Everything we offer at MHPA is optional and no child or family ever have to take part in any of our productions, exams, medal tests or shows if they do not want to.
Workshops and Summer Schools:
We hold regular holiday workshops with both internal and external teachers. Our last external workshop was an Aerial Silks workshop on the 18 February 2020 and the next internal workshop will be an Easter workshop, including dancing, singing, acting, crafts, games, Easter hunt and more! Previous workshops have also included dancing with a performer from the West End Shows Matilda and Mama Mia. We also hold an annual summer school for the children.
Badges and Certificates:
In our Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Street and Pre-School classes, we offer the children the opportunity to take and attempt to pass dance badges, within their usual weekly classes. These are then awarded to the children, with the parents watching, at the end of the term they were completed/passed.
Medal Performance Awards:
Our annual medal performance awards are where the children perform a dance, song or drama piece, in a costume, to an audience and an external examiner, to achieve a grade, certificate and medal. The last performance awards were on the 20 October 2019 and we had a 100% pass rate (107 medals were taken). These are completely optional and no child has to take part - they are all inclusive and are offered to all students and it is their choice (as well as their parents!) whether they wish to take a medal performance award.
Exams are not compulsory at MHPA. We recognise that some children will not want to take an exam and they can continue to enjoy their dance lessons and move on in their grades, without the pressure or worry of taking an exam. Other children will be invited to take an exam when they are ready. We currently follow the ISTD and IDTA official syllabus in our core subjects.
We support and educate our dance and performing arts students with external auditions for many professional and amateur productions. We have had children performing in many productions and all have been achieved through a successful audition process. We are however, proud of all students who audition whether successful or not. Recent performances for MHPA students include - Dick Whittington Pantomime at the Hawth, Peter Pan Pantomime at the Capital, The Nutcracker at the Hawth and upcoming productions for some MHPA students are - Treasure Island & Oliver.
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