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Metropolitan Ballet Company and Settlement Music School Present Annual Collaborative Concert

Metropolitan Ballet Company in Fieldwork (2013) Choreography by Sarah Mettin Photo by E.A. Kennedy III
Metropolitan Ballet Company in Fieldwork (2013)
Choreography by Sarah Mettin
Photo by E.A. Kennedy III

Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) and students from Settlement Music School will present their annual collaborative performance on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Kurtz Center of William Penn Charter School, 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA.

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, and original works for dancers and musicians.

The program will include three exciting contemporary premieres by guest choreographers Tommie‐Waheed Evans of PHILADANCO!, NYC choreographer/Alvin Ailey Company dancer, Kanji Segawa, and NYC choreographer/MBC Alumna Sarah Mettin.

The highly accomplished young musicians who study at various branches of Settlement Music School include The Myer Schwartz Advanced Study Piano Trio coached by piano faculty member Sandra Carlock; a piano trio coached by violin faculty member Jean Louise Shook, and several solo performers, including Kristal Daniels, a soprano student of Judith Turano and violinist Brenden Zak, Advanced Study Student of Hirono Oka.

Tickets for the 7:00 pm performance on March 1, 2014 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.

Metropolitan Ballet Company is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing scholarships, performance training for pre-professional dancers and outreach programs designed to promote a love and appreciation of dance in our community. For more than 100 years, Settlement Music School has been a resource for excellence in community arts education, providing music, dance and the related arts for all – regardless of age, skill level, background, or financial means. At its six locations in South and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Wynnefield, Willow Grove and Camden, New Jersey, Settlement Music School offers 10,000 weekly services and awards $2 million in financial aid each year.

- 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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