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The MET MEN: Boys’ Scholarship Program

You won't be the only boy in class! Our “Met Men” enjoy all-male classes led by distinguished male faculty. There’s a strong community here, 25 years in the making, to challenge the dancer-athlete.

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Metropolitan’s Boys’ Scholarship Program provides tuition-free classical dance training in all-male classes, led by distinguished male faculty. Since 1999, over 425 boys have enrolled, receiving over $1.7 million in scholarships. Up to 50 boys train and perform each year, making our program one of the largest in the nation.


Our self-proclaimed “MET MEN” are inspiring young people, yet many of them would not be able to afford dance training without scholarship assistance. Here they find supportive mentors and develop athleticism, strength, and time management skills. All-male classes provide a community where life-long friendships are forged. Some continue to dance professionally, several with major ballet companies, while others head off to college or other career paths: their classical training remains key to their success.


Performance opportunities abound: our younger dancers perform in Philadelphia Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Philadelphia’s historic Academy of Music. Other performances include Family Concert Series, Variations/Collaborations, and Spring Showcase.

Family Concert Series 2018 / Moriaky (Sailors)

Choreography: Virsky as staged by Taras Lewyckyj / Photo by Eduardo Patino.NYC 

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Metropolitan 25th Anniversary Gala / Highland Bliss

Choreography: Kanji Segawa / Photo by Eduardo Patino.NYC

Alumni Outcomes: Professional Dancers

Metropolitan’s Boys’ Scholarship students are consistently accepted into prestigious

year-round dance training programs, trainee positions, second companies, apprenticeships, and professional company positions.

Alabama Ballet
American Repertory Ballet
Ballet Austin
Ballet West Academy
Bolshoi Ballet Academy
Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet School
Charlotte Ballet
Colburn School
Colorado Ballet
Colorado Ballet Academy
Ellison Ballet

George Mason University
Grand Rapids Ballet
Harid Conservatory
Houston Ballet Academy
Jacob’s Pillow School
Joffrey Academy of Dance (Chicago)
Joffrey Ballet Chicago
Milwaukee Ballet
Minnesota Dance Theatre
National Ballet of Canada School
New York City Ballet
Nimbus Dance
North Carolina School of the Arts
Orlando Ballet

Philadelphia Ballet
Princeton Ballet School
Royal Ballet School (UK)
SUNY Purchase
Sacramento Ballet
School of American Ballet (SAB)
School of Philadelphia Ballet
State Street Ballet
The ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
The Ailey School
The Juilliard School
The San Francisco Ballet School
Washington Ballet
Washington School of Ballet

Alumni Outcomes: College & Beyond

Classical training at Metropolitan leads to favorable outcomes for boys. While many continue in dance careers, a large number pursue college studies. Boys’ Scholarship graduates study and work in the STEM fields, including Engineering, Computer Science, and Health Care. Others excel in Supply Chain Management and Law School. The knowledge gained at Metropolitan – organizational skills, complex problem solving, and the ability to view issues from multiple perspectives – are proven assets, which stand out to admissions officers and employers. Metropolitan is proud to follow the journeys of all of our alumni!

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Brian Ouzomgi, Met Alumnus

Senior Associate Software Engineer at Capital One

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My years at Metropolitan helped prepare me for my career, and for life. It was a wonderful environment to grow up in. Ms. Collins, and all the teachers, genuinely care about their students. From my first class, I knew that I had found my home studio!


Metropolitan Alumnus, Web Developer



Metropolitan's renowned Boys’ Scholarship Program is proudly supported by grants from the Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and by gifts from many generous individuals.

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