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The Metropolitan Ballet Academy Announces Guest Teaching Artists for THE BRIDGE

Intermediate and advanced dance students from the greater Philadelphia area will have a unique opportunity to learn with acclaimed guest artists John Selya, Olga Kostritzky and Levi Marsman during “The Bridge” masterclass series, presented by the Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) June 6-12, 2018. The bridge will take place at MBA Studios at 700 Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

MBA Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Collins Vidnovic said, “We are thrilled to offer Metropolitan student dancers as well as visiting students the extraordinary opportunity to study with these three highly regarded artists. The bridge has become an integral and very popular part of the MBA summer. As class sizes are limited, we encourage interested young dancers to register early.

Ballet instructors John Selya and Olga Kostritzky return to The Bridge by popular demand. Dancer and choreographer, Levi Marsman, is new to The Bridge for 2018. All ballet classes are taught with piano accompaniment. Classes for intermediate students (levels 3, 3X, 4) will take place on June 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Advanced courses (level 4x, V, Adv) will take place on June 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on June 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuition for The Bridge is $175. For more information and to register for The Bridge, MBA Summer Intensive, Children’s Camp and M3 courses, call 215-663-1665, email [email protected] or visit

About The Bridge Guest Artists

New York native John Selya trained at the School of American Ballet (SAB) from 1980 to 1988, where he received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. Invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join the American Ballet Theater (ABT), Mr. Selya has performed works created by Balanchine, Robbins, Tharp and Mark Morris, Tetley, Kudelka and Kylian, as well as the classical repertoire, during his 11 years with the company. . He has also choreographed three works for ABT: Moondance, Disposition and Don’t Panic. After joining Twyla Tharp Dance, the famous choreographer’s touring company, Mr. Selya created and performed the central role of Eddie in Tharp’s Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Movin’ Out. His performance earned him a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, an Astaire Award for Outstanding Dance on a Broadway Stage, and a World Theater Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Mr. Selya also appeared as Dancer Mambo in ‘Damn Yankees’, Scranton Slim in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and Sid in Twyla Tharp’s recent Come Fly Away. In 2008, Mr. Selya was artist-in-residence at Joyce SoHo in New York, where he created two works: Tweaker and La Voix Humaine. Apart from appearing on stage, he has also starred in the films Everybody Says I Love You, Across the Universe, and Romance and Cigarettes. More recently, Mr. Selya ran the touring company Come Fly Away.

Olga Kostritzky lives in New York and teaches worldwide. She is a highly acclaimed ballet teacher/ballet mistress who served 20 years as a faculty member at SAB, where she created and developed The Boys Program. Since 2009, Ms. Kostritzky has been a guest teacher and trainer for the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theater. She was also a ballet teacher/mistress for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, founded by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and the Vail International Dance Festival 2007-2008. Ms. Kostritzky received the New York State Senate Award for Contribution to the Arts and the Mae L. Wien Award for Distinguished Service to the Art of Ballet.

Levi Marsman is originally from Boston, MA, and his extensive training includes the Boston Arts Academy, the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, and the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio as a Fellow through their Boston Youth Moves program. A graduate of the Walnut Hill School of the Arts (Ballet), Levi continued his formal training as a scholarship student at the Ailey School. He earned his BFA from Fordham University under Ana Marie Forsythe and the late Denise Jefferson, which led to his formal invitation to join Ailey II by former headmistress, Sylvia Waters. Levi’s choreographic work has graced many institutions including Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Sharron Miller Academy for the Performing Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School for the Arts, Marygrove College’s Institute of Music and Dance (Festival of Dance), Renaissance High School, Boston Youth Moves at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and Ailey School. His commissioned work includes Bitter? for Reed Dance in Pittsburgh, The Rite of Spring? for the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Voices? for the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Power? for the Ailey Student Performance Group and more recently Runaway? for Ballet Ecclectica at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis. Levi Marsman’s awards include the Contemporary Dance Silver Medal at the 4th Seoul International Dance Competition, the 2007 Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professionals Award, and Best Performance at the 10th Annual Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan for his ballet “Round and” Round We Go?.

Registration is now open for the Metropolitan Ballet Summer Intensive, from July 9 to August 10, 2018,

M 3 = Math x Music x Movement Summer Enrichment Program, July 9-13, 2018, and Camps for 3-6 year olds

The Metropolitan Ballet Academy Half-Day Summer Intensive Courses for Beginner and Intermediate Students will be held July 9-20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Full-day courses for intermediate and advanced students run from July 16 to August 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From July 9 to 13, students can “warm up” with a class dedicated to ballet technique and pointe shoes from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students can enroll in one or more weeks; tuition fees vary depending on the level of the class and the duration of registration.

The MBA Summer Intensive offers M3 = Maths x Music x Movement, a unique academic enrichment program for children aged 7 to 10, which can be taken exclusively or in addition to MBA dance classes. Students who will enter 2nd, 3rd or 4th in September can enroll in M3 which will be held from July 9 to 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. During M3 lessons, children discover mathematical patterns through dance and music in a joyful and artistic place. This innovative course is taught by Janet Blenheim, a former professional dancer, Fulbright Scholar from Japan and retired Head of the K-5 Mathematics Department of the Upper Dublin School District.

MBA offers children’s camps even for the youngest dancers. Two dance classes, snacks, crafts and story time will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 25 to 29 for students aged 3 and 4 and from July 9 to 13 for students aged 5 and 6.