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one of a kind school for the performing arts!

We are a world class performing arts school in Alexandria, VA teaching dance, music and theater to students of all ages.

THE STUDIO offers after school and weekend classes for students of all ages and skill levels.
THE ACADEMY is our full-time, accredited performing arts secondary school for students in grades 7-12.
SUMMER PROGRAMS at Metropolitan School of the Arts offer full-time and part-time dance camps, theater camps and more.

LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES

We are on a mission to help every young artist we encounter reach their fullest potential in a nurturing, encouraging and loving environment.  That’s why we choose not to participate in the dance competition scene. Instead we train in a professional environment, prepare for exams with the Royal Academy of Dance and produce fully staged ‘real world’ performance opportunities for all of our students led by top notch directors, choreographers and musicians.

WORLD CLASS EDUCATION

While we have a ton of fun, we are serious about arts education! Our specialized curriculum is age appropriate, student centered and provides our students individual attention to maximize their fullest potential. Our faculty and staff are highly educated and have been trained at some of the most highly esteemed performing arts conservatories in the world!

PROVEN
METHODOLOGY

We have a passion for creating opportunities for young artists and have helped thousands of students over the past 18 years reach their fullest potential in and out of the performing arts studios. Learn more about some of our notable alumni here.

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OUR
PROGRAMS

Children's Dance Program
Children's Dance Program
Professional Dance Program
Professional Dance Program
Music Lessons
Music Lessons
Theater & Music Theater
Theater & Music Theater
The Academy
The Academy
Summer Camps!
Summer Camps!
Adult Classes
Adult Classes
Homeschool Program
Homeschool Program

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Dancer Physical Therapy and Wellness @ MSA!

August 15th, 2017|

As a lifelong dancer I have always had a passion for movement, health, and nutrition.  After becoming a physical therapist, I was satisfied with my work but also felt a burning desire to combine my love for dance with wellness.  I soon made the decision to leave California and move [...]

Celebrating Our Academy!

August 8th, 2017|

Parents, students, friends, Crayola colored pencils are lining the shelves at Staples and Target...  must mean we're gearing up for the new school year!  Fall is one of my favorite times of year.  More than the crisp weather, the cozy sweaters and the fall festivals, I love witnessing the bright, [...]

Our Music Theater Workshop brings Broadway to Northern Virginia!

July 18th, 2017|

The Music Theater Workshop at MSA offers students the opportunity to participate in an exciting, professional, and in-depth study of the world of musical theater. The focus of this workshop is to give promising performers a real life musical theater experience by teaching the integration of drama, voice, and movement [...]

THE ‘MSA WAY’

MSA is no ordinary performing arts school. We’ve developed a cutting edge methodology for arts education rooted in compassion, dedication and ultimately achievement. We call this the ‘MSA Way.”

  • Passion: MSA inspires passion for the performing arts in all of our students.
  • Deep Practice: We encourage our students to practice perfectly and to the best of their ability to achieve their maximum potential. 10,000 hours of practice + passion = excellence.
  • Integrity: We work hard even when no one is watching and choose to do the right thing even when it’s not the easy choice.
  • Community: We understand that we can not do it alone.  It takes a village.  We honor our village and are grateful for the support we receive.

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