Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble

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Reserve Tickets to January 20th Premiere – Ballet Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends

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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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2018-2019 Season: Ballet Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends

This 40-minute program entitled Ballet Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends is a quirky and fun dance interpretation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories! Characters like Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten come to life and help teach important lessons through dance. The ensemble will premiere this ballet on January 20, 2019 and will tour local schools and community centers in the winter and spring of 2019. For more information or if we can bring this program to you, feel free to email me at erin@mbtdance.org or call (301) 762-1757. Performances can be accompanied by a question and answer session about ballet and careers in the arts and/or an interactive dance portion with your students.

Choreography: Elizabeth Odell Catlett, Katerina Rodgaard, and Michelle Bettin

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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 premiered 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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2018-2019 Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble:

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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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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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Emilia Kawashima,  a Florida native, began her dance studies at the age of five. Her classical ballet, jazz and modern training began at the University Center for the Performing Arts where she trained with Barbara Sloan, Damaris Ferrer, and Lu Welters to name a few. Emilia was a company member with Jubilee Dance Theatre from 2007-2009 where she performed in various well-renowned South Florida venues.  She received her BS and MS degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Ocean Engineering alongside training in modern dance with Clarence Brooks and Diana Mighdoll Hoffmaster. From 2010-2012 she was a member of the non-profit modern dance company the Movement Project. Now Emilia resides in DC and is part of the local dance community. She is a company member of DancEthos and co-artistic director of Errant Movement. This is Emilia’s second 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.
Photo credit: Ed Hubert

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Matina Phillips  earned her BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Elon University. Since 2012, Matina has choreographed in the region, and in 2016, was appointed Artistic Director of the regional modern dance company alight dance theater (ADT). Under ADT, her theatrical and dance education-based work – in collaboration with Associate Artistic Director Eleni Grove – has been produced by a diverse array of organizations including Joe’s Movement Emporium through the NextLOOK grant, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Dance Place, Anacostia Arts Center, The Baltimore Dance Invitational, and Greenbelt Community Center through the Greenbelt Community Foundation. Most recently, Matina and Eleni were featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in June 2018 regarding their dance education work in connecting movement with literature for Washington, DC public school field trip groups via a partnership with Joy of Motion Dance Center. Additionally, Matina has taught dance in the region for the past eight years at various studios and schools, including Joy of Motion Dance Center and Dance Place. She has performed previously with regional dance companies including ReVision dance company, alight dance theater, and Contradiction Dance.

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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.