The Academy

MSA’s exclusive secondary school for performing artists in grades 6-12

Youth Dance & Theater Classes

MSA’s studio division offers dance, acting & music theater classes for students of all ages

Music Lessons

Youth and adult lessons in piano, voice, guitar, cello, violin, drums & more

Adult Dance & Fitness Classes

MSA’s extensive adult program offering dance, yoga & MetroBarre

Summer Programs

An expansive summer arts program for novice through pre-professional students

MetroClub After School Program

MSA’s brand new after school program for students grades K-6

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Located in the suburbs of Washington, DC, Metropolitan School of the Arts offers arts education for both youth and adults. MSA is home to one college prep arts academy, two studio locations—Alexandria and Lorton, Virginia—teaching dance, theater, music and mind body classes, three pre-professional companies and a robust summer arts program. Want more information on a particular program or class? Click here to request information and ignite your spark!

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Join us for the culmination of MSA’s 2014 FLY summer intensive! Students age 8-18 will perform a program jam-packed with excitement in the genres of Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap, created by master choreographers Ava Bernstine, Brandy Blaha, Angie Carter, José de la Cuesta, Jason Holley, Jennifer Locke, Christie Sirota, and Stephanie York. The performance will take place place on Friday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. This show is an annual favorite in the MSA community and it is free and open to the public (general admission – no tickets required). Come cheer on the students as they let loose and leave it all on the stage!

The Metropolitan Youth Ballet and iMpulse Youth Jazz Dance Company invite advanced dancers (MSA Ballet Level 6+ and Jazz/Contemporary Level 4+) to take drop-in classes with them over the summer! Join MYB for ballet and pointe on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Alexandria (cost: $5 for nonmembers). iMpulse’s jazz class meets Wednesdays from 7:15-9:15 p.m. in Alexandria (cost: $5 for nonmembers). Additionally, iMpulse senior Courtney Lapenta is teaching Advanced Contemporary on Thursdays at Alexandria from 8:00-9:30 p.m (cost: $5 all students). An Advanced Ballet class (Level 6+) will also be offered on the following Thursdays at Alexandria from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for $20 (all students): July 24 (Silvia Burstein), July 31 (Jackie Doherty), August 7 (Lesley Shearer) and August 28 (Lesley Shearer). These classes are great opportunities to sharpen your skills this summer!

Our partner organization, Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre, presents a fun and fabulous version of the musical Legally Blonde August 15-24 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Based on the 2001 novel by Amanda Brown and the hit film, it follows the story of Elle Woods, as she goes on a mission to find love (and herself) at Harvard Law School. After discovering how the law can be used to help others, Elle finds herself using her new found skills to defend a workout-queen caught in a murder trial! Join us for an evening of high-energy song, dance, and music. Click here for tickets!

MSA’s Shape Up For Summer package is officially on sale in-person at both MSA locations! This promotion offers unlimited adult dance and fitness classes from July 7 – August 29 for only $115. Additionally, the first 100 people to purchase the package will get a free MSA t-shirt! Shape Up For Summer gives you access to all 50 classes per week in our summer Adult Dance & Fitness program, including our special Adult Intro to Ballet course! Extended babysitting services will be offered weekday mornings at both locations, Monday-Thursday evenings at Alexandria and Monday & Thursday evenings at Lorton (see schedule for details). Purchase your Shape Up For Summer package at either studio for a fit and fun summer!

iMpulse welcomes guest teacher Aurelia Michael for company class this week! Class will be held Wednesday, July 23 at Alexandria and feature a warmup with Sara Hart from 7:15-8:00 p.m. and hip hop class with Aurelia from 8:00-9:30 p.m. (open to the public and MSA Jazz Level 4+). This fantastic opportunity is only $5 for non-iMpulse members! Aurelia will also have some Get Out Of The Mirror merchandise available for purchase.

Aurelia Michael was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where she began her dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She continued studying dance throughout college at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she founded the UMD dance company Dynamic. She was a member of Culture Shock Dance Troupe DC for four years, performing nationwide and internationally, including as a cast member of the world-renowned Cirque Du Soleil.

Aurelia is a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center Internship program, as well as the Motivating Excellence Mentoring Program under the direction of Rhapsody James. Since her return to New York, Aurelia has performed for Xbox 360, Mattel, Michael Jackson Album Release, a Regional Production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, and has worked with and judged the girls of Abby Lee’s Dance Studio from the hit TV Show “Dance Moms.” She has also completed her first international tour in Ireland with the show “Every Little Step.”

