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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.

She was a ballet soloist with the MSA’s Youth Ballet company, having danced in the roles of Aurora in MSA's production of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" in May 2016; and Clara in MSA's production of the Nutcracker in December of 2016.  Voryas was encouraged by the Houston Ballet Academy to audition for its pre-professional/professional year-round program, and earned a slot to begin this month. She’s also attended the Pennsylvania Ballet summer program in Philadelphia and the Boston Ballet summer program.

The Houston Ballet Academy program can last up to three years. Voryas’ goal is to become a professional ballet dancer in a major company either in the U.S. or Europe.  She intends to audition again this winter for various European ballet companies' 2018 summer programs.

“Elpida is a great example of MSA’s mission, elevating artists to their highest performance level,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va. “We are so excited about her next steps and possibilities for a thriving performing arts career,” said Dobbs.

ABOUT HOUSTON BALLET ACADEMY: Houston Ballet Academy has provided the highest quality ballet training since its opening in 1955. Through various programs, the Academy trains over 1,000 students a year. It offers training designed to take students from their first introduction to movement through a full course of ballet study. The Academy’s outstanding faculty includes teachers who have performed with prestigious companies throughout the world.

ABOUT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MSA) Alexandria, Va.-based, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a 501 (c) 3 organization, 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, 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 Great Day Washington, ABC-7 Good Morning Washington, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Business Journal, Washington Post Weekend 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 academy, a performing arts studio, 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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