METROPOLITAN FINE ARTS CENTER FEATURES NUTCRACKER; DONATES to MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION
Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. All tickets can be purchased online, with $1 of every ticket going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in memory of MFAC’s former dance student, Emma Jordan, who lost her battle with cancer. Nutcracker tickets can be purchased at www.metrofinearts.com.
The dance studio will also offer free Frosty Follies performances at:
Sat., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. - Reston Town Center, Reston Va.
Sat., Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. – Kingstowne Towne Center, Alexandria, Va.
Sun., Dec. 23 at 1 p.m., National Christmas Tree, Washington, D.C.
Other ways to help to donate and help the Make a Wish Foundation:
Nutcracker Charity Gala - $15 per ticket, with all proceeds to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 6 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1 at Ernst Cultural Center.
Additional Metropolitan Fine Arts Center holiday events:
Land of the Sweets Tea – Sun., Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., Ernst Cultural Center - meet and greet the dancers and enjoy dessert after the Nutcracker afternoon performance. Tickets are $20 each.
Breakfast with Santa - Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. - Hotel Monaco, Washington, D.C. (Tickets are $35 to $45 per person.)
Winter Concert to Benefit Cole’s Closet, - Sat., Dec. 22 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at West Springfield High School in Alexandria, Va. Free admission, but attendees are asked to bring one toy to donate to Cole’s Closet, a non-profit organization created in 2002 by Ellen and Steve Tomczyk after they lost their six-month old son to an undiagnosed disease. Their mission is to ease other families’ pain and help them cope with their children’s long hospitalizations. More than 16,000 new toys have been donated to area hospitals like: Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children (IFHC), Inova Fair Oaks, Virginia Hospital Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital , Inova Loudoun Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital Center and Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
“This is truly our favorite time of year, where we are able to showcase the student’s talents and give back to our community at this festive time,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Whether you attend our free Frosty Follies performances or attend our Nutcracker or Cole’s Closet shows, we invite you to help out those who are less fortunate,” said Dobbs.
Founder and executive director, Melissa Dobbs, was classically trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, George Mason University and the Royal Academy of Dance in London, where she became a registered teacher. 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.
Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, VA is a multi-disciplinary performing arts organization in the Washington, DC 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.