Aurelia has had blessed opportunities to teach all around the country, as well as internationally. She has also assisted choreographers in Mexico and Peru, as well as assisting with several artists including Alicia Keys and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Occasionally Cake is celebrating its five-year anniversary on Sunday, July 20 and handing out one free cupcake per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary at their Old Town Alexandria (207 King Street) and Mount Vernon (8859 Richmond Highway) locations from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Additionally, Occasionally Cake will donate 50 percent of all their sales that day to Metropolitan School of the Arts scholarships. For more information, call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

The free cupcakes will be available in Chocolate Marshmallow, Red Velvet, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti and Strawberry Key Lime flavors with additional flavors available for purchase. Occasionally Cake will offer an anniversary special of four cupcakes for $8. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a local business AND score a sweet treat for a good cause!

MSA is overjoyed to co-sponsor a very special workshop with our partner organization, One Voice, led by Robbie Schaefer. The Yoga of Songwriting workshop for teens age 13-18 will take place at our Lorton studios from 10:00 a. m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. Sign up today for this incredible opportunity!

Yoga is an ancient Sanskrit word whose meaning is to “yoke” or “join together”. The Yoga of Songwriting workshop therefore focuses on the union of mind, body, and soul in service of one’s creativity. Using mindfulness practices as well as songwriting techniques, participants will work to gently point inward, rediscover, and trust their authentic voice. Songwriting will be our tool; however, this workshop is as much about opening up to the place through which the song itself is born as it is about songwriting as a process.

Participants will:
- Be introduced to mindfulness practices and centering techniques
- Explore the nature of creativity and engage in self-inquiry
- Explore rhyming techniques and lyrical and musical tone
- Learn to express authentically through songwriting
- Write and workshop a new original song
- Be provided with writing journals and utensils

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A NEW CLASSIC FOR A NEW GENERATION!
Primarily based off the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose takes place in a small town that has outlawed loud music and dancing in the year 2014.
“There is a time to laugh, a time to weep, a time to mourn, and there is a time to dance. This is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life. It’s the way it was in the beginning. It’s the way it’s always been. It’s the way it should be now…”

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Get the inside scoop and join us in an in-depth discovery into some of the most pressing topics in the world of the performing arts. Learn the tricks of the trade as you work closely with some of the areas most highly regarded professionals and discover secrets to become more successful in your craft. Bring a friend and join us in one or all of these exciting and inspiring workshops.

Instructor: Melissa Dobbs
Eligibilty: 8 yrs and up (must be in Ballet 2+ or Jazz 2+)
Cost: MSA Students – Free; Non-MSA Students – $30

Come and join MYB in their exciting new adventure as they premier the first spring ballet, Coppelia.  Coppelia is the story of a girl, Swanhilda, who appears to magically bring the beautiful doll, Coppelia,  to life. Come and meet Swanhilda and her friends.  Find out what mysteries and wonders are waiting behind Dr Coppelius’ door and wait to see if Swanhilda and her sweetheart Franz can finally say  “I do”.
Performances :
Saturday, May 17th 11am and 1pm
Masonic Temple – Alexandria VA

Join us for our 2nd annual Spring Benefit Gala, hosted by WTTG-FOX 5’s anchor, ANNIE YU

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a non-profit, independent performing arts school, is hosting their annual Spring Benefit Concert on Sun., Apr. 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The George Washington Masonic National Memorial at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va. Annie Yu, WTTG-FOX 5’s morning anchor, will host the concert that includes performances by Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, MSA’s Impulse Jazz Company, MSA Academy vocalists and live music by local musicians. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per couple with proceeds benefitting MSA’s Next Stage Building Campaign as part of Metropolitan School of the Arts’ campus expansion in Alexandria and Lorton, Va. A reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres (included with tickets) immediately follows at 5:30 p.m. For tickets click here!

MSA Spring Concert Gala host, Annie Yu, has been with WTTG-FOX 5 News for 10 years, as a reporter, producer and anchor. Her love of the performing arts began as a young child, when she donned her first pair of ballet shoes at Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (now, Metropolitan School of the Arts.)  Yu co-anchors WTTG’s “Fox 5 News Weekend” morning show on Sunday, and does live reports for WTTG’s weekday morning show, “Fox 5 News Morning” covering the world of style, fashion and home design in a new morning show franchise called “Style File.” Her aim has always been to help others with her work—especially “to be a voice for the voiceless.”  That desire gave rise to Yu’s long-running morning show franchise, finding permanent homes for lost and abused animals.

