group not only the opportunity to hone their performance skills in the collaboration, but also the opportunity to share a beautiful, high quality evening of music and dance with our community in the spectacular Kurtz Center, at the very affordable rate of $15 in advance or $20 at the door.”

Viva by Kanji Segawa

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

Presently celebrating its 20th anniversary year, Metropolitan Ballet will revive two favorite contemporary dance works from its repertoire: Viva, created for MBC by Kanji Segawa in 2011 to music by Antonio Vivaldi, with costumes by Elena Comendador; and Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Folk Tales, first performed by MBC in 2006, with costumes by Mia McSwain, courtesy of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. Reviewing Folk Tales on November 10, 2008 for the Chicago Tribune, Sid Smith wrote, “Skarpetowska’s compelling, incandescent Folk Tales is an ingenious postmodern mix of contemporary dance and ethnic accents, brightened by stretches of step dancing and fueled by an intelligent, anxiety-tinged seriousness…” POINTE magazine recently named the Julliard-trained Ms. Skarpetowska to its 2016 “25 to Watch” list. Mr. Segawa, currently a member of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, worked extensively with noted choreographer Mark Morris from 2008-2011.

Folk Tales by Katarzyna Skarpetowska

Folk Tales by Katarzyna Skarpetowska, photo by E.A.Kennedy, III

The Company will also perform a World Premiere by Sarah Mettin, an alumna of Metropolitan Ballet who 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.

The highly accomplished young musicians who will perform in Variations/Collaborations study at various branches of Settlement Music School and will include The Myer Schwartz Advanced Studio 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, as well as solo performers on violin, piano and cello. Mezzo-soprano and MBC alumna Claire Galloway Weber, who recently received a Masters of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Steven Rainbolt, will also perform.

Tickets for Variations/Collaborations on March 12th may be purchased online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org. For additional information or assistance, contact the MBA studio office at 215-663-1665 or Metbaseman@gmail.com.

Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers Take Top Honors at 2016 YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Final Competition; Founder & Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic Awarded “Outstanding Teacher”

February 9th, 2016 |

Metropolitan Ballet Alumni performing professionally across America; many will return to dance in Metropolitan’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance on June 4, 2016

Jenkintown, PA—27 student dancers of Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) in Jenkintown, PA, achieved great success in the 2016 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Philadelphia Semi-Final, held January 14-16, 2016 on the Swarthmore College campus. Complementing the students’ honors, Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic, who founded Metropolitan Ballet Academy 20 years ago, received her third YAGP Outstanding Teacher award.

MBA dancers have been among the top-honored dancers at YAGP Philadelphia for many years. In 2016, awards for MBA students were as follows:

  • · Philadelphia resident and MBA student dancer Jacey Gailliard (age 11) won First Place in the Pre-Competitive Contemporary Division and Second Place in the Pre-Competitive Classical Division. As one of the Top 12 men and women in each category, Miss Gailliard will advance to the YAGP Finals, which will be held April 22-29 in New York City.
    Jacey Gailliard

    Jacey Gailliard

  • · Tyler Diggs (age 14), a resident of Holland, PA and a student in MBA’s Boys’ Scholarship Program, won Second Place in the Junior Men’s Classical Competition. Mr. Diggs will also advance to the YAGP Finals in New York City.
    Tyler Diggs

    Tyler Diggs, photo credit CC Wolfe, Nov 2015

  • · In the YAGP Ensemble Division, 24 MBA dancers from Pennsylvania, performing “Seguidilla” from the classical ballet Don Quixote, earned Second Place (tie) and have been invited to advance to the Finals in New York City. Ensemble dancers included: Grace Aheimer (12, Doylestown), Cody Bakhshi (16, Abington), Kiersten Borkert (16, Pipersville), Juan Castellanos (15, Philadelphia), Eoin Daly (15, Philadelphia), Tyler Diggs (14, Holland), Carley Felzer (17, Philadelphia), Jacey Gailliard (11, Philadelphia ), Hannah Henderson (15, Huntingdon Valley), Michael  Jastrzebski (15, Philadelphia), Caleb Mansor (15, Hatboro), Emma  Morrison (13, Doylestown), Brian Ouzomgi (16, Meadowbrook), Giulia Pascucci (13, Doylestown), Devon Reid (15, Perkasie), Kyle Schoener (16 Chalfont), Micah  Sell (13, Philadelphia), Maria  Sperger  (16, Jenkintown ), Claudia Steel  (17, Elkins park), Natalie Valko (16, Chalfont), Henri Wache (13, Maple Glen), Emily Warden (14, Wyncote), Mercedes  Wentworth-Nice (16 Doylestown), and James Wray (11, Hatboro).

