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

June 29, 2016  |  Posted in 20th Anniversary Gala

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 www.metropolitanballetacademy.com!

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 all at Curtis Arboretum. MBA guest artist Karen Cleighton provided music for yet more dancing!

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!


MBA Alumni Leah McCormick (Nashville Ballet 2) and Ariel Brietman (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