“MSA’s annual benefit concert is an exciting time of year for us, when we pull together our great talents to showcase to the public, but it’s also a time to help raise awareness about our mission to expand and grow our performing arts education in the D.C. area,” said Melissa Dobbs, president and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton, Va. “We’re honored to have Annie Yu of FOX 5 News be part of our program this year,” said Dobbs.

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Dance Invitational Summer Intensives Auditions

Audition for MSA Dance Invitational. Experience an intense week of individualized dance training and private coaching with some of the nation’s most highly sought after dance educators. This contemporary, ballet and jazz-based training program offers students a personalized in-depth understanding of their dance work from a professional, intelligent and ground breaking perspective as they pursue dance as a career.

Learn cutting-edge techniques to improve flexibility, extension, strength and performance quality. Delve into the arena of applying a mind/body connection to your work, understand the importance of safe dance practice and learn to approach your craft with a kinesthetic appreciation. Work on specialized choreography excerpts designed to encourage a bold transformation in your dance performance. Uncover the secrets of the professional life of a dancer as you work alongside some of the most prominent educators in our field.

LOCATION: Metropolitan School of the Arts, Alexandria
HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
DATES: July 7-11
AVAILABILITY: Advanced students, ages 12+
AUDITION: Sunday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., MSA Alexandria, Registration required.
Please contact us at 703.339.0444 to register or to schedule alternate audition arrangements, if necessary

Training the Stars of Tomorrow through the Broadway Masters of Today

April 27TH, 2014

Workshop Venue: 5775 Barclay Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22315

  • Work with our sought after Broadway Master Faculty
  • Our most popular “Master Class Series” Musical Theater “Triple Threat” Workshop
  • Beginners and All Skill Levels Encouraged and Welcomed
  • Sharpen your Triple Threat Skills with Broadway Master Performers, Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, and Vocal Coaches
  • One amazing day of awesome and intense “Triple Threat” training
  • Date: April 27th, 2014
  • Time: 10am – 6pm
  • Ages: 10 – Graduating HS Seniors
  • For the serious and soon to be…TRIPLE THREAT!

Our Broadway Masters have Stared on Broadway in such shows as:

Book of Mormon -Wicked -Porgy and Bess -Cinderella -Billy Eliot -Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark -Legally Blond -The Lion King -Mama Mia ­Annie -Mary Poppins -A Chorus Line -Tarzan -South Pacific -Elf -Aida -Les Miserables -Newsies -Chicago -Cats -Fosse -Ragtime -Hairspray ­White Christmas -The Producers -The Rockettes -The Little Mermaid -Big Fish -Kinky Boots -Bullets Over Broadway -Aladdin -… and the list goes on!

Visit our Website to Register Today!
Registration Closes: Monday, March 24th, 2014
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For even more information please e-mail:
broadwayvamcs@sbcglobal.net

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Join MSA Fitness Program Director Melanie Latrash for a 4 week session of “Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga for Men Only!” Ever want to try a Yoga class but don’t know where to start? Come learn how yoga can improve your flexibility and balance, increase your overall strength and decrease your stress. Take one class for $15.00 or join us for all four sessions for just $40.00! Sign up online or at the studio. This makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for the overworked, stressed-out man in your life! Ages 16+. Yoga for Men will be held on the following Sundays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at MSA Alexandria:

February 9 – February 16 – February 23 – March 2

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DT classes will be cancelled on Saturday, April 5 due to RAD exams being held in Alexandria today.

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Join us for 2014 Spring Production Ensemble auditions! This year we will be performing an original version of Footloose on June 28-29 at the Schlesinger Center in Alexandria. Auditions are open to students enrolled in at least one class at MSA and who meet the requirements in the audition flyer. Please click on the documents below for audition details. Audition applications are due by January 8th – don’t forget your head shot!

AUDITION SCHEDULE

Friday, January 10th
7:30-9:30 p.m.: Dance and Character Ensemble auditions for young men ages 13+
Saturday, January 11th
3:00-4:30 p.m. Dance and Character Audition for DT Jazz & Tap A/B (Dance Levels 1-2)
4:00-6:00 p.m. Dance and Character Audition for DT Jazz & Tap C/D (Dance Levels 3-4/Teens)
5:30-8:00 p.m. Dance and Character Audition for DT Jazz & Tap E/F (Dance Levels 5-6)
8:00-10:00 p.m. Callbacks
Sunday, January 12th
1:00-5:00 p.m. Additional Callbacks

AUDITION DETAILS AND FORMS

Footloose Audition Flyer

Footloose Cast Breakdown

Footloose Audition Application (don’t forget your head shot!)

