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Metropolitan School of the Arts Student Joins Houston Ballet Academy

Metropolitan School of the Arts Student Joins Houston Ballet Academy

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Academy of Alexandria Va. congratulates its student Elpida Voryas, 16, of Alexandria, Va. on her acceptance to the pre-professional Houston Ballet Academy program this fall. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Voryas has been taking jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance for 12 years, but became more committed to ballet at age 8, when she started MSA’s conservatory Royal Academy of Dance.  After graduating from that program with distinction, she was invited to train with the prestigious Royal Ballet School Summer program in London in 2017, where she was among 125 female and male dancers who were picked from 2,700 applicants from around the world.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. welcomes eight new faculty members to its tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet departments, from various parts of the United States and beyond, including Roger C. Jeffrey, a NYC native and The Juilliard School graduate, specializing in ballet, Quynn Johnson, a Howard University graduate and student of tap and West African dance, and Guiliano Antonio, a Brazilian tap artist, who has taught at several tap festivals in Argentina, Brazil and the United States. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information on their staff.

Maaza 29 to Raise Funds for Local PWC Schools Lunch Debt

Maaza 29 to Raise Funds for Local PWC Schools Lunch Debt

Maaza 29 of Gainesville, Va. is joining forces with Help PWC (Prince William County) Kids Pay for Lunch program, by donating $1 for every dinner entrée served between July 1 and Aug. 31, 2017. The European-Ethiopian fusion bistro bar was inspired to support the program after learning of the desperate need to help Prince William County families avoid being turned over to collections for school lunch debt. For information about Maaza 29, go to www.maaza29.com


“After I read the articles and learned that many PWC families who owe more than $50 in school lunch debt, would be turned over a collection agency, I immediately knew I wanted to be part of the solution,” said Emanuel Reta, owner of Maaza 29 of Gainesville, Va. “I encourage everyone to support Help PWC Kids Pay For Lunch, whether it’s going to the GoFundMe account, or stopping into Maaza 29, make a difference,” said Reta.

No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

‘Welcome to Cuba!’ is what you’ll hear from George and Linda Meyers, owners of Cook in Tuscany and Cook in Mexico at their latest culinary tour spot--Havana, Cuba . Cook in Cuba is now taking guests to Old Havana, exploring Cuban cuisine, history and culture. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its third culinary tour, Cook in Cuba in Havana, Cuba. For more information, go to www.cookincuba.kitchen.

Metropolitan School Of The Arts To Present Enchanted, The Musical

Metropolitan School Of The Arts To Present Enchanted, The Musical

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. will perform their spring production Enchanted, the Musical on Sat., June 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., June 25 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in 4915 E. Campus Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $20-$23. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for tickets.

The show will feature hundreds of MSA students in dance, music, and theater and bring to life the incredible adventures of fairytale Princess Giselle in modern day Manhattan. The shows do sell out, so we recommend purchasing your tickets early. Tickets are for assigned seats and include free parking in the neighboring garage. Please order carefully, as there are no refunds and no exchanges.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. recently revealed its newly constructed Black Box Theatre, perfect for intimate dance, music and theatre performances, seating 130. Costing $140,000 to build, MSA received an anonymous gift of $60,000 to help with the cost of the theatre. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

“We are the only Alexandria performing arts space to offer this type of theater for public use in Alexandria,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “Other performing arts groups can also take advantage of this space through rental options, as we encourage more performing arts opportunities in the greater Alexandria area,” said Dobbs.

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Metro School of the Arts’ Jacob Anderson on Nat'l Tour of Roald Dahl’s U.S. Tour of Matilda

Jacob Anderson, 11, a student at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va., is making his national tour debut in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda The Musical. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the blockbuster musical named TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year, is on tour in select U.S. cities, now through June 25, 2017.  Anderson of Fairfax Station, Va. plays the part of Nigel Hicks in the U.S. National Tour of Matilda the Musical. He’s been studying at MSA since 2014. For more information about the school, go to www.metropolitanarts.org, or view http://us.matildathemusical.com/tour/ for tickets.

“Being part of Matilda the Musical is a dream come true for me, said Jacob Anderson, Metropolitan School of the Arts’ student of Fairfax Station, Va.