Welcome to Metropolitan School of the Arts!

MSA is a non-profit performing arts organization offering classes, experiences, and performances in dance, music, and theater for students of all ages for extracurricular, pre-professional, and daytime training opportunities.

  • Daytime Private School, Homeschool and Gap Year Programs: Metropolitan School of the Arts offers an Academy program – a college preparatory performing arts conservatory for young artists grades 7-12 who are dedicated to high caliber academics and pre-professional performing arts education. Other daytime training opportunities include a part-time homeschool program for ages 7-18, a gap year training program for recent high school graduates and summer intensives for grades 8 through gap year.

  • After School Youth Program: Metropolitan School of the Arts offers a recreational and pre-professional arts non-competitive training program offering classes and lessons in dance, theatre and music for students of all ages after school. Students may study multiple genres of dance including: ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, and more in a supportive and creative environment focused on high quality training and numerous performance opportunities. Theater opportunities include acting, improv, musical theatre, and coaching workshops. Music students can study: drums, guitar, piano, violin, voice, and more with highly qualified instructors.

  • Adult Dance and Fitness Program: Metropolitan School of the Arts offers a hybrid of in-person and virtual adult and fitness options for all levels taught by highly qualified, certified fitness instructors. Adult dance and fitness classes include: MetroBarre, yoga, pilates, body sculpting, ballet, tap, and more.

  • Pre-Professional Companies: Metropolitan School of the Arts provides an opportunity for focused, dedicated, and advanced students to grow and experience the demands of working in a professional setting. The company experience is offered in addition to a student’s weekly training schedule and provides the opportunity to achieve their highest technical and artistic potential. The companies further MSA’s mission by working at a professional standard to create and perform works that inspire and motivate excellence. Company placement is by audition only. MSA’s resident companies include: Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, iMpulse Jazz Company, MetroImprov and Metropolitan Musical Theatre Company,

MSA serves people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, providing opportunities for creative expression, education and audience awareness in all of these art forms.

Originally founded in 2000 as Metropolitan Fine Arts Center by Melissa Dobbs, MSA transitioned to non-profit status in 2013. MSA now serves more than 600 students and produces over 75 performances each year. MSA is located in Alexandria, Va. and is equipped with 8 state of the art dance studios, 5 music studios, an academic wing and a black box theater.

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 work towards their highest potential. Students are free to take risks, make changes and learn from their experiences while doing so. We strive to be a world-class center for cultivating excellence in the arts through professional training, top-notch faculty, and by educating our community on the significant impacts of the arts.

Metropolitan School of the Arts is a performing arts community on a mission to change the world by inspiring and supporting students, faculty and staff to reach their fullest potential as artists, innovators, and generous citizens.