SHEET MUSIC

Footloose

Go The Distance – updated Jan 9

Holding Out for a Hero

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I’m Free

Lamest Place in the World

Let’s Hear it for the Boy

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Join us for a special gratitude-themed edition of Yoga with Fitness Department Chair Melanie Latrash! Advance online registration recommended – no childcare provided. All other youth & adult classes are cancelled Thursday Nov 28 – Sunday Dec 1 due to the holiday.

Join us for a special holiday edition of MetroBarre with Fitness Department Chair Melanie Latrash! Advance online registration recommended – no childcare provided. All other youth & adult classes are cancelled Thursday Nov 28 – Sunday Dec 1 due to the holiday.

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Explore a school like no other.

The Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts offers a uniquely
innovative, blended academics and performing arts college preparatory
program. The first private school of its kind in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area, Academy students enjoy a:

 

+ Comprehensive, accredited curriculum for grades 7-11

+ Faculty of educational experts and artists committed to partnering
with young scholars and artists in their journey of self-discovery

+ Mindful practices to achieve high levels of success long into the future

+ Convenient Northern VA location at the Workhouse Arts Center, just
30 minutes south of the nation’s capital in Lorton (School transportation
will be available in some areas for the 2014-15 school year)

 

Call today to RSVP (703) 339.0444
or e-mail us at admissions@metropolitanarts.org.

 

We look forward to meeting you!

Ring in 2014 at the MSA New Year’s Eve Gala

A lively family New Year’s Eve celebration awaits you at the Waterford at Springfield on Tuesday, December 31 from 8:00pm to 12:30am.  The cabaret-themed evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a holiday buffet, cabaret singers, an open bar, live music, dancing, and a champagne toast with party hats and noisemakers to ring in 2014.  Attire is semi-formal.  

The Waterford is located at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield VA 22150.

This festive evening is open to families.  Children and teens must have a parent present to attend.

Tickets

$120 for ages 21+
$79 for youth ages 13-20
$49 for children ages 6-12
 Ages 5 and under are free.

Guests may also choose to support at a higher level as a patron or sponsor a table.  Patrons and sponsors automatically become part of Friends of MSA and are recognized in the MSA organizational materials throughout the coming year.

Patron Levels

$270  Opening Night Patron
$160  Encore Patron

Table Sponsor

$1,500  Includes eight guests with $500 recognized as a tax-deductible contribution

Gala Sponsor Opportunities

Standing Ovation                                                                                      $5,000

  • Complimentary Gala table with seating for 10 and company signage
  • Recognition in opening and closing Gala remarks
  • A $3,500 scholarship for a 2014-15 MSA Academy student presented in the company’s name *
  • Company name and logo to appear on the in-studio video feed at the Lorton and Alexandria studios
  • Annual donor recognition with name and logo to appear on the MSA web site,  organizational print materials, and event program and signage

Thunderclap                                                                                                $2,000

  • Four (4) complimentary Gala tickets
  • A $1,500 scholarship for a 2014-15 MSA Academy student presented in the company’s name *
  • Company name and logo to appear on the in-studio video feed at the Lorton and Alexandria studios
  • Annual donor recognition with name and logo to appear on the MSA web site,  organizational print materials, and event program and signage

Center Stage                                                                                               $   500

  • Annual donor recognition with name to appear on the MSA web site, organizational print materials, and event program and signage

Table Sponsor                                                                                             $1,500

  • Gala table with your company name sign and seating for you and nine guests
  • Company name to appear in the event program and on the event signage

 

Scholarship Underwriter

This is your opportunity to offer a deserving young artist the chance to attend a unique educational experience and to receive the highest quality academics and arts instruction.  You are welcome to direct how your generous gift will be applied to either the general scholarship fund or in your family’s name, as a remembrance of a loved one, or as an honor to someone special. *

 

* Merit and need-based scholarship recipients are selected at the discretion of the MSA Academy Scholarship review panel.

 

The Nutcracker audition workshop will be held on Wednesday, 28th August at Lorton Workhouse will be from  5.30 – 8.00pm.

 

Requirements: Rsing Level 5+

This is an opportunity for dancers to learn audition material  and in no way affects any casting if you are unable to attend. Please bring pointe shoes.

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Tech Week: Blocking and Dress Rehearsals. More details coming soon.

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Last day of youth classes, private lessons, MetroClub and MetroRide

This is for current students only to register for the 2014-2015 school year.

Performance for all first steps classes. More details coming soon.

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All classes and private lessons will not be held. MetroClub is closed and no MetroRide services.

