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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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A Nod To Our Nutcracker

December 5th, 2017|

The curtain has closed, the stage has been cleared, and all of the snow has been swept. As we close the book on our 2017 Nutcracker season, we cannot help but reflect back on what a whimsical year it has been! With 7 graduating seniors taking their final Nutcracker bows, [...]

Alumni Success on Collegiate and Professional Dance Teams

November 28th, 2017|

At MSA, nothing makes us more excited than to see our alumni student's achieving success in their desired fields! While we pride ourselves on providing some of the most prestigious performing arts training in the country, we understand that the performing arts may not be a professional avenue for everyone! [...]

Meet Our Clara: Ansley Seiffert

November 13th, 2017|

Hi! My name is Ansley Seiffert.   I am 15 years old and I'm a sophomore at the Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts. I'm so excited to share this wonderful, amazing, and magical show!   What is your favorite part about playing the role of Clara?  Clara in the [...]

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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