Ms. Vidnovic, who danced professionally as Lisa Collins with Pennsylvania Ballet for a decade, said, “These honors are a testament to our outstanding faculty at Metropolitan Ballet Academy, and the hard work of our student dancers, who devote countless hours to improving their technical skill and artistry. We are very proud of all of our dancers, whose performances also included that of Hannah Henderson (15, Huntingdon Valley), who danced beautifully in the Senior Division Classical and Contemporary Competitions.”

Metropolitan Ballet Academy Alumni Perform Professionally Across America

Many of Metropolitan Ballet Academy’s alumni are former YAGP winners who now dance professionally with classical and contemporary dance companies from coast to coast. In honor of Metropolitan’s 20th anniversary this year, Philadelphia area residents will have the opportunity to see these accomplished dance artists perform when they return to the stage at Abington Friends School’s Josephine Muller Auditorium for Metropolitan’s Gala Performance, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

Some of the many professional and student dancers who will perform in the MBA Gala include:

  • · Kamryn Baldwin, age 17, from Honolulu, Hawaii and Blue Bell, PA, joined San Francisco Ballet in 2015, after receiving a full merit scholarship in 2013 and 2014 to the San Francisco Ballet School, where she was awarded the 2014 Keith White Scholarship. When she received a full contract at age 16, she was one of the youngest dancers to advance directly from Level 8 to the corps de ballet of the San Francisco Ballet company. Miss Baldwin has earned numerous YAGP awards and competed in the 2013 New York City Finals. In 2012 she was invited to perform at the International Young Medal Winners Performance during the XVII Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami. She previously earned earned full merit scholarships to study at the School of American Ballet (2011) and Bolshoi Ballet Academy NYC (2012).
  • · Darius Black, age 17, from Voorhees, NJ, is in his third year on full merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet, NY. At SAB’s Workshop Performances on May 30, 2015, he performed in the Third Regiment, Thunder and Gladiator of George Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” staged by Jock Soto.
  • · Ariel Breitman, age 22, from Huntingdon Valley, PA, is performing in his second season as a member of Colorado Ballet, where he is dancing in principal roles. He previously danced with the Washington Ballet Studio Company. In 2012-13 Ariel won three YAGP gold medals and one silver medal at the Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition, held in Berlin, Germany.
  • · Justin Geiss, age 16, of Furlong, PA, is in his third year as a full merit scholarship student at the Houston Ballet School, TX, where he recently received the prestigious Ben Stevenson Award.
  • · Melissa Gelfin, age 23, joined Cincinnati Ballet as a New Dancer in the 2014-15 season. In February 2015 she was promoted to the corps de ballet, and last year also performed in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Turandot. In the 2015-16 season she regularly performs principal roles. In 2009 Melissa was awarded a National Training Scholarship with American Ballet Theatre. She danced with Orlando Ballet from 2010-2014, and in 2014 was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition.
  • · Sierra Levin, age 19, 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 Second Place in the YAGP Senior Classical Division semi-finals, in Boston, MA. In 2014 she performed with Take It Away Productions as the principal female in Meet Us at the Corner, choreographed by Elizabeth Hoowchuk and Dorothy Wasserman.
  • · Leah McCormick, age 22, from Jenkintown, PA, completed Richmond Ballet’s two year trainee program, and is now in her second year dancing with NB2, Nashville Ballet’s second company. Leah was a Top 12 finalist in the YAGP Semi-Finals in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
  • · Scott Stampone, age 24, from Huntingdon Valley, PA, relocated in 2015 to Portland, OR, to join BodyVox, a contemporary dance company, after graduating from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and working professionally as an independent dance artist.  Scott now performs with BodyVox and teaches at The BodyVox Dance Center.
  • · Sara VanderVoort, age 21, from Feasterville, PA, performs with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company, the training company of Colorado Ballet. Sara previously danced for two seasons as a member of Nashville Ballet’s second company.
  • · Peter Weil, age 19, Jenkintown, PA, in 2015 was promoted to Apprentice at Pennsylvania Ballet, after joining Pennsylvania Ballet II earlier in year. Peter was previously a New Artist at Next Generation Ballet and in 2013 was a Trainee at Boston Ballet. This year he also participated in the Prix de Lausanne. He was a YAGP medalist and New York semifinalist from 2009 – 2015, and earned full scholarships to summer programs at The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Mr. Weil began studying ballet in Metropolitan’s prestigious Boys’ Scholarship Program at age seven. He will dance the lead role when Pennsylvania Ballet performs Don Quixote by Angel Corella (After Petipa), March 3-13, 2016 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

Additionally, MBA alumna Sarah Mettin, an accomplished choreographer, dancer and founder of Mettin Movement in New York City, will premiere a new work at the MBA Gala Performance.

