1983 *Patricia Delleney founded SADT
*Susan Connally founded TME
1987 *Mrs. Connally became the Artistic Director of the two merged companies
1983 *SADT attained membership as an RDA Intern Company
1989-91 *SADT presents The Snow Queen (Susan B. Connally)
1991 *SADT was promoted to RDA/SW Performing Company
1992-94 *SADT presents Hansel and Gretel (Susan B. Connally)
1995 *SADT changed its name to
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet
1995-97 *SAMB presents La Boutique Fantasque (Eugene Slavin)
1998-2000 *SAMB presents Coppelia
1999 *SA Met Ballet hosts the RDA/SW Festival and became an official Fiesta event
2000 *SAMB receives the RDA/SW Stream Award in recognition of Artistic Excellence
*SAMB presents Jazz Swing (Fernando Bujones)
2001 *SAMB was promoted to RDA/SW Honor Co.
2001-03 *SAMB presents Cinderella
2003 *SAMB presents A Midsummer Night's Dream (Alun Jones)
2004 *SAMB offers $42,000+ in admission-free tickets to San Antonio area Title I schools and Social Service Agencies
*SAMB presents Dance Sport
*SAMB presents Beauty and the Beast
(Alun Jones) utilizing "virtual scenery"
2005 *Susan B. Connally elected RDA/SW President
*SAMB collaborates with SA Lyric Opera to perform Don Giovani and The Merry Widow
2007 *SAMB performs at RDA 50th Anniversary National Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
*SAMB collaborates with the Royal Ballet Covent Garden for the US Tour of The Sleeping Beauty
2010 *SAMB hosts RDA/SW Festival
"The Art of Dance"
2012 *SAMB performs at RDA/National Festival, Montreal, Canada
2013 *SAMB restages and lengthens
The Snow Queen to a 2-Act Ballet
2013-14 *SAMB celebrates 30 years
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet's mission is to provide high-quality, pre-professional dance instruction and performance opportunities for dancers and choreographers in a stimulating and nurturing environment, furthering the development of San Antonio's talented youth.
San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet (SA Met Ballet), originally founded in 1983 as San Antonio Dance Theatre (SADT) by Patricia Delleney, performed independently and collaborated with The Moving Experience (TME), founded by Susan Connally. Mrs. Connally became Artistic Director of the combined SADT in 1987. In 1989, SADT became a member of Regional Dance America (RDA), a national association of regional dance companies. SADT assumed the name of San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet in 1995. SA Met Ballet has hosted two RDA/SW Festivals, in 1999 and 2010, bringing more than 600 dancers, directors, choreographers and master teachers to San Antonio. In 2005, Mrs. Connally was elected President of the RDA/SW Region where she helped coordinate a collaborative piece for the 2006 International Ballet Competition RDA Performance as well as a national festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in April, 2007. In 2012, SA Met Ballet represented San Antonio at the RDA National Festival in Montreal, Canada. SA Met Ballet remains the only San Antonio dance company who has attained RDA membership. The 2012/13 Season marked SA Met Ballet's 25th Anniversary with this esteemed organization.
During these years, SA Met Ballet has given performances to benefit such organizations as the San Antonio Zoo, KLRN-TV, and The Institute of Texan Cultures and has collaborated with The San Antonio Symphony, ARTS San Antonio/Royal Ballet, The Children's Chorus of SA and the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. SA Met Ballet produces two major performances each season; a full-length story ballet such as Cinderella, or The Snow Queen, and a spring mixed-repertory performance, Dance Kaleidoscope. From 1999 to 2013, SA Met Ballet's spring concert served as an official Fiesta San Antonio event. The 2013 Season celebrated 30 years of presenting educational programs and entertaining concerts in San Antonio.
Through SA Met Ballet's outreach programs, social service agencies are provided with admission-free tickets to our performances. Agencies include Boy's Town, the SAMM Shelter, the Children's Shelter, Fischer House, Ronald McDonald House, Respite Care, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives, St. Peter St. Joseph's Children's Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Medina Children's Home. This service provides an outlet for those in need as well as those who take care of the ill and military dependents. Collaborations have included partnering with KLRN and SA Public Libraries to present live dance for the very young during the Angelina Ballerina Tea; partnering with ARTS San Antonio to present The Nutcracker with Metropolitan Classical Ballet and Mejia Ballet International utilizing the talents of SA Met Ballet as well as community dance students; working with the local Girls Scouts to help them earn their Arts Badge. In 2012, SA Met Ballet collaborated with The Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf to provide workshops for their students and a live theater performance in April.
~REGIONAL DANCE AMERICA~
In 1989, SA Met Ballet (then San Antonio Dance Theatre) attained membership through audition into Regional Dance America (RDA). RDA is a national organization of over 90 dance companies sectioned into five regions throughout the United States. To become a member of RDA, the organization must have 501(c)(3) non-profit status, produce two major concerts annually and meet various technical and artistic standards.
RDA is not a competition, but an enriching opportunity for performing, critique and growth for all dancers, directors and educators who attend the annual festival. Board Members, Adjudicators and Instructors of RDA are comprised of professionals currently active or highly active or highly regarded with nationally recognized dance organizations. Dancers attend a yearly festival which includes three days of workshops ranging in ballet, jazz, modern, partnering and other specialties (varies by host) and three nights of adjudicated performances. For more information about Regional Dance America, please visit www.regionaldanceamerica.org.
Each season, SA Met Ballet welcomes guest choreographers to work with dancers in our upper company (Senior & Junior Company Members - Apprentices when appropriate). In early Spring, an RDA Adjudicator visits each member company to watch a company class and new works that are to be evaluated and potentially selected for the Festival performance. Festival is hosted each Spring by a different member company. San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet hosted Festival in
San Antonio in 1999 and 2010.
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