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  • Academy Open House/Master Classes

    Singer-actress Nova Payton and Melissa Rector of the Koresh Dance Company taught free master classes as part of an open house Monday for the Academy at Metropolitan School of the Arts The classes, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., were open to prospective students as well as youth who currently attend the school.

    Payton, a Washington, D.C., native who has appeared in 3 Mo’ Divas, on television, and in numerous regional theatre productions and concerts across the U.S. and around the world, coached and worked with several current Academy students who performed their audition songs in front of an audience. Rector, the artistic director for the Koresh Youth Ensemble in Philadelphia, frequently travels around the country to perform, teach, and set choreography for students. Her unique style blends modern jazz and Luigi technique.

    For more information, contact academy@metropolitanarts.org. To see more photos, go to my Facebook album here.