Dance & Drama Classes for Children in Crawley
Karen Foster is the 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 MHPA, 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 MHPA and have been written exclusively by Karen for her Business. There were 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, cheerleading, acrobatic arts, acro dance, contemporary and pilates classes. Karen is a qualified dance teacher and current registered teaching member with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility. She also has a diploma in Pilates and is a level 2 cheerleading coach.
Audition Success by the Children:
MHPA children have succeffully auditioned for parts in professional ballet perfromances, professional pantomimes and touring West End Productions.
2020 will also see the first of our students attend a dance college, as the age of enrolment for our dancers was capped when MHPA was established. So our oldest students are now only 16 but have already achieved so much and continue to inspire the younger dancers, as they progress in their own dance journey, both with us and beyond!
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.