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Aria Dance Company: Aria is based in ballet and explores modern, folk, jazz and character dancing. This nonprofit dance company was founded by the current artistic director, Christina Vandenberg-Suju. Dancers range from age 12 and older and must be on pointe. Aria performs throughout the region on a regular basis creating choreography for seasonal presentations while maintaining its company repertoire. For information, call Ninth Avenue School of Dance at (253) 924-0621 or visit www.intodance.com.
Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory: Federal Ways resident nonprofit professional theater company offers classes in beginning drama, stage makeup, acting and audition workshops at the studio located at 1626 S. 341st Place. Centerstage performances of dramas and musicals are at the studio and the Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road. Call (253) 661-1444.
Federal Way Chorale: The 80-member choir of the Federal Way Chorale performs two concerts during its season, which runs September through May, and at community events. Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Federal Way United Methodist Church. Open auditions are held in September and January. For information, call Andrew T. Miller at (206) 999-7000.
Federal Way Symphony: The Federal Way Symphony Orchestra was founded in Burien as the Highline Symphony in 1960 and moved to Federal Way in 1985, performing under the name of the Federal Way Philharmonic for 14 years. In 1999, the orchestra changed its name to the Federal Way Symphony. The 60-piece orchestra performs its series of concerts under the direction of A. Brian Davenport at Community of Christ at St. Lukes Church, 515 S. 312th St., Federal Way. Membership is determined by audition. Call Mary Gates at (253) 529-9857 or visit www.federalwaysymphony.org.
Harmony Kings: As a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Harmony Kings are dedicated to the preservation of this original American art form. Under the direction of Jim Blokzyl, the nonprofit group of about 50 members and singers, including a few quartets, performs at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area. This male cont: barbershop chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St. For information, call Jim Blokzyl, (253) 874-3764.
Jet Cities Chorus: Founded in 1962, the 60 women of Jet Cities Chorus perform as a group or in quartets in shows, conventions, malls and banquets throughout the Puget Sound area. Women in all vocal ranges can join the award-winning group to sing a cappella four-part harmony. Rehearsals of this local chapter of Sweet Adelines International are held from 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2415 S. 320th St. For information, call Sue, (253) 874-9897.
Show Biz Kids: Independent performing company for kids age 5 through teens to learn skills in singing, acting and dance during one-hour rehearsals every Saturday at the Ninth Avenue Dance Studio. Local and regional performances are held about every 12 weeks. No audition necessary. For information, call Susan Apple Manegold, director, at (253) 661-2642.
Showstoppers Dance Group: Established in 1994, Showstoppers Dance Group explores various types of dance including jazz, lyrical and tap. The nonprofit dance group, comprised of dancers age 8 to 18, performs at various local events and in competitions. Auditions are throughout the year. For information, call (253) 924-0621.
Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts: FWCPA is comprised of seven local performing groups and represents about 300 performers. The groups are Aria Dance Company, Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory, Federal Way Chorale, Federal Way Symphony, Harmony Kings Barbershop Chorus, Jet Cities Sweet Adelines Chorus and Showstoppers Dance Group. The nonprofit FWCPA, organized in 1989, usually meets the second Wednesday of the month, except during the summer months. Call Joann Piquette at (253) 839-4389 or visit www.stageaction.com.