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Metropolitan Ballet Company and Settlement Music School to present their annual collaborative performance

Metropolitan Ballet Company - Fend 2012 - photo EA Kennedy, III

Metropolitan Ballet Company dancers Kamryn Baldwin, Jonathan Tavares
and Sara VanderVoort in Sarah Mettin’ s  “ Fend” 
Photo credit:  E.A. Kennedy, III

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) and students from Settlement Music School will present their annual collaborative performance on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Kurtz Center at William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

11 Settlement Music School students will perform with Metropolitan Ballet’s 30-member classical dance company in a 90 minute tour de force, featuring musical ensembles, soloists, original works for dancers and musicians, and three exciting contemporary and classical premieres.

Among the new dance works to be presented will be the company premiere of Aloft, an innovative and joyous contemporary piece by Dayton, Ohio-based choreographer Ashley Sass, featuring costume designs by Martha Chamberlain. Ms. Sass is a graduate of Point Park University and danced professionally with both Atlanta Ballet and Dayton Ballet.  Her choreography has received numerous awards, including the Regional Dance America (RDA) Project Tier award in 2009 and the RDA National Choreographic Award in both 2012 and 2011.  She has recently joined the artistic staff of The Mid-Columbia Ballet in Washington. This is her first work for MBC.

MBC alumna and NYC choreographer Sarah Mettin will present her third original work for MBC following the highly successful Fend from last season.  The collaborative will widen its scope to also include a performance by her NYC based company, Mettin Movement Collective (MMC).  Noted as “one to watch” at the 2012 NYC Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, MMC makes it Philadelphia premiere with In a Roofless Room,  set to songs by Vivaldi and Loscil .

The danced portion of the program will also feature the premiere of Holberg Suite, a new classical work by MBA faculty member Denise D’Angelo as well as two original works for both dancers and musicians, choreographed by MBC Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic.

The highly accomplished young musicians who study at various branches of Settlement Music School include a cello quartet coached by faculty member Christine Danoff; a piano trio coached by piano faculty member Sandra Carlock; and solo performers, including Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano.  SMS faculty member and accompanist, Jean Louise Shook will also perform.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 2, 2013 are $15.00 in advance or $18.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org   For information, please call (215) 663-1665.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
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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