 

 

The Spring Music Recital will be held on Sunday May 18th at the Harris Theatre on George Mason University Campus. Parking in the Mason Pond Garage will be OPEN AND FREE on Sunday. Please take advantage of this parking as both the Patriot Center and the Concert Hall are hosting events at the same time.

The Music Theater/Private Lesson recitals have been structured into three separate performances. All instrumental students will perform at 11:00 a.m. The voice students will either perform at 2:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Your voice teacher will confirm which show you are performing in.

Summer registration deadline for discount.

All classes and private lessons will not be held during spring break.

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iMpulse travels to New York to take classes at Broadway Dance Center and see Broadway shows.

All classes and private lessons will resume as normal.

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Last day to register for classes (2013-2014)

R.A.D. Exam fees due to the studio. More details coming soon.

Due to school holiday, MetroClub and MetroRide will be closed.

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Studio will be open, all classes and private lessons will resume as normal.

Master Class Weekend is here! Turn in your Registration Form ASAP to secure your spot.

SCHEDULE

MC Schedule

Ballet: Intermediate (Level 3-5), Advanced (Level 6+)
All Others: Intermediate (Level 2-3), Advanced (Level 4+)

FEES

1 class – $50            4 classes  – $155     7 classes – $215

2 classes – $90        5 classes – $180      8 classes – $225

3 classes – $125      6 classes – $200

INSTRUCTORS

MALCOLM BURN (Artistic Associate and Ballet Master for Richmond Ballet Company) is a native New Zealander in his 26th year on the artistic staff of Richmond Ballet. During his 25-year dancing career he performed leading roles in the standard classic repertory as well as numerous creations of contemporary ballet. Prior to his coming to Richmond Ballet as a principal dancer, Mr. Burn was Co-Director of Ballet Arizona. He has performed with the London Festival Ballet, and was a principal dancer with The Royal New Zealand Ballet, The National Ballet of Zimbabwe, Ballet West, and P.A.C.T. Ballet in South Africa, where he won the Ivan Soloman Award for Best Male Dancer in 1973, 1976, and 1980. Mr. Burn’s choreographic works for Richmond Ballet include Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, A Tribute, Classical Symphony, Faces, Walpurgis Nacht, Pas Glazunov, and Complete Trust

MCrawfordMICHAEL CRAWFORD was born and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. He began his dancing with the Maryland Youth Ballet and at the Kirov Academy with Vladmir Djoulahatze, spending summers at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. After leaving PNB, he has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and American Repertory Ballet. He has also the privilege of guesting with The Washington national Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, and TranscenDance Group. During the course of his career, he has worked with choreographed Michael Smuin, Trey Mcintyre, Kent Stowell and Joseo Mateo amongst many others. Michael is also an award winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching internationally for 10 years and choreographing for 5. He has coached many prize winning students for competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix.

Jose_Dela_CuestaJOSE de la CUESTA is a well known director/choreographer living in NY.  Credits include: “A Chorus Line”, “Sugar Babies”, “West Side Story”, and “42nd Street”.  His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall twice and he wrote and directory an original production called “A Funky Fairytale” for Trumps Casino in Atlantic City to critical acclaim and was held over twice.  He received the prestigious Carbonnell Awad for best choreographer for The Broward Stage Door Production of “42nd Street”.  As a performer Jose has worked in all areas of performing and has toured extensively in the United States and Internationally.  He has also worked with such stars as Chita Rivera, Barbara Eden, Brooke Shields, and Lonnie Anderson among others.  He is also a renowned teacher and has worjed at several studios and universities nationwide and is currently on the staff of Broadway Dance Center and was a professor of dance at Farleigh Dickinson University.  He was the resident director/choreographer for Hersheypark for many years and wrote many of their shows.  His work there won several awards for Best Themepark Shows in the country and internationally.  He most recently direct a hit production of “South Pacific” and is starting a production of “Titanic” as well as an original nightclub show he created, “All That Jazz” based on the music of Kander and Ebb.

STAR DIXON, an original principal dancer of world renowned tap company MADD Rhythms, is starting to make a name for herself as a solo dancer. She has taught at such festivals as The L.A. Tap Fest, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Detroit Motorcity Tap Fest, & MADD Rhythms own Chicago Tap Fest. She’s been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine twice (Artist on the rise & Speed Demon), The Chicago Reader,  & independent film “The Rise & Fall of Miss Thang” starring Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. She’s been a guest artist with Jason Samuels Smith’s company ACGI performing at the COCA St Louis festival & in a 20′s themed variety show directed by R. Kelly. Star is currently on staff at the MADD Rhythms Tap Academy and After School Matters. You can find her videos on YouTube under dance13star.

