NEW CLASSES, NEW VENUE

SHOUT OUT

The Metropolitan Arts Collaborative is offering three Creative Ballet Classes and a Music Movement and Story Plays class in Ellicott City. To learn more about this program click below. 

The Metropolitan Arts Collaborative (MetroArtsCo) in collaboration with T.C. Williams High School is offering free ballet classes, for the third year, as part of the after-school activities program. In addition to offering free ballet classes to T.C. William High School students, the program is expanding to include boys and girls attending Francis C. Hammond, Minnie Howard, and George Washington Middle Schools.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM in the T.C. Williams Dance Studio beginning September 19th.  Students will be trained by Virginia B. Britton, Director, MetroArtsCo.


Buses will be available after school to take students from the middle schools to T.C. Williams High School.

In addition to learning ballet dance skills, students participating also gain increased concentration, balance, physical fitness, and self confidence, which transfers to other activities, such as sports, other dance forms, and artistic expression. Ms. Britton's teaching method emphasizes injury prevention.

For more information text Miss Britton at 703-568-4425. or email us.

T.C. WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOSEPH LEPAK INSPIRED BY COLLABORATIVE ARTS PROGRAM -  Zebra (Alexandria Edition) May 2018 issue

Billy Elliot On Stage at the Signature Theatre

METROARTSCO OFFERS FREE BALLET CLASSES FOR THE THIRD YEAR

Private Ballet Classes and Studio Classes

New Children's Classes Offered in Ellicott City

Suggested dancewear for the TC Williams afterschool ballet class is available here.

​​​The TC Williams class registration form is available here.

CLASSES IN METROARTSCO ALEXANDRIA STUDIO

Virginia Britton and Joseph Lepak in the TC Williams Dance Studio

Ballet Catches Eagle Scout’s Attention

Metropolitan Arts Collaborative Expands Dance Program at

TC Williams High School 

CONGRATULATIONS

Metroartsco would like to give a "shout out" to the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA, for including Billy Elliot in the 2018-2019 season. The Signature Theatre describes the play as following, "All 11-year- old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners' strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy's passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community - and changes his life in extraordinary ways."

Based on the acclaimed film, Billy Elliot, combining a dynamic score by Elton John and sensational dance swept the Tony, Drama Desk and Oliver awards for Best Musical in 2009.

Billy Elliot will be at the Signature Theatre October 30, 2018 - January 6, 2019.

Combine a tall, well-read, debate-loving, vintage military clothes-wearing Eagle Scout with a nonprofit arts program offering free ballet lessons after school, and you get a mutually motivating relationship between dance teacher, Virginia Britton and high school junior, Joseph Lepak.

When describing Joseph, you may reach for the term, “Renaissance Man.” He’s athletic, interested in history, has read War and Peace, and knows quite a bit about the Middle Ages. He even owns his own medieval chain mail, like the Knights at the Roundtable might have donned. He can often be seen wearing clothing from his vintage military wardrobe collection, and he plans to attend college after graduation from T.C. Williams High School next year. And now, he is a ballet student.


Virginia Britton is his teacher. Her resume includes academic accomplishments, extensive ballet training, experience as a professional dancer and choreographer, and a background in business and teaching. She founded the Alexandria Ballet school and company, and served as its director from 1991 until it closed in 2012, and she is one of the co-founders of The Metropolitan Arts Collaborative(MetroArtsCo). Britton thinks her experience with Joseph exemplifies the mission of MetroArtsCo, which is “building communities through the arts.” As she explains, he began with no exposure to ballet, and he did not mind that he was the only male student in the class. He also did not let the unfamiliar daunt him. He persisted, when other did not, until he became familiar with the unfamiliar, such as spinal alignment, stretching the back of his neck out of the “computer” position, and accepting the required structure and each rule of movement.

Describing Joseph, Britton expounds, “I think he is a surprising ballet student. You get attached to students and you start to dream for them. In addition to learning ballet skills, his participation in ballet … will help develop his debate skills, good posture, recognizing and releasing excess tension, breathing, phasing, focus, communication non-verbally through gesture or inference. Maybe he will become a history teacher…or a lawyer. Offering opportunities to students like Joseph, who would not otherwise have such an experience, makes all of my work with MetroArtsCo worthwhile.”

The Metro Arts Collaborative (MetroArtsCo) is a nonprofit that collaborates with communities in Alexandria, VA and the Washington Metropolitan region by bringing arts, including dance classes, private dance lessons, music classes and art classes, to low and middle income children, teenagers and senior citizens who would not otherwise have an opportunity to perform in dance classes or participate in arts activities, such as music or art. To learn more about MetroArtsCo programs and staff and to support the mission of MetroArtsCo, go to metroartsco.org.

Office/ Studio: The Metropolitan Arts Collaborative / 3421 Valley Drive / Alexandria, VA 22302

Private ballet classes and stretch classes are available in Virginia Britton's private studio. Private and semi-private ballet classes and stretch classes are tailored to your needs. Stretch classes are also offered to adults. Contact Virginia Britton by email at metroartsco@gmail.com or text at 703-568-4425. To learn more about this program click on the link.