Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC), established as a 501(c)(3) in 2001, grew from several programs initiated by its parent school, Metropolitan Ballet Academy, which was founded in Jenkintown, PA in 1996. Today MBC is recognized as our region’s preeminent classical dance company, and its training acknowledged as one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent,” (Pointe, October/November 2011).
Noted for its high-caliber faculty, rigorous performing schedule, successful alumni, and acclaimed Boys’ Scholarship Program, MBC has been cited as “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS/ Arts and Culture, June, 2012). MBC has three times been honored with the Youth America Grand Prix “Outstanding School Award” in the world’s largest international student ballet scholarship competition ( 2012, 2015 & 2017). MBC was also named “2015 Nonprofit of the Year” by the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
MBC dancers are exposed to technique and teaching by some of the dance world’s most illustrious artists through master classes and workshops, and practice the art of performance in an annual season that presents both traditional and contemporary dance. Since its founding in 2001, the company has added an astounding 60 works to its repertoire, including 20 world premiere contemporary works and three world premiere story ballets for children, created for MBC by noted choreographers including Jessica Lang (Jessica Lang Dance), Kanji Segawa and Carlos dos Santos, Jr. (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Kate Skarpetowska (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), MBC alumna Sarah Mettin (Mettin Movement), and Tommie-Waheed Evans (Philadanco). The Company was honored to receive permission from The Balanchine Trust to present George Balanchine’s Serenade in 2010 and Valse Fantaisie in 2011. MBC continues to expand its opportunities for pre-professional students and in 2012 launched the innovative Explorations program, designed to connect its dancers with professional companies across the nation.
Serving a diverse community audience of more than 10,000 people annually, MBC is committed to ensuring that dance continues to be relevant, exciting and accessible for people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. MBC partners with The School District of Philadelphia, Educating Communities for Parenting, The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center, Northern Children’s Services, Abington YMCA, Abington Hospital, Jenkintown Library, Rydal Park and Sunrise Retirement to offer over 3,000 children and seniors free access to its performance season, outreach performances at retirement communities, and in-school Kinetic Literacy Program © classes and scholarship programs for underserved youth.
MBC is grateful to its institutional and individual donors, who make our performances, community outreach, and training scholarships possible. We welcome your support.
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.