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

June 1, 2016  |  Posted in 20th Anniversary Gala

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

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:

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.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Warren,, desk 215-886-1666, cell 215-669-0011.


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


Spring Waters, photo by Visual Arts Masters.


Melissa Gelfin in Don Quixote, photo by Visual Arts Masters.