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Metropolitan School of the Arts Student Joins Houston Ballet Academy

Metropolitan School of the Arts Student Joins Houston Ballet Academy

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Academy of Alexandria Va. congratulates its student Elpida Voryas, 16, of Alexandria, Va. on her acceptance to the pre-professional Houston Ballet Academy program this fall. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

Voryas has been taking jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance for 12 years, but became more committed to ballet at age 8, when she started MSA’s conservatory Royal Academy of Dance.  After graduating from that program with distinction, she was invited to train with the prestigious Royal Ballet School Summer program in London in 2017, where she was among 125 female and male dancers who were picked from 2,700 applicants from around the world.

LearningRx Of Reston, Vienna, VA. Earns National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Of Reston, Vienna, VA. Earns National Customer Service Award

LearningRx Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va., brain training centers were presented with a top, 2017 Customer Service Award at the company’s national convention held in Colorado Springs, Colo. The award is given to centers that have shown a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. brain training centers averaged an overall score of 9.5 out of 10 for all clients that trained in the centers over the last year.To determine customer satisfaction, LearningRx uses a 10-point scale and asks clients (or their parents) the likelihood they would recommend LearningRx to a friend. The 10-point measurement of customer loyalty also works as a system to increase customer satisfaction.

“We love what we do…and we’re thrilled to be able to help others achieve their goals through brain training,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston, Va.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts Welcomes New Faculty Members

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. welcomes eight new faculty members to its tap, jazz, hip hop and ballet departments, from various parts of the United States and beyond, including Roger C. Jeffrey, a NYC native and The Juilliard School graduate, specializing in ballet, Quynn Johnson, a Howard University graduate and student of tap and West African dance, and Guiliano Antonio, a Brazilian tap artist, who has taught at several tap festivals in Argentina, Brazil and the United States. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information on their staff.

BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean 3rd Grader Places Second in  WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest

BASIS Independent McLean, third-grader, James Fishman won 2nd place in the 2017 WETA-TV Kids Writer’s Contest out of almost 400 entries for his illustrated story, Cats and Kitties, which is posted on www.weta.org. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

The WETA-TV Writer’s Contest was open to children in kindergarten through third grade who live in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Northern Virginia, with entries submitted by May 1, 2017.

A first, second and third place winner were announced at each grade level. First place winners will have their stories made into a hardcover book. Additionally, the area school that submitted the most entries received a free classroom library of books and a visit from a PBS Kids costume character.

No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

No. Virginia Couple Debuts COOK in CUBA; Havana Culinary Tour Now Available

‘Welcome to Cuba!’ is what you’ll hear from George and Linda Meyers, owners of Cook in Tuscany and Cook in Mexico at their latest culinary tour spot--Havana, Cuba . Cook in Cuba is now taking guests to Old Havana, exploring Cuban cuisine, history and culture. Cook in Tuscany, a Tuscan culinary tour, recently named one of the top 15 Foodie Destinations by USA Today, just launched its third culinary tour, Cook in Cuba in Havana, Cuba. For more information, go to www.cookincuba.kitchen.

Monza Voted Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine

Monza Voted Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine

Monza of Historic Manassas, Va. was named Best Bar and Best Outdoor Dining by Virginia Living Magazine’s 2017 Best of Virginia issue. Go to www.eatmonza.com for more information.

Virginia Living Magazine has an annual Best of Virginia issue.

“We’re thrilled to be selected by Virginia Living Magazine for Best Bar, our customers are exceptional and we love what we do,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Historic Manassas, Va.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts Opens New Black Box Theatre

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria Va. recently revealed its newly constructed Black Box Theatre, perfect for intimate dance, music and theatre performances, seating 130. Costing $140,000 to build, MSA received an anonymous gift of $60,000 to help with the cost of the theatre. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for more information.

“We are the only Alexandria performing arts space to offer this type of theater for public use in Alexandria,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “Other performing arts groups can also take advantage of this space through rental options, as we encourage more performing arts opportunities in the greater Alexandria area,” said Dobbs.