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METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
METRO PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

 

Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance (MPAA) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will be hosting its first Annual Benefit Concert at the Ernst Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus on Sun., April 7 at 5 p.m. showcasing the dance companies of Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble. The benefit concert is campaigning to raise more than $100,000 for construction of the new Alliance Theatre, an extension of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.

The MPAA Annual Benefit Concert is sponsored by Mark Yoo Architects, Myra Oppel and Old House Vineyards. MPAA is the non-profit performance arm of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center and is the umbrella organization of the performing ensembles, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), iMpulse Jazz Company and Metropolitan Youth Ballet (MYB).  It offers operational, artistic and production support to the dance companies so promising young artists may achieve their fullest potential through high caliber performance opportunities.

“Our community has been so supportive of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center’s mission, and the next step is to create an intimate theatre that would showcase our students’ talent and performances,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “We are so grateful for the continued generosity of our donors who share our passion and commitment to the arts,” said Dobbs.

The 200-seat Alliance Theater will be a part of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center studios in Alexandria, VA. When completed, the convertible venue will house four dance studios, four music studios and a state-of-the-art black box theater, designed specifically for dance company performances. It will be one of the few performance spaces in Northern Virginia available to stage and perform dance work in an intimate and appropriate setting.

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 Old Town Alexandria, 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.

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