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If hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, guitar, percussion and theatre are passions for your child, check out the many summer programs at Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. With studio classes in Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria and Lorton, Va., MFAC brings instructors from around the U.S, offering top-of-the-line instruction to their youngest students, from babies in Musikgarten programs to teens polishing their craft.  Summer classes start in July. Go to www.metrofinearts.com for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center is welcoming world-class instructors to their summer program, including:

Angela Carter, native of Toledo, Ohio and director for VIP Dance, LLC, travels throughout the country choreographing and teaching master classes. Carter has performed and choreographed for opening acts for Mary J. Blige and was featured in 7 Days Underground and Elemental Sound. Carter can be seen in music videos for Brittany Murphy.

Jerome Alexander, of Los Angeles, has danced in music videos and live stage shows for Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Ok Go!, Beyonce, Lil’ John, Sean Paul, Russian recording-artist “Grace,” and Macy’s Passport Fashion Shows for Brian Friedman, Kevin Maher and Andre Fuentes. He has also appeared on several episodes of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He has taught and choreographed in Italy, Poland, Tokyo, Germany, Puerto Rico, Prague and throughout the United States.

Michael Crawford of Takoma Park, Md. began dancing with the Maryland Youth Ballet and at the Kirov Academy with Vladmir Djoulahatze. Crawford danced with the Washington Ballet and has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis and American Repertory Ballet. He’s worked alongside productions such as "Guys and Dolls," "West Side Story," "Show Boat," "The Nightingale," and other Disney-themed musicals. Crawford is also an award-winning teacher and choreographer.  He has been teaching throughout the world for 10 years.

Ginger Cox’s multifaceted-career as a teacher, choreographer and dancer has taken her all over the world. She is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Pace University in New York City and has taught for the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary Jazz Program, the Alvin Ailey Arts/Education Program, the University of the Arts and the PULSE Teacher’s Workshops. Cox has taught master classes in Luxembourg, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and Japan. She’s performed on Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon and danced at Radio City Music Hall with Lou Bega. She is the artistic director of LiNK! the movement dance company.

Christie Sirota has been teaching and creating choreography since the age of 14. Training throughout the country and along some of Los Angeles’  prestigious choreographers, Sirota attends numerous conventions and workshops, as well as teaches master classes. Her choreography has been seen in regional productions of Footloose and West Side Story as well as concerts and productions around the country.

Maud Arnold has been teaching and performing in Brazil, Tokyo, Barcelona, Russia and all across the United States. Arnold has quickly become a sought after teacher, judge and performer. She has worked as a stand-in and body double for Beyoncé for several commercials and music videos. Mentored and trained by Debbie Allen, Maud has also taught at Allen’s dance academy in Los Angeles and her dance institute in Texas. She has shared the stage with Debbie Allen, Jason Samuels Smith, Jared Grimes and Chloe Arnold. She is the co-director and producer of the internationally recognized DC Tap Festival with her sister Chloe Arnold. They have been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives as arts preservers and ambassadors.

“We are honored to bring in some of the most prestigious dance, theatre, music instructors in the industry to teach our students,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va. “Whether your child is looking to learn a new skill or is passionate about refining their love of dance or music, MFAC’s holistic teaching approach combines empowerment with skill and technique,” said Dobbs.

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. is a multi-disciplinary performing arts organization in the Washington, D.C. area that has taught dance, music and theater to more than 10,000 students since its opening in 2001. Noted for its world-class instructors, MFAC offers high quality performing arts training in a ground breaking, holistic learning environment that cultivates creativity, builds community and empowers students. MFAC was featured in Dance Teacher magazine and Washington Families magazine. Many students 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. MFAC is also affiliated with its non-profit company, Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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