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Aria Dance Company: Based in ballet and explores modern, folk, jazz and character dancing. This non-profit 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 regularly performs throughout the region creating choreography for seasonal presentations while maintaining its company repertoire. Call (253) 924-0621 or visit www.intodance.com.

Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory: Federal Way’s resident nonprofit professional theater company, offers classes in beginning drama, stage make-up, 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. Call (253) 250-3326.

FW Symphony: Entertaining and educating South King County audiences for more than 25 years, the Federal Way Symphony remains one of the premier professional orchestras in Western Washington, featuring internationally acclaimed artists, a summer Symphonic Pops concert, an annual Garden Tour, and educational outreach programs including “Symphony in the Schools.” (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 Glen Smith, the nonprofit group of about 50 members and singers, including a few quartets, perform at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area. This male barbershop chorus meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St. Call (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 acappella four-part harmony. Call (253) 874-9897.

Knutzen Family Theatre: This is Federal Way’s very own live theater venue. Please visit their Web site for an updated schedule of events. The theater is located on 3200 SW Dash Point Road. To learn more, call (253) 835-2020 or visit www.kftevents.com.

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 every 12 weeks. No audition necessary. Call (253) 661-2642.

Showstoppers: Established in 1994, Showstoppers Dance Group explores types of dance including jazz, lyrical and tap. The nonprofit group, comprised of dancers ages 8 to 18, performs at local events and in competitions. Call (253) 924-0621.

Pacific Ballroom Dance: This award-winning ballroom dancing group features dozens of young Federal Way dancers of all ages and skill levels. To learn more, visit www.pacificballroom.org.

Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts: FWCPA is comprised of seven local performing groups and represents approximately 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 (253) 839-4389 or visit www.stageaction.com.

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