The MBA Gala will be followed by a Gala Celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Curtis Arboretum in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. Advance tickets are required; a portion of each ticket supports scholarships, performances, and community outreach by Metropolitan Ballet Company, MBA’s affiliated nonprofit, pre-professional dance company. Ticket information for the Gala Performance and Celebration will be available soon at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org.

Metropolitan Ballet Academy 2016 Winter Workshop offers a Master Class with Acclaimed Lighting Designer John Hoey, Costume Design for Dance with Jan Schleiger, Dance History with Kate Carr, Intro to Tap with Pamela Hetherington, plus a free Dance Medicine seminar with Angela Santone

February 9th, 2016 |

Registration also open for Metropolitan’s 2016 Summer Intensive

 
Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA), celebrating its 20th anniversary at 700 Cedar Road in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, announces that registration is now open for its 2016 Winter Workshop. This year, classes held on Saturdays from February 27 through March 19 will offer a unique opportunity for students, dancers and the public to broaden their knowledge of the performance experience with classes in costume and lighting design, dance history, and tap. MBA will also present a free seminar about dance medicine, co-hosted by Aquahab Physical Therapy. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. For information and registration, contact the MBA studio office at 215-663-1665 or Metbaseman@gmail.com.

MBA founder and Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic says, “Our student dancers engage in a rigorous curriculum of classical dance training for nine to twelve months each year. The Winter Workshop gives them, and the general public, a chance to learn about other aspects of dance and performance art in one-to-three session classes that may inspire them to learn more. We are delighted to offer these exciting classes, taught by expert faculty, and encourage anyone with an interest in these topics to spend some Saturdays in our Winter Workshops.”

MBA 2016 Winter Workshop Schedule: Faculty Bios Follow Schedule
· Lighting Design | How to Talk to a Lighting Designer: Master Class with John Hoey, acclaimed Philadelphia Lighting Designer
An interactive learning experience beginning with basic how-to’s of lights and lighting design, progressing into hands-on projects allowing participants to put their new knowledge into practice. This workshop is generously hosted by Lisa Litchko-Stunder.
Saturday, February 27; 10 am – 3 pm
$75.00
Location: Hatboro-Horsham High School Theatre
Ages 13-Adult

· Costume Design for Dance: Jan Schleiger, Costume Designer
MBC’s brilliant costume designer presents an intensive design workshop for ballet and contemporary dance. Explore how costumes support the dance, considering movement style, choreography, period, music, ensemble vs solo, dancers’ body shapes and sizes. Gain hands-on experience sketching your own costume designs and examine construction, fabric choices and fitting skills; includes short live performances for inspiration. Ms. Schleiger has more than 35 years of experience designing costumes for renowned dance, opera and theater companies.
2-class workshop: Saturdays, February 20 & 27; 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
$60.00
Location: MBA Studio, 700 Cedar Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Ages 13-Adult

· Dance History: Illustrated Lectures with Kate Carr, Dance Educator
Dancer, educator, teaching artist and certified yoga instructor, Kate Carr received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in 2002. In three fascinating lectures, learn about the history of dance through the ages.
3-class workshop: Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19; 3 pm – 4:30 pm
$60.00
Location: MBA Studio, 700 Cedar Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Ages 10-Adult

· Intro to Tap: Pamela Hetherington, Artistic Director, Take it Away Dance
Tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director, Pamela Hetherington leads the Philadelphia Community Tap Dance Project. In three classes, learn the FUNdamentals of tap.
3-class workshop: Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19; 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
$50.00
Location: MBA Studio, 700 Cedar Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Ages 10-Adult

· Dance Medicine: Angela Santone, Aquahab – FREE WORKSHOP
Dancer and certified Pilates teacher Angela Santone has worked as a licensed physical therapist assistant since 1999. At Aquahab since 2005, she focuses on core development and maximizing physical outcomes for seasoned athletes and professional dancers.
Saturday, March 19; 2 pm – 3 pm
FREE for students/dancers
Location: MBA Studio, 700 Cedar Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Ages 11-Adult

Learn More About MBA 2016 Winter Workshop Faculty

COSTUME DESIGN

Jan Schleiger has been the Costumer for Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Company since 1999.  She earned an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and danced professionally with Ann Vachon Dance Conduit in Philadelphia. Her 36 years of experience include designing, constructing, and fitting costumes for dance, opera and theater companies including Bryn Mawr College, International Opera Theater, local modern dance companies and The Opera Company of Philadelphia.  Ms. Schleiger also mentors design students and teaches construction skills, dyeing, fabric design, patternmaking, and fitting.

