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REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

REGISTER NOW: FALL CLASSES BEGIN SEPT. 8 AT METROPOLITAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDIOS

Whether you’re into tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop or theatre, Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) studios’ fall curriculum provides a variety of classes for all ages, with classes beginning on Mon., Sept. 8. Renowned for its holistic teaching approach, positive reinforcement style and world-class instructors, the studios offer beginner and advanced instruction at their Alexandria and Lorton, Va. locations. Registration is available online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Classes include: ballet, Pointe, hip-hop, jazz, Irish dance, contemporary, combination classes of tap/ballet or jazz/tap; musical theater, acting, as well as piano and guitar lessons.

HELP YOUTH LEADERSHIP PRINCE WILLIAM at MONZA: SEND KIDS TO CAMP CAMPAIGN

HELP YOUTH LEADERSHIP PRINCE WILLIAM at MONZA:  SEND KIDS TO CAMP CAMPAIGN

Monza of Old Town Manassas is hosting The Send Kids to Camp Campaign on Thurs., June 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Manassas, Va. to benefit Youth Leadership Prince William, a program geared toward teaching professional skills to emerging young leaders. Cover charge is $10 per person, and all proceeds go to Youth Leadership Prince William. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“We’re excited to host this campaign to help support kids’ education and leadership experience,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s in Old Town Manassas, Va.

ABOUT YOUTH LEADERSHIP PRINCE WILLIAM:

ANA DAVIS and TAREK ALY of MANASSAS UTILITY COMPLETE PHASE ONE of ELITE PUBLIC POWER MANAGER PROGRAM

ANA DAVIS and TAREK ALY of MANASSAS UTILITY COMPLETE PHASE ONE of ELITE PUBLIC POWER MANAGER PROGRAM

Ana Davis, City of Manassas Utilities customer services manager and Tarek Aly, City of Manassas deputy director of utilities, completed phase one of an elite, one-year, public power manager certification program offered by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The initial class was in Myrtle Beach, SC with completed leadership projects due within a year. Davis and Aly will be the only City utilities employees to receive the certification. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS STUDENTS to PERFORM in DEBBIE ALLEN’s BROTHERS of the KNIGHT in DC

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS STUDENTS to PERFORM in DEBBIE ALLEN’s BROTHERS of the KNIGHT in DC

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ students, Anya Jones and Danielle Jones, both 10 years old,  were selected by Debbie Allen Dance Academy to perform in their Washington DC Company of Brothers of the Knight, playing Thurs., July 10 through Sun., July 13 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Ticket prices range from $35 to $75. The Brothers of the Knight dance performance was adapted from the book, Brother of the Knight, authored by Debbie Allen. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org or www.warnertheatredc.com.

Brothers of the Knight depicts a modern fable, where Reverend Knight can't understand why his 12 sons' sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren't talking. Brothers of the Knight is available for purchase on www.amazon.com.

Police investigate overnight homicide in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating are overnight homicide in Fairfax County.

Officials were called to the area of Backlick Road and Highland Street in Springfield around 10:05 p.m. Saturday for the report of a man lying in the roadway, possibly struck by a vehicle.

When police located the man, they determined he had an injury to the upper body that was not consistent with a vehicle crash, officials said.

Officials identified the victim Tuesday as 24-year-old Junior Abel Flores, of Springfield.

Flores was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS, or by texting TIP187 plus your message to CRIMES, or email your tip by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org and following the link to send tips by email.


Woman upset over denied military discount


SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Hundreds of stores across the Washington region offer discounts to military personnel and their families.

Some have even increased those discounts around the holidays like Memorial Day, when the country honors those who gave their lives to defend our freedom.

But what is advertised is not always what you get.

One local woman, the wife of an active duty Marine, tells WUSA9 that she was denied the 10 percent discount that Home Depot has long promoted.

Meredith, an Alexandria resident, does not want her last name used. She says the clerk at the Springfield Home Depot store was rude after denying her the discount on $50 worth of plants she was buying, even though she produced the required military identification.

She says the manager was more polite, but told her the long term discount policy had policy had changed.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS TAP ENSEMBLE  PERFORMS AT WEDNESDAY’s CHILD GALA

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Youth Tap Ensemble tapped their way through a choreographed performance at the Wednesday’s Child Gala, which hosted potential adoptive parents and children at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

The Metropolitan School of the Arts Tap Ensemble is the resident, pre-professional tap dance company at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton, Va.  Tap dancers are 12- to 17 years old, and most of them have been tap dancing since kindergarten.  The 11 dancers in this year’s company are selected and audition every year to be a part of the ensemble.  They have performed in a variety of venues from New York City to Chicago, as well as the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.