Nutcracker Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Nutcracker Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Nutcracker is a fully staged ballet, presented annually during the holiday season by MSA. Nutcracker in a Nutshell is an abbreviated, young-audience friendly version of The Nutcracker that gives our younger dancers the chance to perform lead roles. MSA students who meet minimum requirements are permitted to audition for both productions.

Nutcracker Eligibility: Students enrolled at MSA ages 7 and up who are enrolled in a rising Ballet Levels Primary and above and have completed at least one full year of ballet.

Nutcracker In A Nutshell Eligibility: Students enrolled in MSA Rising Ballet Levels 2-5. Students must attend the Nutshell audition time to be considered.

All dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and their hair in a bun. Level 3+ bring character shoes and Level 5+ bring pointe shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirt, black tights/shorts and black ballet shoes. Dancers should arrive early enough to warm-up.

Nutcracker rehearsals may be held on Fridays from 8:00-10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Nutshell rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rehearsals will not conflict with other MSA commitments. Performers must be available for all rehearsals for their role(s), tech/dress rehearsals and performances.

Nutcracker Performances: December 1st and 2nd (Tech week will begin Nov 27).

Nutshell Performance: November 26 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Please submit your application below by Wednesday, August 23rd at noon. Submissions after that deadline will require completion of a paper form available at the front desk and will be assessed a $10 late fee in addition to the $15 audition fee. 

Nutcracker Fees:  A participation fee per student of $180 for Nutcracker, $75 for Nutshell, $225 for both and $30 per costume cleaning fee will be charged to your account on file on September 25.

Nutcracker & Nutshell Audition Schedule

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Nutshell Auditions

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Rising Ballet Levels 2 – 5

Nutcracker Auditions

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Rising Ballet Level Primary & 1

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 2 & 3 

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 4 & 5

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 6 & 7

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – ALL BOYS/ALL LEVELS

5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Rising Level 7 and 8 (Boys for partnering 5.30 – 6.15pm)

Please email if you have any questions.

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Audition Application

iMpulse Jazz Company Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
iMpulse Jazz Company Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

iMpulse’s mission is to provide an opportunity to focused, dedicated, and advanced youth jazz dancers to work with renowned teachers and choreographers and to perform various styles of dance that may not be offered or possible in a traditional dance educational environment. The company’s dynamic repertoire compliments, and is offered in addition to, their basic training. Professional expectations and experiences with the company ease members into the finest performing arts colleges, universities, conservatories, and ultimately a performing arts career.



Audition Date: Wednesday, August 30th

Audition Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eligibility: Students 13+ and enrolled in MSA Jazz Level 8+

Audition Application

Metropolitan Youth Ballet Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts
Aug 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Metropolitan Youth Ballet Auditions @ Metropolitan School of the Arts | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The mission of the Metropolitan Youth Ballet is to provide a pre-professional company environment for dedicated and talented ballet students 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 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: Students enrolled in MSA Ballet level 6+

Audition Date: Thursday, August 31st

Audition Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Audition Application

MSA Welcome Back Carnival!
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a carnival themed open house!  Meet our teachers, take a demo class, listen to live music, watch a performance!

Sunday September 3 from 1-4 p.m.!

Look forward to seeing you there!


Fall 2017 Classes Begin @ Metropolitan School of the Arts
Sep 5 all-day
Fall 2017 Classes Begin @ Metropolitan School of the Arts | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

We are pleased to welcome back all MSA families and students on their first day of Fall classes!

MetroiMprov Auditions
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
MetroiMprov Auditions @ Alexandria | Virginia | United States

MetroImprov Auditions

MetroiMprov provides an environment for dedicated students to explore both short and long-form improvisation at an advanced level. The ensemble trains together for 90 minutes each week, and performs a minimum of 3 times throughout the year: twice in their own evening showcases and once as a part of the Spring Acting Recital. Our rehearsals include warm-ups, studying improvisation theory, learning the formats to different improv performance games, critiquing work, and creating the “groupthink” and ensemble trust necessary to play at the highest level of improv. Guest instructors and coaches from DC’s professional improv scene are brought in occasionally throughout the year to give troupe members an outside lens to the improv world and their own development as a troupe.

Eligibility: Students age 12+, enrollment in Acting 3+ highly recommended

Audition Date: September 5th

Audition Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Audition Application

Santa’s Frosty Follies Auditions
Sep 9 @ 2:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Santa's Frosty Follies Auditions @ Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Join Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and friends for a 22-minute holiday extravaganza!  This Broadway style holiday review is a favorite for many and is a holiday tradition we are delighted to share with our community each year!


Main Ensemble: Ages 8+ and enrolled in MSA Jazz Level 2+ and an MSA ballet class
Andrew Sisters: Ages 6-7 who have completed one full year at MSA and are enrolled in Combination 2 or Jazz 1

Rehearsals:  Rehearsals will begin September 10th and run through November 24th. Rehearsals may be held on some Fridays from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Performances: Possible Performance dates include November 24-25; December 2-4; December 3; December 8-10; December 15-17; and December 22-24.

Fees: Frosty Follies Audition Fees are $15 before September 6 at noon and $25 after the deadline per student. If you are cast in the production, a participation fee of $200 per student will be charged to your account on file on September 25.

Audition Schedule:

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.                  Andrew Sisters (Ages 6 & 7)

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                  Jazz Levels 2 – 3

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.                  Jazz Levels 4 – 7

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.                  Jazz Levels 8 -10

Audition Application

Please email if you have any questions.

Music Theater Workshop Auditions
Sep 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Music Theater Workshop Auditions @ Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Music Theater Workshop Auditions

This workshop is for the serious student interested in pursuing music theater at the professional or university level. It is designed to give you the tools and practical knowledge to enter the professional music theater arena with confidence. Our program places a heavy emphasis on audition preparation to give you all the tools you need to nail your audition for the nation’s most selective universities or professional experiences.

Please come prepared with a 32 bar cut of anything you prefer. (Not required of students enrolled at the academy.)

Audition Date: September 11
Audition Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Audition Application

Conservatory Auditions
Sep 16 all-day
Conservatory Auditions @ Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Preregistration required. Check back later for more information!

Master Class Weekend
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm