This dance style focuses on bringing the three skills of a performer together, dancing, acting and singing. Our students develop many skills and increase their imagination and creativity through characterisation and storytelling. We teach a wide variety of songs and routines from old and new Broadway musicals like School of Rock, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Chicago, Grease, Bring it on, Fosse, and so many more. While ensuring to instill proper dance technique, teamwork skills and self-confidence, our students can confidently perform class routines in front of an audience. The class is one hour long and consists of a warm-up, technical components such as posture and alignment exercises, footwork combinations, kicks, turns and leaps. This is followed by a dance routine learnt at the end, all within a fun, safe and encouraging environment.
Contemporary dance is a very expressive dance class that combines elements of jazz, lyrical and ballet. It strives to connect the mind and the body while developing technical components such as posture, poise, balance, strength and agility. The dance style is very interpretative and often focuses on emotions and storytelling while developing improvisational skills.
Hip Hop is a vibrant form of dance that incorporates different street dance styles and is typically danced to hip hop, R&B, funk or pop music. It original comes from the Bronx, New York, but has deep historical and social roots in the African American culture. Hip hop is a fun, energetic style that can bring out your fierce side. Hip hop classes at MSPA encourage confidence, individuality and versatility all within a safe and enjoyable environment.
Tap builds strength in the legs and feet, in addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. Tap dancing also develops a great sense of rhythm and timing. Here at MSPA we teach both Modern and Broadway Tap with a little Street Tap thrown in also. There are 2 class levels, Beginners & Intermediate. Each student is accessed and put into their level of capability.
Creative drama is a chance for children to learn and play in a controlled and secure environment. They learn to push their own boundaries of confidence, preparing them for world world full of challenges and obstacles. Creative drama gives children the sense of self, to be confident and have empathy towards the feelings of others.
Creative drama can include dramatic play, improvisation, acting, mime, story telling, imagination journeys, theatre games and dance. Students are also involved in various projects like short stories, monologues & short movies. This develops them in many other areas of acting. They learn to act for stage & camera, prepare a role and interact with other actors.
Every year, our students have the opportunity to enter the Feis Maitiu drama competition to showcase their monologues or duologues in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.
Children will study performance, literature, public speaking and interview technique in our Speech and Drama Examination Class, with the intention to sit grade exams in June or December. The Speech & Drama examinations from Kindergarten to Senior Cert encompass performance in poetry, prose, drama, mime, reading, theory and conversation in a fun and comfortable environment. We must ensure that enough time is allocated to each student, therefore we keep class numbers between 12 and 14. The skills obtained from graded exams encourage pupils to be articulate, strong minded and confident. All of which children carry forward to adult life. This class needs to be pre-booked.