FLY: Industry Dance Summer Intensive

//FLY: Industry Dance Summer Intensive
FLY: Industry Dance Summer Intensive2018-12-17T12:35:51+00:00



Metropolitan School of the Arts’ exhilarating dance intensive will push you to reach your maximum potential. Challenge yourself to reach new heights in your dance technique and performance as you train with some of the nation’s most cutting edge dance teachers. FLY dancers spend an intense two weeks in contemporary, street jazz, hip-hop and tap master classes geared toward improving technical proficiency and building performance skills. We end the second week with a performance featuring student choreography and pieces learned during the intensive.


Metropolitan School of the Arts, Alexandria Studio
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
July 22-26 and July 22-August 2
Ages 9-18 who have completed Ballet, Jazz and Tap Level 2+
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See who joined us in 2018

CHRISTIE SIROTA, FLY 2017 Program Director, has been teaching and creating choreography since the age of 14. Training from east to west coast and along some of LA’s hottest choreographers, she holds a wide variety of styles that bring an exciting blend to the classroom. Christie travels nationally with numerous conventions and workshops, teaches master classes and choreography throughout the country, is a National Director for VIP Dance Competition and a Regional Trainer for thebodybar(re) fitness franchise. Her credits include Las Vegas Fashion Week, Latin icon JUAN LUIS GUERRA, Disney’s NLT, dance/pop group TAXI DOLL, workout sensation HIP HOP ABS and many others. Her choreography has been seen in regional productions of Footloose and West Side Story, Kennywood Amusement Park as well as concerts and productions around the country. Christie infuses her variety in style with her fun high energy to create an exciting mix sure to keep you wanting more!

NATHALIE BLANCO, MSA HIP HOP DIRECTOR, is a DMV native and inherited her love for dance from her father who stressed the importance of embracing her Latin culture through music and dance. She received her early years of dance training at Joni Reese’s Wheaton Studio of Dance in Maryland. She continued her studies in dance at the University of Maryland College Park and joined UMCP’s hip-hop team DYNAMIC. Finding her strength in this genre of dance, Nat later became a member of Culture Shock DC (CSDC) in 2005 and from 2007 to 2016 was Artistic Director for their youth troupe, Future Shock DC. Nat has gone on to direct troupes at both national and international showcases and competitions. In this upcoming 2016-2017 dance season, she will be the Dance director for DanceNMotion hip-hop program, teaching at Savage Dance Company, and Hip-Hop Department director for Metropolitan School of the Arts. Nat is also a proud member of DMV’s all female dance crew KickRocks, and co-founder of their youth crews, The Pebbles and Little Rocks. In addition to her dance career, Nat is a graduate of The University of Maryland R.H.S School of Business and proud employee of the US Army. She hopes to continue her passion for teaching and sharing the joy and opportunities dance has brought to her life with young dancers who will shape the future of dance.

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JOSE DE LA CUESTA, is a well-known director/choreographer living in New York City. Credits include “A Chorus Line”, “Sugar Babies”, “West Side Story”, and “42nd Street”.
His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, twice, and he wrote and directed an original production called “A Funky Fairytale” for Trump’s Casino in Atlantic City to critical acclaim and was held over twice. He received the prestigious Carbonell Award for Best Choreographer for “42nd Street”.
As a performer, Jose has worked in all areas of performing and has toured extensively in the United States and internationally.
He has also worked with such stars as stars as Chita Rivera, Barbara Eden, Brooke Shields, and Lonnie Anderson, among others.
He is also a renowned teacher and has worked at several studios and universities nationwide. He is currently on the staff of Broadway Dance Center, Anita’s Studio of Dance in NY, Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, VA., and One Broadway in Harrisburg, PA. He was also an adjunct professor of dance at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
He was the resident director/choreographer for Hersey Park for many years, as well as writing their shows. His work there won several awards for best theme park shows in the country and internationally.
He directed the hit production of “42nd Street” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, which was nominated for 13 Perry Awards, including Best Director and Best Choreography, as well as an original nightclub show he created, “All That Jazz”, based on the Music of Kander and Ebb.
He recently directed the sold out production of “Evita” for the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, starring former Broadway Phantom of the Opera, Gary Maurer as Peron.


