Metropolitan Ballet Company Announces Audition for Free Boys’ Scholarship Program dance classes, June 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

June 1, 2016  |  Posted in Boys' Scholarship Program

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

Jenkintown, PA— Metropolitan Ballet Company will hold auditions for its renowned Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, June 11, 2016 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 plus performance opportunities from September 2016 through June 2017. Boys’ Scholarship classes are 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 or pre-registration is required for the audition; boys should arrive ready to dance at 9:00 am in gym clothes or dance attire.

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 “cultivating top talent” (Oct/Nov 2011).

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. More than 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. Alumni dance artists including Ariel Breitman (Colorado Ballet) and Peter Weil (Pennsylvania Ballet) will return to Jenkintown, PA, to perform in Metropolitan’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 4 pm, at the Josephine Muller Auditorium of Abington Friends School. Tickets for this performance are still available at $50/each.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program is a community 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 and tickets, call 215-663-1665, email or visit


Metropolitan Ballet Company Boys’ Scholarship Audition Class with MBC faculty member, Sergey Pupyrev, photo by Miki Wray


Metropolitan Ballet boys perform Peter Pan, choreography by Kanji Segawa, photo by E.A. Kennedy, III