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:
Our most recent workshops have been held on zoom, in line with the current lockdown guidelines. Some of these have included a Hamilton workshop, with a member of the original cast, a Frozen workshop with Princess Anna, a Yoga and mindfulness workshop, School of Rock, The Body Guard, Wicked, SIX, Descendants and more!
Prior to lockdown and COVID restrictions we held regular holiday workshops with both internal and external teachers. Our last face to face workshop, was an Aerial Silks workshop in February 2020.
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 in 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 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 syllabus in our core subjects of Ballet, Tap and Modern.
We support and educate our dance and performing arts students with external auditions for many professional and amateur productions/colleges. 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.
Some of our students have also recently been undertaking virtual or online auditions for performaces, agencies and colleges and we are supporting them with this process, despite not being physically with them, at this time.
Please get in touch for further information or to join a class