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Metropolitan School of the Arts Features the Nutcracker
Metropolitan School of the Arts Features the Nutcracker

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Fri., Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus at 8333 Little River Turnpike. Ticket prices range from $26.50 to $30 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Audiences will join Clara and her Nutcracker in a magical journey from her Victorian home through the Land of Snow and into the Land of Sweets. The performance features a larger-than-life Christmas tree, more than 100 dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.

MSA also performs Nutcracker in a Nutshell, created for the younger audience members (ages 2 to 5), on Sun., Nov 27 at two seatings, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The performance will be an in-studio performance at Metropolitan School of the Arts at 5775 Barclay Road in Alexandria. Admission is free. The 25-minute performance showcases the Nutcracker in a shorter time frame for the younger crowds.

“MSA is always excited to kick off the holiday season with our annual Nutcracker that highlights the talents of our students and tells the story of the classic Christmas tale,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria Va.

Alexandria, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a 501 (c) 3 organization, is the first Washington, D.C. area, private, secondary performing arts school, founded in 2013 by Melissa Dobbs. The MSA performing arts studio and academy in Alexandria, Va. has taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MSA offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. The organization was featured in Dance Teacher magazine, FOX 5 Morning News, WUSA9, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Business Journal and Washington Families magazine. Many students from MSA studios 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 offers a performing arts school, performing arts studio programs, a youth tap ensemble, a youth ballet, a jazz company, community theatre program, as well as MetroClub, part of their arts-focused, after-school program. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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