Metropolitan Ballet Company is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, kicking off with an exciting production of two new Children’s ballets: “The Story of Ferdinand” and “Robin Hood.” Based on the classic children’s tales, these two new dances will dazzle children and adults alike in a live performance that is suitable for ages 5 – 95.
Metropolitan’s Family Concert Series performances are Saturday, January 15 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, and Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 pm at Abington Friends School’s Josephine Muller Auditorium, 575 Washington Lane, Jenkintown,19046. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; purchase online at www.metropolitanballetcompany.org or call 215-663-1665. Schools and groups are welcome. Free parking on site.
“The Story of Ferdinand” is based on the beloved children’s book by Munro Leaf, with iconic illustrations by Robert Lawson. Ferdinand is a young bull who prefers to smell the flowers (and dance!) rather than fight in bullfights. Choreography is by the nationally acclaimed Jennifer Sommers, Director of the Houston Ballet Academy, and long-time creative collaborator with Metropolitan.
“Robin Hood,” features Robin and his group of Merrymakers, along with Friar Tuck, Little John, and Maid Marian. This athletic, abstract interpretation of the 1938 film is choreographed by John Selya, renowned as a former Twyla Tharp dancer, current Tharp colleague – staging her works worldwide – and Tony Award-nominee for his role in Tharp’s Broadway smash, Movin’ Out! Selya is also a member of Metropolitan’s faculty. Robin Hood is made possible by a generous gift from Joy Falk Schorr, CEO, DJS Associates, Inc., and the support of businesses, foundations, and individuals.
Special guests from The School of the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance will also perform! Metropolitan has enjoyed a two-decade long relationship with these artists, and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center, which marked its 40th Anniversary this year.
Metropolitan Ballet Company is a pre-professional dance company affiliated with Metropolitan Ballet Academy; a classical dance studio founded in 1996 by Lisa Collins Vidnovic. Metropolitan is recognized as a one of “seven local studios in America cultivating top talent,” by POINTE magazine. Met has trained numerous dance artists who now perform with professional companies across America. More than 100 Metropolitan students have earned highest honors at Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and/or scholarships for intensive study with prestigious ballet companies nationwide.
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Metropolitan Ballet Company
January 15, 2022 at 1pm & 4pm
January 16, 2022 at 1pm
Abington Friends School – Muller Auditorium, 575 Washington Ln., Jenkintown, PA 19046
Run time is 60 minutes, with no Intermission
Tickets: $15 in Advance/$20 at the Door | https://metballet.ticketleap.com/robinhood/
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