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Metro School of the Arts' Elite Dance Workshop includes Creative Director for Janet Jackson’s Tour

Metro School of the Arts' Elite Dance Workshop includes Creative Director for Janet Jackson’s Tour

An elite team of international dance instructors are set to teach dance students at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) an intense workshop of hip, hop, contemporary, jazz and tap dance, including Stephani Kammer who’s noted for her work in Janet Jackson’s Rock Witch U world tour and the Michael Jackson tribute on the MTV Video Music Awards. Classes are from July 27 to Aug. 7 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $950 and a junior class from Aug. 3 to 7 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org or call 703.339.0444.

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Music Theatre Workshop to Kick Off at Metropolitan School of the Arts/Broadway Instructors

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is bringing together an all-star instructor ensemble from around the U.S. to provide a Music Theatre Workshop tailored to provide real-world experience by teaching students the integration of drama, voice, movement and choreographed dance from July 13 to July 24 for ages 8 years-old to 18 years-old for $900 and a junior class from July 20 to 24 for ages 6 years to 7 years old for $500. Both classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSA Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LEARNINGRx’s SUMMER STUDY TIPS; AVOID THE ACADEMIC ‘SUMMER SLIDE’

LearningRx brain training centers in the Washington, D.C. area are helping parents avoid the academic “summer slide” by providing summer brain training tips. During the summer, kids can lose an average 2 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and 25 percent of their reading skills. LearningRx suggests cognitive exercises and games that can build brain ‘muscle’ and be fun too. For a free booklet of games, or for more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

“In many ways, the brain is like a muscle and the old adage “use it or lose it” certainly holds true,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va.   “Mental exercise can keep the brain strong, just as physical exercise can keep the body strong,” said Loftus.

These exercises keep the brain energized while building cognitive skills, the underlying mental abilities needed to learn.

LEARNINGRx HOSTS 21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

LEARNINGRx HOSTS  21st ANNUAL TYSONS REGIONAL CHAMBER  STARS EVENT; Awards 35 Local Students

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va. hosted the 21st Annual Tysons Reginoal Chamber of Commerce Stars event which honored 35 students from 18 local schools for their positive achievements and significant improvements. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Loftus serves as the chair of the youth and education committee for the Tyson’s Chamber of Commerce, and along with Dr. Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, awarded each student their certificate.

“Each of the students here chose to work hard to overcome their own obstacles, rather than quitting,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. “It’s their perseverance and hard work that will empower these students to be shining stars for years to come,” said Loftus.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS BALLET to PERFORM LA FILLE MAL GARDÈE; Sat. Apr. 25

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS BALLET to PERFORM LA FILLE MAL GARDÈE; Sat. Apr. 25

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ (MSA), pre-professional ballet company of Lorton, Va. will perform the comedic, family-friendly spring ballet, La Fille Mal Gardée at two shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Sat., Apr. 25 at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $7 for ages 9 and younger and $10 for ages 10 and older. For tickets, go to www.metropolitanarts.org/tickets.

MSA’s La Fille Mal Gardée is full of surprises with chickens and roosters, and spirited clog dances.  The Widow Simone is determined to marry her daughter Lise to Alain, a rich vintner’s son. But Lise is in love with Colas, a lowly farm hand, while Alain only has eyes for his own red umbrella.

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler of Arlington, Va. Wins Third Place in LearningRx National Presidents Day Contest

Gavin Ohler, 10, of Arlington, Va. was awarded third place in LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest, by reciting the U.S. Presidents in order while playing Hannon on the piano. The U.S. President recitation is a memory-enhancement exercise that helps LearningRx students increase their short-term and long-term memory. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition.