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REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

Whether you’re into tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop or theatre, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) studios’ fall curriculum provides a variety of classes for all ages, with classes beginning on Mon., Sept. 8. Renowned for its holistic teaching approach, positive reinforcement style and world-class instructors, the studios offer beginner and advanced instruction at their Alexandria and Lorton, Va. locations. Registration is available online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Classes include: ballet, Pointe, hip-hop, jazz, Irish dance, contemporary, combination classes of tap/ballet or jazz/tap; musical theater, acting, as well as piano and guitar lessons.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

If hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, guitar, percussion and theatre are passions for your child, check out the many summer programs at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. MSA brings instructors from around the U.S, offering top-of-the-line instruction and camps to their youngest students, to teens polishing their craft.  Registration is open now for summer classes starting in July. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

DR. CHERYL WILHOYTE, NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL of METRO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

DR. CHERYL WILHOYTE, NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL of METRO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Cheryl Wilhoyte, Ph.D. of Falls Church, Va. is now heading up the Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton, Va.  As the head of school, she’ll be tasked to develop, guide and plan academic and school programming for the D.C. area’s first private, secondary performing arts/academic school, that serves 7th through 12th graders. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Earning her doctorate, master’s and bachelor degrees from the University of Maryland, Dr. Wilhoyte specializes in empowering schools, coaching, turnaround principalships, and leadership planning at the district, state and national levels. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, Johns Hopkins University in Annapolis, Md., Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Ashby Ponds Helps Area Children in Need this Thanksgiving

Ashby Ponds Helps Area Children in Need this Thanksgiving

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Wednesday, November 20, almost 100 residents and staff at Ashby Ponds retirement community participated in a turkey shoot putting challenge and a turkey trot to help area children in need.  The community raised and donated $1200 to Backpack Buddies, a program that provides weekend food to local children.  The program, supported through Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, serves over 280 children weekly at nearby elementary and middle schools. 

Residents at Ashby Ponds Make Returning to School Easier for Parents, Students Alike

Residents at Ashby Ponds Make Returning to School Easier for Parents, Students Alike

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Monday, August 19, the Ashby Ponds Retired Educators Committee made the day brighter for 22 employees at the Ashburn retirement community.  At Ashby Ponds, residents who are retired educators and school employees formed a group at the community to help support education initiatives.  Most of the residents in the group are former Fairfax County Public School teachers, secretaries, and librarians, but many worked in schools in other area counties, as well.  For the fourth consecutive year, the group worked together to help make going back to school easier for the children of hourly employees at the community.  This year, residents bought and donated school supplies for 38 children in kindergarten through high school and distributed the supplies at the community on Monday, August 19.

Loudoun County Students Receive Scholarships from Ashby Ponds Retirement Community

Loudoun County Students Receive Scholarships from Ashby Ponds Retirement Community

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Saturday, July 13, seven recent high school graduates from Loudoun County were honored with scholarships toward higher education from Ashby Ponds retirement community.  The recipients, who work for the community’s dining services department, will receive up to $4000 (or up to $500 per semester) in scholarships paid directly to the college or trade school of the student’s choice. Funds for the scholarship program have been donated by residents and staff at the community.

At Ashby Ponds, there are nearly 100 high school and college students from Loudoun County and Fairfax County who work for the community’s dining services department.  The students work in a variety of capacities including as servers, restaurant assistants, utility workers, and service coaches.  The students may be eligible for scholarships from the community by satisfying a number of requirements, including: