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METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW
METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS STUDENTS DANCE in KENNEDY CENTER TAP SHOW

Roxanne King and Kyra Smith, both 15, of Alexandria, Va., were selected from more than 100 dancers to be part of the Kennedy Center’s highly-revered tap performance, JUBA! Masters of American Tap! at the Eisenhower Theater on Fri., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Both are students of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office or www.kennedy-center.org/tickets.

Sixteen teenagers representing six youth tap ensembles from across the United States will perform in the show. King and Smith represent the Washington, D.C. metro area as members of the Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), and as students of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center. They have been dancing with MYTE for five years and King is a founding member of MYTE. They also serve as dance captains for MYTE.  King and Smith will perform in two dances choreographed by Michelle Dorrance, "Machine" and "Waltz.”  Metropolitan Fine Arts tap instructor, Jason Janas, will also perform in the Kennedy Center show.

“We are so proud of Roxanne and Kyra and celebrate their selection to be part of this amazing tap show at the Kennedy Center,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Both students are driven and dedicated dancers,” said Dobbs.

Two years ago, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts invited the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and its founder and director Lane Alexander to curate a tap dance concert in the Eisenhower Theater. This is the first time in the 41-year history of the Kennedy Center that this uniquely American art form, tap dance, will be presented in one of the major theaters.  

Founder and executive director, Melissa Dobbs, was classically trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, George Mason University and the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she became a registered teacher. Noted for its world-class instructors, MFAC offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students.

ABOUT METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER (MFAC)
Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, VA is a multi-disciplinary performing arts organization in the Washington, DC area that has taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since its opening in 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MFAC offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. MFAC was featured in Dance Teacher magazine and Washington Families magazine. Many students go on to perform in prestigious arenas including Broadway, National Tours, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, The American Academy of Ballet, Universal Ballet Academy, The Kirov Ballet, The Hartt School, Marymount University (New York), Ford’s Theater and Mark Morris Dance Company. MFAC is also affiliated with its non-profit company, Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com, Facebook or Twitter.