MBT’s professional ensemble is selected by audition, and seeks to complement and expand the existing outreach and production programs. These professionals prepare an annual repertoire of pieces for regional outreach, and mentor our Academy students during productions and as guest or year-long faculty members.

Would you like a program for your school? Please call us at 301-762-1757 or email erin@mbtdance.org. All performance programs can be presented alone or followed by an interactive class demonstration or a question/answer session with students about ballet and careers in the performing arts. We love to visit classrooms and share our art! Programs are free or low-cost to PTAs, as part of MBT’s mission to make arts opportunities accessible to all.

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 Ourchestra - Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble2017-2018 Season: Ourchestra

This 40-minute program reveals the undeniable relationship between dance and music! Ourchestra examines the four families of an Orchestra, Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass, and Strings, while giving a brief lesson on some of the instruments that make up these families. The instruments come alive through dance in the styles of classical ballet, jazz, and modern, all performed to orchestral music selections. Students will learn about music in a whole new way! The Ensemble will premiere Ourchestra on January 21, 2018, and will tour local schools and community centers throughout the winter and spring of 2018. If we can bring this fun and engaging program to you, please call us at 301-762-1757. All programs can be presented alone or with an interactive class demonstration or a question/answer session with students about ballet and careers in the performing arts. Weekday field trips to MBT’s Black Box Studio Theater are also available!

Choreography: Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard

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shel-we-dance4-low-res2016-2017 Season: Shel We Dance

This 35-minute, original contemporary ballet program is based on poetry of Shel Silverstein! The quirky and fun poems are brought to life through dance, inspiring our young audience members to read. The Ensemble’s season at local schools and community centers began in the fall of 2016, and toured throughout the 2016-2017 school year. If we can bring this fun and engaging program to your school, community center or senior center, please call us at 301-762-1757. All programs can be presented alone or with an interactive class demonstration or a question/answer session with students about ballet and careers in the performing arts. Weekday field trips to MBT’s Black Box Studio Theater are also available!

Choreography: Elizabeth Odell Catlett and Katerina Rodgaard

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new%20seuss%20with%20black%20border%2022015-2016 Season: Stories of Dr. Seuss

This 30-45 minute original contemporary ballet program premiered at MBT’s Studio Theater in fall 2015, and then toured at local schools and community centers throughout the 2015-2016 season. If we can bring this fun and engaging program to your school, community center or senior center, please call us at 301-762-1757. All programs can be presented alone or with an interactive class demonstration or a question/answer session with students about ballet and careers in the performing arts. Weekday field trips to MBT’s Black Box Studio Theater are also available!

Choreography: Elizabeth Odell Catlett

 

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 2014-2015 Season: Carnival of the Animals

This 40-minute, narrated ballet program premiered with a free in-studio performance for the community at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre studios on September 14, 2014, and has since been performed at several local schools and senior centers to rave reviews. If we can bring this lively and beautiful cultural arts program to your school, community center or senior center, please call us at 301-762-1757.

Choreography: Tyrone C. Walker

 

 

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Black History Month Program

This 30-minute, narrated ballet program premiered in Winter 2013, and has since been performed in various iterations at several local schools during Black History Month and all year round. Dancers perform beautiful choreography to music attributed to famous African American composers or performers. Narration includes age-appropriate historical facts about the composers, musicians and topics of black history spanning several decades. If we can bring this cultural arts program to your school, community center or senior center, please call us at 301-762-1757. Current Choreography: Katerina Rodgaard

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marina%20headshotMarina Castilla  was born in Kiev, Ukraine and started serious dance training at the age of fourteen with the Sudbrook Arts Center and Baltimore County Youth Ballet under the direction of Laura Dolid. She performed in The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, as well as Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. Marina continued her dance training at the University of Maryland, College Park. Marina danced professionally for five seasons with the Howard County Ballet where she performed the roles of Snow Queen and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Jewels in Sleeping Beauty, Glinda in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the Nightingale in The Nightingale. Her choreography set on Howard County Ballet dancers was featured in the Young Choreographers Showcase and Johns Hopkins University. In 2015, Marina was featured as a dancer in a brand video for ZeroChroma mobile electronics accessories. This is Marina’s fifth season dancing with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. She has performed with the outreach ensemble as well as in productions of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.

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Kourtney Ginn  is a dance artist, educator, administrator, and advocate. A native of Winchester, VA, she received her early training from Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet and summer programs at places such as Richmond Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Ginn graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Dance, and choreographed three original works and performed pieces by Salim Gauwloos, Tara Madsen, Matthew Neenan, and John Lehrer during her four years in the Bucknell Dance Company. Ginn’s career in the professional dance field has been multifaceted. She has taught dance at American Dance Institute, Adventure-Theatre MTC, John Kerr Elementary School, Lewisburg Arts Festival, Move This World, and Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet. Ginn has performed with Beth Elliot Dance Group, DC Contemporary Dance Theater, Karen Reedy Dance, NetCo Dance Company, and Washington Reflections Dance Company. Most recently, Ginn worked for Dance/USA, a national dance service organization, first as Development Associate and later as Director of Programs. Currently, Ginn is the School Program Coordinator and a Core Faculty member at Joy of Motion Dance Center. In addition to performing with the Ensemble, she also performs DancEthos and as a guest artist with Company E which included travelling with the company on tour to Kazakhstan and Cuba in 2016. She also holds a 200 hour registered yoga certification and enjoys practicing and teaching yoga.

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Jennifer Hausdorfer  originated many roles in contemporary ballets by Sandra Peticolas at Lafayette Ballet Company, performing soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote, and the Dying Swan. In the DC area, she has performed works by Katie Vaught, danced with the Classical Repertory Dance Theatre and MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet. She has performed with the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble since 2013, and she remains a frequent guest artist with the Lafayette Ballet Company.

 

 

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Head ShotCourtney Jefferies  is a Maryland native and has over 17 years of dance training in ballet, modern, and contemporary. She began her dance training under Lynn Welters in Washington DC. Courtney furthered her dance studies at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and The Madeira School, where she studied ballet, jazz, modern and other dance forms. She has had the privilege of attending summer intensives including the program with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City. In 2017, Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages and Literatures from Bowdoin College. Her academic pursuits took her to Paris, France where she continued her ballet and contemporary dance studies. Returning to the United States, she lead Bowdoin’s student-run classical ballet dance company for which she worked as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Courtney has since returned to Maryland where she will continue performing and teaching dance. This season Courtney will be dancing with Gin Dance Company and will begin her first season with the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble.

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melissa-lineberg-headshotMelissa Lineburg  began training at a local dance studio in Charles Town, WV, and continued her training under the direction of Joyce Morrison at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet. Melissa received a B.F.A. in Dance: Ballet from Radford University in 2011. She has been a company member with Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble since January 2015, and she is also a company dancer with Misako Ballet Company and Agora Dance. Ms. Lineburg has danced at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra. Melissa has served on the Board of Dance Metro DC and is the Administrative Services & Database Manager at Dance/USA in Washington, DC.
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Mikayla McKee  graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with her B.F.A in dance in 2017. There, she choreographed and performed many modern works for her fellow peers and she performed in works by department head, Susan Shields. Mikayla also received a George Mason University School of Dance scholarship, The Provost Achievement Award, was consistently on the University’s Dean’s List and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. When Mikayla is not dancing or teaching dance at Adagio Ballet School of Dance, she may be found using her 3 years of experience as a Social Media Specialist for Mason’s dance department doing head shots and other photography. Mikayla is happy to have recently been hired as a Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble Company Member and to be an apprentice with Company Danzante.

 

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Erin HeadshotErin Rochow  began her training at the Carroll County Dance Center in Sykesville, MD under Sandra Woods. She performed in several ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Les SylphidesWestern Symphony, and variations from Paquita. Erin then graduated magna cum laude from Elon University receiving her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Communications. Erin has danced professionally with North Carolina companies and choreographers TERRANOVA Dance Theatre, Natalie Marrone and The Dance Cure, and Chris Burnside. Since moving to the DC metro area in 2012, she has performed with Ballet ADI, Moveius Contemporary Ballet, DancEthos, and choreographers Eleni Grove and Matina Phillips. Erin is currently a member of Company Danzante and the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble. She has performed in many venues and festivals throughout the DC metro area including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, VelocityDC Dance Festival, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, and American Dance Institute.