AMANDA LEHMAN originally from Mobile, AL received her training from The Mobile Ballet under artistic direction of Winthrop Corey. Amanda has been living and professionally working in New York City for over a decade. Her favorite performance credits include: THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, WALT DISNEY’S FINDING NEMO THE MUSICAL, FOOTLOOSE (directed/choreographed by Emmy award winner, AC Ciulla.), and The Tony Award winning Broadway musical, 42ND STREET. She performed abroad with the Irish Dance show, SPIRIT OF THE DANCE and spent six months at sea as a featured performer for ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES. Her regional theatre credits include: A CHORUS LINE and MUSIC MAN. Amanda was a published columnist for Dancer Magazine and featured with Sheila Barker in Dance Teacher Magazine’s April 2006 issue. You can find Amanda on staff adjudicating & teaching for several dance conventions and competitions. She serves on faculty at American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Manhattan and New Canaan Dance Academy in Connecticut. In addition to choreographing several industrials, Amanda set an award winning tap solo on Miss Connecticut for the Miss America pageant and is a staging specialist for Nike’s STEP IT UP challenge. Amanda is a graduate of the elite Broadway Dance Center: Richard Ellner Scholarship. She is well known in Tokyo for NHK’s television documentary: “Broadway Dreams” and could be seen on CBS “America for the Arts” national commercial. Amanda is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Locke JenniferJENNIFER LOCKE, born and raised in Los Angeles, California has always had a passion for the performing arts! She started her real training at Debbie Allen Dance Academy, training in various styles and was featured in many of Ms. Allen’s original stage musical productions. After high school, Jennifer went on to attend the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in New York City, and then immediately began working as a professional dancer on Broadway, in live artist shows, on film and TV. Some of her credits include, West Side Story, In the Heights on Broadway, and she recently starred in Freeze Frame, a new original musical production by Debbie Allen. Jennifer has also worked with artists such as Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey, has been seen on the Today Show, Live with Michael and Kelly with and the duo Ylvis, and featured on various made for TV movies including ABC Family’s very first movie musical “Lovestruck.” She was also consistently featured on seasons 1 and 2 of NBC’s “Smash” and more recently on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” as a Onyx Showgirl dancer. Jennifer continues     making her own way through life as  a moving artist and hopes to be a source of inspiration to many!

Keven_QuillonKEVEN QUILLON is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Broadway credits include: A Christmas Story (MSG), Annie, Shrek: The Musical, and Grease. Workshops: Hee-Haw!: The Musical, An Officer and A Gentleman, Leap of Faith, Idaho: The Musical. First National Tours: Shrek: The Musical, Grease, Sweet Charity, Saturday Night Fever, We Will Rock You (Las Vegas), White Christmas (LA). Regional: Sacramento Music Circus (Grease, Crazy for You, Beauty and the Beast), Maltz Jupiter Theater (Joseph). Original Cast Recordings: Annie, Grease, Shrek: The Musical. TV appearances include: The Tony Awards, The Today Show, The Macy’s Day Parade, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, and The Rose Parade dancing back-up for Leann Rimes. Keven is a proud graduate of James Madison University and has a B.A. in English and Theater, as well as his teaching certification. He has taught masterclasses through Broadway Connection, Camp Broadway, Broadway Classroom, Broadway Dance Center, The Pulse NYC Convention (hosted by the creators of “So You Think You Can Dance”), and various high schools and universities across the country.

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Studio will be closed. MetroClub and MetroRide will be closed.

More details coming soon.

The Winter Music Recital will be held at George Mason University’s Harris Theater. Showtimes are 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please see your teacher for your assigned time! Flat-rate special event parking is available in the Mason Pond parking deck or free parking in Lot K.

Join us for our Winter Dance Concert! Performance times are 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free but we ask that you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Cole’s Closet. Parents of performers should see the front desk or the cast website for additional details on their child’s performance time, attire, etc.

The joyous fun of Frosty Follies meets a delectable family brunch in historic Old Town Alexandria! Join all of your favorite holiday characters for a scrumptious feast at the Hotel Monaco, an exhilarating performance of the Broadway-style holiday revue Santa’s Frosty Follies, pictures with Santa, and festive surprises galore! Seats will be pre-assigned for this event in tables of 10 according to reservation time and party size. Parties who purchase separate tickets and wish to be seated together must contact Colleen at the Alexandria studio to make arrangements, subject to availability

The joyous fun of Frosty Follies meets a delectable family brunch in historic Old Town Alexandria! Join all of your favorite holiday characters for a scrumptious feast at the Hotel Monaco, an exhilarating performance of the Broadway-style holiday revue Santa’s Frosty Follies, pictures with Santa, and festive surprises galore! Seats will be pre-assigned for this event in tables of 10 according to reservation time and party size. Parties who purchase separate tickets and wish to be seated together must contact Colleen at the Alexandria studio to make arrangements, subject to availability.

