Sun., Apr. 6, Metro School of the Arts Benefit Concert Hosted by FOX 5's Annie Yu

Lorton, Va.-based Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a non-profit performing arts academy, is hosting their annual Spring Benefit Concert on Sun., Apr. 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The George Washington Masonic National Memorial at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va. Annie Yu, WTTG-FOX 5’s morning anchor, will host the concert that includes performances by Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, MSA’s Impulse Jazz Company, MSA Academy vocalists and live music by local musicians, like Voices of Liberty. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per couple with proceeds benefitting MSA’s Alexandria studio’s Black Box Theater Project. A reception will immediately follow at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.


The MSA Benefit Concert ends at 5:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the George Washington Masonic Temple from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Concert tickets include entrance to the reception.


MSA Spring Concert Gala host, Annie Yu, has been with WTTG-FOX 5 News for 10 years, as a reporter, producer and anchor. Her love of the performing arts began as a young child, and she continued her passion of ballet and jazz at the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (now, Metropolitan School of the Arts.)  Yu co-anchors WTTG’s “Fox 5 News Weekend” morning show on Sunday, and does live reports for WTTG’s weekday morning show, “Fox 5 News Morning” covering the world of style, fashion and home design in a new morning show franchise called “Style File.” Her aim has always been to help others with her work—especially “to be a voice for the voiceless.”  That desire gave rise to Yu’s long-running morning show franchise, finding permanent homes for lost and abused animals. Go to Twitter @annieyufox5.


MSA’s proposed Black Box Theater will be designed specifically for dance company performances with seating between 200 and 250.


“MSA’s annual benefit concert is an exciting time of year for us, when we pull together our great talents to showcase to the public, but it’s also a time to help raise awareness about our mission to expand and grow our performing arts education in the D.C. area,” said Melissa Dobbs, president and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton, Va. “We’re honored to have Annie Yu of FOX 5 News be part of our program this year,” 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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