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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS: FIRST D.C.-AREA SECONDARY PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR ACADEMICS and PERFORMING ARTS
METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS: FIRST D.C.-AREA SECONDARY PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR ACADEMICS and PERFORMING ARTS

 

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria, Va. is growing in big ways, from dance studio to the first, D.C.-area, private performing arts high school. MFAC currently offers performing arts studio classes in Alexandria, Old Town Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va., but MFAC is set to move their Fairfax Station location to leased space at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. on July 1, 2013 and will commence their all-day high school classes at their newly created, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) on the 55-acre Lorton Arts Foundation campus in September, 2013. The Lorton Arts Foundation, Workhouse Arts Center and Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) agreed on a collaboration proposal to incorporate MFAC service on the campus, and recently received approval from Fairfax County to move forward on Phase 1 of the proposal. Go to www.metroschoolofthearts.org for more information on school admissions.

“After many hours of negotiations and discussions with Lorton Arts Foundation, Metro Fine Arts is thrilled to be able to realize our dream of offering the first private, performing arts high school in the D.C. area,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria, Va. “This move was a mutually beneficial agreement for our organization  and Lorton Arts Foundation, both sharing a passion for the performing arts and understand the importance of having artistic programs in our community,” said Dobbs.

As of July 1, 2013, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center’s Fairfax Station, Va. studio location will close, and summer studio classes will begin at the Lorton Arts Foundation, Workhouse Arts Center. The Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), an all-day high school program, will start classes in September, 2013, offering a full academic and performing arts curriculum.  MSA is currently accepting enrollment applications and already accepted seven students into the program with plans to reach a first-year goal of 20 select students.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Lorton, Va. will become the umbrella organization of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) and Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance (MPAA) by Sept. 2013. Metropolitan Fine Arts Center will continue to offer studio classes in Alexandria, Lorton and Old Town Alexandria, Va. for children and adults. Also in Sept. 2013, they will offer after-school programs at Alexandria and Lorton, Va. that provide transportation from students’ school to the dance studio. MPAA continues to be committed to ensemble performances for the community, including: Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble (MYTE), iMpulse Youth Jazz Dance Company and Metropolitan Youth Ballet, as well as Frosty Follies and Spring Productions.

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 SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MSA)
Lorton, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is the first Washington, D.C. area, private, secondary school of the arts program, founded in 2013 by Melissa Dobbs, executive director and founder of the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) and Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, VA,  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, FOX 5 Morning News, WUSA9, 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. MSA is the parent organization of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center and Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com, Facebook or Twitter.