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.

Both Jones girls, who are not related, have been practicing ballet, jazz, tap and musical theatre for the past six years. Anya will be performing as Happette, and Danielle will part of the church scene in Brothers of the Knight.


The girls’ instructor, Metropolitan School of the Arts’ associate director of dance, Jason Holley, started his career more than a decade performing in Brothers of the Knight and trained under his mentor, Debbie Allen in Los Angeles.

“This is a full circle moment for me, to watch my own students perform in the same show where I got my start,” said Jason Holley, associate director of dance at Metropolitan School of Arts of Lorton, Va.  “Debbie Allen is a phenomenal teacher and performer, and I’m thrilled my students get to work with her,” said Holley.

 “The Debbie Allen Dance Academy has been instrumental in bringing some great new talent to our industry, and we’re so fortunate that our students were selected to be part of Ms. Allen’s Brothers of the Knight performance,” said Melissa Dobbs, president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Lorton, Va.

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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