Greetings from Metropolitan School of the Arts!

Welcome to an arts education like no other.

Founded in 2001, Metropolitan School of the Arts is a uniquely innovative arts education establishment located just south of Washington DC, on a mission to launch students who change the world, by reaching their fullest potential as artists, innovators and global citizens.

We achieve excellence in arts and academic education through a unique approach to teaching and learning.  Our methodology encourages a nurturing, supportive and inspiring culture where students earn the confidence to propel themselves toward reaching their highest potential. We are a place of fearlessness.  A place where students are free to take risks, take chances and learn from their experiences doing so.

We believe that there are no mistakes.  Only creations.

We believe that arts education is an entry point to life long innovation.

We believe that the arts are an integral part of human existence; all human beings are wildly creative!

We strive to be a world-class center for cultivating excellence in the arts by making arts accessible to everyone and by educating our community on the great significance of art as an essential source of insight into identity and human life.

We strive to be a place where people love to learn, perform and experience the joy of the arts, not as buzzwords, but as real, everyday opportunity. We envision a future where the arts inspire our community to make positive change in our world.

Discover a new, fulfilling path. Begin your arts education with us.

The Academy: The only one of its kind in the Washington DC region– A cutting edge secondary school for young artists in grades 7-12 that provides conservatory style arts training in dance, music and theater alongside a fully accredited, college preparatory academic curriculum.

Dance & Theater Classes: A nationally recognized, training program offering classes and all genres of dance, music theater and acting for ages 2-18.

Music Lessons: Music lessons for students of all ages in voice, piano, guitar, bass, drums, violin and cello taught by industry professionals.

Adult Classes: An extensive mind-body fitness program for adult students

Summer Program: Two week summer intensives (Music Theater Workshop, Commercial Dance & Ballet), MSA Day Camps, mini camps for our youngest students, and classes for students of all ages at all stages of training

Pre-Professional Division and Resident Dance Companies: Three pre-professional youth dance companies, Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz company that further our mission by working at a professional standard to create and perform works that inspire and motivate excellence.

Homeschool Enrichment Program & Theaterworks:  A new program tailored to the unique needs of the homeschool community.  During daytime hours, students participate in a 3 hour comprehensive training program in dance, theater and music.

Come check us out! You are welcome to visit anytime.

Our school is located in the Kingstowne neighborhood, just south of Old Town Alexandria and is equipped with 7 state of the art dance studios, 5 music studios and an exclusive Academic wing.  Our studios are furnished with professionally engineered sprung floors and include state of the art sound equipment.

Get started now.

You are on your way to an exciting exploration through the arts. As always, please reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.  We look forward to sharing this incredible experience with you.


Melissa Dobbs