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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.

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Shocking Research that Shows Exercise is Medicine

Shocking Research that Shows Exercise is Medicine

Everyone wants to feel healthy, but they may not always know the best way to go about achieving and maintaining good health. Increasingly, researchers are pointing to the fact that exercise is medicine, and yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only around 22% of adults in the country meet their physical activity guidelines. Yet the research is piling up that supports the idea that exercise is medicine, and people have a lot of great reasons to make exercising a higher priority in their life.

What it Takes to Go from War-Torn Iran to Successful Entrepreneur in America

What it Takes to Go from War-Torn Iran to Successful Entrepreneur in America

Successful serial entrepreneur is shining example of an immigrant living the American Dream

Those who know business statistics know how difficult it can be to have a thriving business in America. While many businesses open each year, just as many close up, and the five-year survival rate for a new business is only around 50%, according to the Small Business Administration. Add to that being an immigrant from a war-torn country in the Middle East, and it may seem like “successful American entrepreneur” is a far-fetched dream. Yet there are business success stories that inspire and motivate others, such as Alex Dastmalchi’s story. As a successful California-based serial entrepreneur today, he began from humble roots in war-torn Iran.

Why More People are Seeking Tangible Investments

Why More People are Seeking Tangible Investments

Most people realize that they need to invest some of their money so that they have something saved for the future and to pass down to the next generation. Yet with so many investment options available, it can be a daunting task trying to determine where to put your money. Today, many people are turning to tangible investments and for good reasons. The more people learn about the benefits of having a portion of their investment dollars in tangible assets, the more it makes sense to take advantage of the option.

“There is no shortage of ways that you can invest your money, but not all of them will put your investment in the power of your own hands,” explains Sean Cohen, president of Van Zwam, the developer of Defined Value Diamonds (DVDs). “We help people every day to invest in tangible assets and we hear the stories of how they love the option and how it brings them comfort.”

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Tips for Success this National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Tips for Success this National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. Held on the last Wednesday each September, the day serves as important reminder for women everywhere and of all ages to make their health and fitness a priority. Not only are they often setting the example for children on how to live a healthy life, but it is common for them to put taking care of everyone else ahead of their own needs. Now is the time that every woman should make health and fitness priority number one.

EOD Warriors Hold 2017 EOD Undefeated Long Distance Bicycle Ride to Benefit Bomb Disposal Techs

EOD Warriors Hold 2017 EOD Undefeated Long Distance Bicycle Ride to Benefit Bomb Disposal Techs

Cycling enthusiasts can choose a ride to raise money for the mission of helping EOD Warriors

On Saturday October 7, 2017 the annual EOD Undefeated Bike Ride will kick off at locations around the country, benefitting the EOD Warrior Foundation. The annual fundraiser will offer various ride distances, some spanning two days and over 150 miles, giving cyclists various rides to choose from, while supporting a great cause. Ride participants include wounded EOD warriors, active duty military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, veterans and civilians.  All funds raised from the event go to support the EOD Warrior Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support.

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean Welcomes New School Administrators

BASIS Independent McLean (BIM) started its second year with a new administrative team, including BIM’s Associate Head of School, Ron Kim, formerly of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Director of Student Affairs for Upper School, and Tiffany Conroy, coming from St. Anne’s School in Annapolis, Md. The private school has more than doubled its enrollment since its inaugural year in 2016. Go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com for more information or call 703.854.1253.