Jan Schleiger, Costume Designer

Jan Schleiger, Costume Designer

LIGHTING DESIGN
John Hoey is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (’89), and Temple University (’92).  He also studied privately with scenographer and architect Josef Svoboda in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1988.  He has designed at nearly every theater in Philadelphia including the Arden, the Wilma, People’s Light, and the Walnut Street Theatres.  He designed over 20 operas for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and just opened his 100th ballet for the Pennsylvania Ballet.  He was on the design staff of New York City Opera, and was a Lighting Director at New York City Ballet for 3 seasons. Nationally, he has designed for Luciano Pavarotti, Spoleto Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.  Internationally, he has designed and toured to all but one continent.  In film he was the Associate Art Director for the movie “Center Stage.” In 2005, John was the recipient of an Independence Fellowship grant and returned to Prague to work with Laterna Magika and the National Theatre.  John has received two Best of Philadelphia Awards, five total Barrymore nominations with Barrymore Awards for the lighting design of Sweeney Todd at the Arden Theatre and for 9 Parts Desire at the Wilma Theater, a Helen Hayes nomination for Measure for Measure at the Folger Theater in Washington, DC, two “Rockie” Awards for work in the Philadelphia Dance community and a Prix Millennium Award for Capuleti et Montegue at the Opera Company of Philadelphia.  In 2006, John was named to the faculty at Temple University‘s theater department.  Recently, John designed two world premier ballets for Pennsylvania Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Kennedy Center, had his work shown internationally on PBS (Pennsylvania Ballet at 50) and has been a design consultant for PlayPenn new play festival. www.johnstephenhoey.com

John Hoey

John Hoey

DANCE HISTORY
Kate Carr is a dance educator, teacher and performer based in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Since 2011 she has served as a teaching artist at BalletX, and since 2013 has taught creative movement, modern dance, yoga for dancers and dance history at Metropolitan Ballet Academy. From 2006 to 2011 she was a performing artist with White Box Theatre Research Collective. Ms. Carr earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2002, and in 2005 earned her 250 hour certification in vinyasa yoga, as well as certification in yoga for children and teens. Her significant experience as a yoga instructor for children, teens and adults includes five years teaching multi-level vinyasa classes to employees of the Pew Charitable Trust.

Kate Carr

Kate Carr

INTRO TO TAP
Pamela Hetherington is a dancer, choreographer, educator and the artistic director of Take It Away Dance. A Philadelphia native, she joined Philadelphia tap company, Tap Team Two & Company, at the age of sixteen and was a principle dancer with the company for fifteen years, during which time she performed widely in major theaters and festivals all over Philadelphia and the East Coast. In the past nine years, she has imagined and produced over 20 tap and live music productions in Philadelphia. Her work has been presented by the McGuffey Arts Center and Live Arts (Charlottesville, VA), Small Stakes Philly, Jazz Bridge, and the Philadelphia Jazz Project. She performs locally with jazz musicians and vocalists, including the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, and she has also performed modern, contemporary and tap works, both on stage and film, with the Miki Liszt Dance Company, Prospect Dance Group, Keila Cordova Dances, Sound and Movement Collective and Loose Screws Contemporary Tap Ensemble. She is a three-time grant recipient from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a 2014 grant recipient from Small But Mighty Arts.  Pam teaches classes and master workshops to pre-professionals, university students and adults all over the Delaware Valley. For the past two years, she has been a roster artist and performer for the DEA Youth Dance Program. She owns Soundspace 1525, the first dedicated percussive dance space in the Delaware Valley.

Pamela Hetherington

Pamela Hetherington

 

DANCE MEDICINE
Angela Santone has been a licensed physical therapist assistant since 1999. She has been a wonderful asset to Aquahab for the past ten years, sharing a wealth of orthopedic knowledge from her eclectic background. While working as a dancer in Las Vegas she also obtained her certification for Pilates teaching, applying that knowledge in the realm of dance medicine, as well as rehabilitation of the spine. After completing a 4 day intensive study in dance medicine at NYU, her special interests within the physical rehab setting lies in core development and maximizing physical outcomes for the seasoned athlete as well as the professional dancer.

Angela Santone

Angela Santone

Registration now open for Metropolitan’s 2016 Summer Intensive
Metropolitan Ballet Academy, recognized by POINTE magazine (October 2011) as one of the top seven studios in America “cultivating top talent,” continues to provide its acclaimed dance training throughout the summer months. Intermediate and advanced student dancers annually look forward to The Bridge, MBA’s Master Class workshop series, featuring a distinguished roster of guest artists from June 7-14, 2016.

Guest artists from the U.S. and abroad also teach regularly in MBA’s renowned Summer Intensive, which will be held at the MBA studio from July 11 to August 12, 2016. In addition to half and full-day dance programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced boys and girls ages 7-18, the MBA Summer Intensive also offers M3 = Math x Music x Movement©: an exciting summer enrichment program for ages 7-10, featured in Dance Teacher magazine (April 2015). Enroll now, for children entering 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade.

Metropolitan Ballet Academy Announces 20th Anniversary Year

September 8th, 2015 |

Save June 4, 2016 for 20th Anniversary Gala Performance & Reception

 

Highly acclaimed ballet studio in Jenkintown, PA, launches 20th anniversary
Academic year with classes starting Monday, September 14, 2015

 

Jenkintown, PA—Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA), which has earned recognition from Pointe magazine as one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent” (November 2011), kicks off its 20th Anniversary year with classes starting Monday, September 14, 2015. The studio and its affiliated nonprofit performing company, Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC), will celebrate two decades serving the greater Philadelphia region with an exciting year of guest artists, master classes and community performances, culminating in a Gala Performance and Reception on June 4, 2016.

Guest faculty John Selya, former member of American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp Dance and an acclaimed Broadway dancer, teaching class at Metropolitan Ballet, Summer 2015; photo by Miki Wray.

Guest faculty John Selya, former member of American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp Dance and an acclaimed Broadway dancer, teaching class at Metropolitan Ballet, Summer 2015; photo by Miki Wray.

 

Founder and Artistic Director 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 Voloshy Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

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 a love and appreciation of dance in our community. Metropolitan Ballet is located at 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

 

Guest faculty Cynthia Drayer, former Principal with San Francisco Ballet, instructs young boys in Metropolitan Ballet 2015 Summer Intensive; photo by Miki Wray.

Guest faculty Cynthia Drayer, former Principal with San Francisco Ballet, instructs young boys in Metropolitan Ballet 2015 Summer Intensive; photo by Miki Wray.

 

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. MBC often presents new dance works created for the Company by New York-based choreographers including Kanji Segawa, Jessica Lang, Katarzyna Skarpetowska and MBA alumna Sarah Mettin, whose own dance company made its debut at Jacob’s Pillow in July 2015. 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. YAGP Philadelphia has also twice awarded Ms. Vidnovic Outstanding Teacher (2011/2013) and Metropolitan Ballet Academy Outstanding School (2012/2015). In 2015 the Eastern Montgomery Chamber of Commerce named Metropolitan Ballet Company Nonprofit of the Year.

Metropolitan is now accepting registration for girls and boys ages 3 to 18 for its Creative Movement, Youth Division and Pre-Professional Division classes, taught by the school’s outstanding year-round faculty, plus renowned guest artists. Classes start Monday, September 14, 2015; information and registration forms are available at www.metropolitanballetacademy.com, or contact Ms. Vidnovic at 215-663-1665 or collinsvidnovic@verizon.net.

Metropolitan Ballet students perform the Children’s Mazurka from Paquita, after Petipa (Company Premiere 2010). Photo by E.A. Kennedy III.

Metropolitan Ballet students perform the Children’s Mazurka from Paquita, after Petipa (Company Premiere 2010). Photo by E.A. Kennedy III.

Metropolitan Ballet Company Announces Audition for Free

May 19th, 2015 |

Boys’ Scholarship Program dance classes, June 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

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

Metropolitan Ballet Company Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program 2014-2015 Level 1 students with MBC faculty member, Sergey Pupyrev, photo by Miki Wray

 

Jenkintown, PA— Metropolitan Ballet Company will hold auditions for its renowned Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, June 6, 2015 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 from September 2015 through June 2016, 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 is required.

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.

Metropolitan Ballet boys perform Colors, choreography by Lisa Collins Vidnovic, photo by E.A. Kennedy, III

 

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. Nearly 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.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program is an 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 about auditions for the Boys’ Scholarship Program, MBA classes for boys and girls, tickets to the MBA Showcase on May 30-31, 2015, or tax-deductible contributions to MBC, please contact Lisa Collins Vidnovic at 215-663-1665, email collinsvidnovic@verizon.net or visit http://www.metropolitanballetcompany.org.