In the interest of everyone’s safety and comfort, the Frosty Follies performances at Kingstowne on 12/14 have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

Frosty Follies will add a magic touch to the already festive surroundings of beautiful National Harbor during the holidays!

Come and see our show on Saturday December 7 at 7 p.m.!  Make reservations to enjoy a great pre-show or post-show dinner at one of the great National Harbor restaurants!

Come see Frosty Follies entertain visitors from across the world at the Nation’s most famous Christmas tree!

On Sunday December 22, the cast of Frosty Follies will delight our Nation’s capital with the performance of Frosty Follies on the Ellipse.  Join us for this FREE performance!

Frosty Follies will perform at Metropolitan School of the Arts location in Lorton, Virginia at the Workhouse Arts Campus for the Black Friday Event on Friday November 29! Come join us in the festivities. No tickets required.

Frosty Follies will perform at the Reston Town Center Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

Come join us in the festivities. No tickets required. More details coming soon.

Studio will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. MetroClub is closed and no MetroRide services.

Don’t miss this post- performance celebration where you will be feted by the ballet dancers and fed from the Land of Sweets. You will enjoy live music, photos with the characters, and autographs from our Virginia stars. Don your ballet best to extend the Nutcracker magic! This is a seated event. Tables seat 8 and will be pre-assigned according to time of reservation and party size. Parties wishing to be seated together should contact Colleen at the Alexandria studio to make arrangements, subject to availability.

Have a ball at our pre-performance benefit gala celebrating with fellow patrons of the arts. All proceeds will go toward MSA’s Next Stage Building Campaign to develop world-class performance and educational facilities at our Alexandria and Lorton campuses. Join us for fine hors d’oeuvres and libations, live music and elegant holiday cheer at this singularly sophisticated gathering. Cocktail attire and ages 21+ suggested. Purchase a special Nutty Night Out package and save on a reception and performance ticket!

Revel in the wonder of Metropolitan School of the Arts’s favorite holiday tradition! Join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. Dazzling dancing, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make The Nutcracker a true gift of imagination. Buy your plum seats to enjoy the Sugar Plum Fairy! One dollar of every ticket will go towards MSA’s Next Stage Building campaign.

Revel in the wonder of Metropolitan School of the Arts’s favorite holiday tradition! Join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. Dazzling dancing, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make The Nutcracker a true gift of imagination. Buy your plum seats to enjoy the Sugar Plum Fairy! One dollar of every ticket will go towards MSA’s Next Stage Building campaign.

Revel in the wonder of Metropolitan School of the Arts’s favorite holiday tradition! Join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. Dazzling dancing, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make The Nutcracker a true gift of imagination. Buy your plum seats to enjoy the Sugar Plum Fairy! One dollar of every ticket will go towards MSA’s Next Stage Building campaign.

Revel in the wonder of Metropolitan School of the Arts’s favorite holiday tradition! Join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. Dazzling dancing, a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score make The Nutcracker a true gift of imagination. Buy your plum seats to enjoy the Sugar Plum Fairy! One dollar of every ticket will go towards MSA’s Next Stage Building campaign.

Our youngest theater-goers will delight in this abridged version of The Nutcracker! Our 30-minute adaptation brings to life Clara’s sweet dream and includes a pre-performance buffet of breakfast treats and a meet and greet with our dancers. This is a seated event. Tables seat 8 and will be pre-assigned according to time of reservation and party size. Parties wishing to be seated together should contact Colleen at the Alexandria studio to make arrangements, subject to availability.

 

Studios will close at 5pm. MetroClub is open till 6pm.

Studio is OPEN!

MetroClub Day Camp is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional registration is required

MetroClub Day Camp is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional registration is required

MetroClub Day Camp is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional registration is required

MetroClub Day Camp is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional registration is required

Bring a friend to class week! Bring friends to class to sit and watch, or participate.

All friends must fill out a information sheet before coming to class.

