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Boys' Audition: Saturday June 8th!

Updated: May 17

Metropolitan Ballet Company will hold auditions for its renowned Boys’ Scholarship Dance Program on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 9:00 AM, at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy, 700 N. Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Boys, ages 7-11 and 12-17 are eligible to receive free, weekly dance classes plus performance opportunities from September 2024 through June 2025.

Classes are taught by Metropolitan men’s faculty lead, Daniel Mayo (Juilliard graduate and formerly BalletX) and Vitaly Verterich (Kiev Ballet School, Moscow Chamber Ballet, Riverdance on Broadway) as well as modern and jazz faculty. No prior dance experience is required; boys should arrive ready to participate in a beginner class at 9:00am-9:45am in gym clothes or dance attire. Come and explore!

The Boys’ Scholarship Program provides tuition-free training in all-male classes designed to build motor intelligence, flexibility, and strength. Approximately 50 boys enroll each year for beginner – advanced Classical training, along with classes in Modern and Jazz dance. Metropolitan was named by POINTE magazine as one of America’s top seven ballet studios “cultivating top talent” and has been recognized with the Youth America Grand Prix’s Outstanding School Award four times.

For the past three years, Metropolitan has fielded a cast of boys for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, dancing on stage at the Academy of Music with the wonderful artists of the Philadelphia Ballet.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program has provided over $1.5 million in tuition-free classes to over 425 boys since its founding in 1999. The rigors of classical training and performance provide a framework for success for boys who build tenacity, time management and teamwork skills.

Lisa Collins Vidnovic created Metropolitan Ballet’s Boys’ Scholarship Program in 1999 to make classical dance training accessible to boys in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Boys’ Scholarship Program is supported by grants from the Loeb Performing Arts Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and by many generous donors. For more information and to register, call 215-663-1665, email or visit our Boys' Scholarship Program Page.

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