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Metropolitan Ballet Company to present two children’s storybook classics – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Peter Pan

Metropolitan Ballet Company Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse , photo by E.A.Kennedy,III

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season with two extraordinary storybook productions and a company premiere. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, with sparkling choreography by Jennifer Sommers, is based on the book by award-winning children’s author Kevin Henkes. The fairytale classic Peter Pan is a breathtaking original production by noted New York City choreographer Kanji Segawa and was created for MBC in 2007.  Also on the program will be Robert Rodham’s Snow Scene and Snow Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker, once a part of Pennsylvania Ballet’s original Nutcracker production. These magical story ballets, brought to life with exuberant dancing, will delight children of all ages.

Metropolitan Ballet Company presents Peter Pan, photo by E.A,Kennedy, III

The performances will be held at 1:00pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 17th and 1:00pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 18th at the Josephine Muller Auditorium at Abington Friends School, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown, PA 19046.  Tickets for this family-oriented program are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Running time of the program is one hour and 10 minutes. To order tickets or for more information, please call 215-663-1665, email collinsvidnovic@verizon.net or visit www.metropolitanballetcompany.org to purchase tickets online.

Metropolitan Ballet’s Family Concert Series continues to enchant young families by bringing popular stories to the stage. Previous ballets performed in MBC’s Family Concert Series have included Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly, The Rainbow Fish, Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella and Coppélia.

Metropolitan Ballet was recognized in the October 2011 issue of Pointe magazine as one of seven ballet studios across America that is producing major talent, and was most recently presented with the 2012 Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding School Award at the Regional Semi-Finals in Philadelphia.  The Company has also received national acclaim for its performances at the prestigious Regional Dance America festival, and for its Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program, which provides tuition-free training for more than 50 boys ages 7 through 18. Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community.

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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