Amanda Lehman, has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of NYC for over a decade. She received her training on the prestigious Richard Ellner Scholarship at Broadway Dance Center. Amanda is a featured dancer and choreographer for Transcendence Theatre Company’s Broadway Under the Stars in Sonoma, CA. Her work in California gained her a Broadway World award for Best Choreography. Most recently, Amanda choreographed and performed in a national Ford Car Commercial. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and was an original cast member for Disney’s Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World written by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner, Robert Lopez. Amanda performed in Footloose directed/choreographed by Emmy award winner, AC Ciulla. She has done several productions of Randy Skinner’s Tony Award winning Broadway musical 42ND STREET including the Moscow, Japan and US National touring companies. You could find Amanda performing with the cast of Rock of Ages at The Cutting Room’s Rock’N Roll Debauchery cabaret. Traveling to over 80 cities and 7 countries, Amanda performed abroad with the Irish Dance show Spirit of the Dance. At the start of her career Amanda spent a summer performing at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and six months at sea on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. As a former competitive dancer and title holder she is currently on staff adjudicating & teaching master classes for several national dance conventions and competitions in the US and Canada. Amanda currently serves on faculty at Oakland University and loves working with the next generation of young dancers in the Midwest at nationally acclaimed competitive studios. She has taught at the collegiate level at both American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (AMDA) conservatory and CAP21 in Manhattan. She was substitute faculty for Sheila Barker at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Amanda was a published columnist for Dancer Magazine and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine’s April 2006 issue. In addition to performing in many Broadway revue productions, some of Amanda’s favorite regional theatre credits include: A Chorus Line, West Side Story, and Music Man. She has choreographed for the Miss Connecticut pageant, America’s Junior Miss, and Nike’s Step it Up challenge. Amanda could also be seen in the CBS commercial America for the Arts and is well known in Tokyo for NHK’s television documentary Broadway Dreams: The Life of a Dancer. Amanda is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Chris Munar, started dancing in 2008 with a DMV-based crew called Ajnin Precizion. In 2009 he joined the collegiate competitive team from UMBC, Major Definition. Shortly after he started dancing with the crew, Tito BoyScouts, known for their comedy and urban stylized sets. In 2010, Chris has volunteered with the non-profit organization Baltimore Dance Crews Project. KCX artists is a division of the KODACHROME network was formed in 2011 and Chris was invited to be a part of the first installment as one of their dancers and choreographers. The same year, Chris auditioned and joined the professional hip-hop dance troupe, Culture Shock DC. In the year 2012, he signed with the Cruz Productions management company and also became sponsored by Fresh From Birth clothing line. In 2013 Chris became the assistant director of Mini Shock DC dance Troupe and a co-founder of an all-male dance crew from the DMV called UpperClassMen. In 2014 Chris started to work with Raw Element Dance Company as well as became a hip-hop instructor for Capitol Movement in DC. He has worked for many studios in the DMV area including C-Unit Studio, Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Dance Dimensions, Strictly Rhythm, Dancin’ Time Studio, 24/7 Dance Studio, Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, and Making Moves Dance Collective, Studio 180 and Gainesville Dance Center. His journeys has taken him to teach and perform at places such as DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Texas, Utah, California, and Canada. Throughout these many events, Chris has also been privileged to judge prestigious dance competitions such as Prelude Carolinas, Prelude DMV, and Prelude Championships held in Philadelphia. He was also awarded a one-city scholarship at the Monsters Dance Convention held in DC as well as won the ClubStylez freestyle battle in 2015. Chris hopes to share what he has learned from many great dancers, mentors, and friends. But above all, Chris prays to share God through his dancing.


Star Dixon, an original principal dancer of world renowned tap company MADD Rhythms, is starting to make a name for herself as a solo dancer.She has taught and performed at such festivals as The Los Angeles Tap Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Detroit Motor City Tap Festival, & MADD Rhythms’ own Chicago Tap Fest.

She made her debut teaching and performing overseas in Brazil at Floripa Tap 2014. She’s been

featured in Dance Spirit Magazine twice (Artist on the Rise & Speed Demon), The Chicago Reader and Independent Film “The Rise & Fall of Miss Thang,” starring Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards.

She’s been a guest artist with Jason Samuels Smith’s company ACGI performing at the COCA St Louis Festival & in a 20’s themed variety show directed by R. Kelly. Star is currently on staff at numerous dance studios around the city of Chicago. You can find her videos on YouTube under dance13star.

Alison Wakeford


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