Proud to have been offering classes to children in Maidenbower for over 11 years
Karen Foster is the founder of Musical Hands and principal of Musical Hands Performing Arts.
She is a Mother to two girls and was a professional dancer until the birth of her second daughter in 2007. Karen has used her performance experience in the creation and execution of all the baby and toddler classes, which were the initial classes that established Musical Hands, as a Business in Maidenbower, in Crawley, in 2008.
Introduction of Music, Movement and Signing Classes: (2008)
The baby, toddler and pre-school music, movement and signing classes are unique to Musical Hands and have been written exclusively by Karen for her Business. There is no other class the same anywhere! The content evolves and progresses as the children get older and the structure and style of the class has been created to capture and enhance the imagination of the children, whilst learning musicality, basic dance and Makaton signing - all in one class!
Introduction of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga (2009)
Nine months after establishing the signing classes, Karen enhanced the Musical Hands timetable to also offer baby yoga classes. Just over a year later, baby massage classes were also introduced.
Introduction of Dance Classes (2012)
Having trained in dance from the age of 3 and been fortunate enough to work as a professional dancer, Karen decided to finish her teaching qualifications and set up one pre-school ballet class a week. She did not know back then then that it would eventually evolve into the lovely, welcoming and friendly dance school it is now. Children can now attend ballet, tap, modern jazz, musical theatre, drama, singing, cheerleading & street classes. Karen is a qualified teacher and current registered teaching member with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
Audition Success by the Children:
The older children attending the dance classes are now following in their teacher's footsteps as they have successfully auditioned for juvenile dancers in professional pantomime's and touring West End Productions. The oldest children attending classes are still only 14 years old, so this is a big achievement, especially considering most have only been dancing since 2012, at the earliest and some a lot less!
Christmas 2019 - MHPA will have children in the Hawth (Crawley) and the Capitol (Horsham) pantomimes, as well as in the Nutcracker Ballet at the Hawth (Crawley).
MHPA offer the following classes in Maidenbower, Crawley. Ballet classes, Tap classes, Street classes, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre classes, Jazz classes, Modern classes, Singing lessons, Drama classes, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Baby and Toddler Music & Movement classes, Makaton Signing classes.