*Audition will be Held With Nutcracker Auditions*

 

General Information

  •            All dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and hair in a bun.
  •            Please bring character shoes for Rising 3 and up.
  •            Dancers should arrive early enough to warm-up

Eligibility

  •            Student registered for Rising Ballet Level 2 , Rising Ballet Level 3, Rising Ballet Level 4 and Rising Ballet Level 5 classes
  •            Students currently enrolled in a ballet class at MSA

Application & Fees

  •            Please return application to the front desk by Friday August 30, 2013
  •            Audition Fee: $15 (fee is waived if already auditioning for Nutcracker)
  •            Performances will be held on November 23 at 11am at the ErnstCulturalCenter (additional Performances might be scheduled)
  •            Participation fee of $75 (fee is waived if already participating in Nutcracker) $25/costume fee due on first rehearsal

Nutshell Audition Flyer 2013

Nutshell Audition Application 2013

More information coming soon.

All classes and private lessons will begin at both locations.

Application & Fees

  •      Please return application to the front desk by Friday August 30, 2013
  •      Audition Fee: $15 before August 30/$20 after August 30 (payable by cash or check)
  •      Cast members must be available the following dates: November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21
  •      The 2013 Frosty Follies cast will travel to Disney World December 22-23 to perform.
  •      Participation Fee: $185 due on the first day of rehearsal
  •      Disney trip requires additional fees.  Fundraising opportunities will be available.

 

General Information

  •     All dancers should wear a black leotard, skin colored tights, and jazz shoes.
  •     Advanced dancers bring character shoes.
  •     Dancers should arrive early enough to warm-up.

Eligibility

  •            Must be 7 years or older to audition for main Ensemble
  •            Must have completed at least one full year of jazz to audition for main Ensemble
  •            Must be currently enrolled in ballet and jazz at MSA to audition for main Ensemble
  •            Must be 6 years old and have completed one full year of a class at MSA to audition for an Andrew Sister
  •            All dancers should wear a black leotard; skin colored tights, jazz shoes and hair in a ponytail or bun.
  •            Advanced dancers should bring heels.
  •            Must be VERY enthusiastic and joyous.

Santa’s Frosty Follies Audition Flyer 2013

Santa’s Frosty Follies Audition Application 2013

Application & Fees

  •    Please return application to the front desk by Friday August 30, 2013
  •     Audition Fee: $15 before August 30/$20 after August 30 (payable by cash or check)
  •     Performances will be held on November 23-24
  •     Participation fee of $150, $25/costume fee due on first rehearsal

General Information

  •     All dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and hair in a bun.
  •     Please bring character shoes.
  •     Dancers should arrive early enough to warm-up.
  •     Boys auditioning for ballet roles should attend the appropriate ballet audition level. No acting boys are required this year.

Eligibility

  •     Student ages 6 and up who have completed at least one full year of ballet
  •     Students currently enrolled in a ballet class at MSA

Nutcracker Audition Application 2013
Nutcracker Audition Flyer 2013

Join the Metropolitan family for a first look at our new home in the Kingstowne area. Fun activities will include a tap jam, hip-hop showcase, and karaoke competition.

The DT program consists of weekly classes for serious students focused on improving their dance training in an intense, focused learning environment. DT students meet each Saturday and have the opportunity to participate in additional workshops, seminars and master classes outside of their weekly technique classes.

Please audition with the lowest class level you are registered in for the 2013-2014 school year.  Some students may be called back and asked to audition with the subsequent level/group.

Eligibility

  •     Students must be 8 years of age or older
  •     DT Jazz students must be currently enrolled in, and attending a ballet and jazz class at MSA
  •     DT Tap students must be currently enrolled in, and attending a Tap class at MSA
  •     Students must have completed one full year of Jazz or Tap at MSA or previous studio
  •     All dancers should wear a black leotard; skin colored tights, jazz shoes and hair in a ponytail or bun.
  •     Advanced dancers should bring heels.
  •     Audition Fee: $15 before August 30/$20 after August 30 (payable by cash or check)
  •     Audition Application Due: August 30, 2013

DT Audition Application 2013
DT Audition Flyer 2013

The mission of the Metropolitan Youth Ballet is to provide a pre-professional company environment for dedicated and talented ballet students in order for them to grow and experience the demands of working in a professional setting. We aim to broaden their knowledge of the traditional classical repertoire, modern-day neoclassical works, and new pieces specially commissioned for the company. MYB dancers will have the opportunity to achieve their highest technical and artistic potential, work alongside prominent guest artists and choreographers, and bring high-quality ballet performance to Northern Virginia audiences.

Eligibility: Level 5+
Attire: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes
Fee: $15
MYB Audition Application 2013

 

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