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Concert Raises $8,000

The Metropolitan School of the Arts raised $8,000 at its second Annual Benefit Concert to go toward construction of their Black Box Theatre project in Alexandria. MSA is working toward a fundraising goal of $100,000 to complete the theatre project. Visit www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble and iMpulse Jazz Ensemble performed at the concert at the George Washington National Memorial in Alexandria, hosted by FOX 5’s anchor, Annie Yu.

The 200-seat Black Box Theater will be a part of the Metropolitan School of the Arts studios in Alexandria. When completed, the state-of-the-art black box theater will be designed specifically for dance company performances. It will be one of the few performance spaces in Northern Virginia available to stage and perform dance work in an intimate and appropriate setting.

Founder and president, Melissa Dobbs, was classically trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., George Mason University and the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she became a registered teacher.