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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.

MSA workshop instructors have taught all over the globe. JOSE DE LA CUESTA is a NYC-based director/choreographer whose credits include A Chorus Line, Sugar Babies, West Side Story, and 42nd Street, which earned him the prestigious Carbonnell Award for best choreographer; STEPHANI KAMMER began a nine-year working relationship with Janet Jackson, appearing with her in videos, European tours, and television performances, as well as served as an assistant creative director on Jackson’s Rock Witch U world tour and was field director for the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyonce. She also had the honor of performing in The Michael Jackson Tribute on the MTV Video Music Awards after his passing; CHRISTIE SIROTA has been seen in regional productions of Footloose and West Side Story, and works with live shows at Kennywood Amusement Park and concerts/productions around the country.  REBECCA MCLINDON BLANCHARD has taught master classes and set choreography at many high schools and universities across the country, and currently works with Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions and LEVELdance.

“For those dance students who want to take their skills to the next level, we’ve coordinated an international powerhouse of dance instructors who have taught and practiced their craft in many reputable venues,” said Melissa Dobbs, president of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton and Alexandria, Va. “We’re honored to bring this talent to our MSA community,” said Dobbs.

Lorton, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) is the first Washington, D.C. area, private, secondary performing arts school, founded in 2013 by Melissa Dobbs. The MSA performing arts studios in Alexandria and Lorton, Va. have 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, two performing arts studios, a youth tap ensemble, a youth ballet, a jazz company, community theatre program, as well as MetroClub and MetroRide, as part of their arts-focused, after-school program. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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