- To foster interest in classical ballet
- To provide excellence in dance training
- To offer serious dancers an opportunity to perform regularly
- To provide programs of the highest artistic quality for the Metro Jackson Area
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet
Madison Civic Ballet was founded in 1992 and was the first arts organization
to call the Madison County Cultural Center its home. As the young company
began to grow in expertise, it attracted talented dancers from the greater
metropolitan Jackson area and nearby cities, as well as Madison County.
The Company became loved and well known in the City of Madison for its
performances of the "Nutcracker" and its annual Dinner Theater
on the Cultural Center Stage, and soon began to receive numerous requests
to perform for school and civic organizations around the state. The company
toured to Brookhaven, Meridian and Yazoo City. In 1997, the company changed
its name to the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet in order to better reflect
the wider area which it had come to serve.
Full length ballets
performed by the company have included "Firebird", "Coppelia", "Sleeping
Beauty", "Cinderella", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Alice
in Wonderland." Guest artists with the company have included Joseph Gatti, 2006 USA IBC Bronze Medalist, and his partner, 2006 USA IBC Finalist Adiarys Almeida; Louisville Ballet Principal Dancers Mariano Albano and Christy Corbitt-Miller; San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Molly Smolen; and Orlando Ballet Principal Dancer Katia Garza.
MMB has collaborated with both
the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Lima, Ohio Symphony as guest artists. In September 2008, MMB was accepted as a Performing Company member of the Southeast Regional Ballet Association, a division of Regional Dance America. MMB is the only member company from the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy
The Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy is the official school of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Our students have won numerous awards in competition and have been accepted to prestigious summer workshops across the country. In 2005, MMDA sent three dancers to the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. At the Greenville, SC YAGP Semi-Finals, Jennifer Beasley and Victoria Lee Ramsay were honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award. Each summer, MMDA hosts a two-week summer intensive workshop with world-class guest faculty. Our guest teachers have included Orlando Molina, former Ballet Master for Orlando Ballet; Adam Sage, Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theater and former Artistic Director of the Virginia School of the Arts; and Daryl Bjoza, Director of Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts and star of the MTV reality series "Taking the Stage." MMDA Alumni include Miss Mississippi 2003 Allison Kellogg; America's Jr. Miss 2005 Kelli Schutz; and 2002 USA IBC competitor Sarah Newman, who also danced professionally with the Alabama Ballet. Other former students are currently dancing professionally, teaching, choreographing , and supporting the arts nationwide. Visit our Student Accomplishments page to learn more about our alumni!
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