What is the IPP?

The IPP is a program designed to give parents the best value for money for their child’s dance training whilst also providing highly quality technique classes and performance opportunities for our students.


Where did the IPP come from?

As a staff group, we felt that our current curriculum was not working as well as it could in our senior years. Since 2014, we have been rehearsing and choreographing competition routines in technique class time. We as a staff group feel that this has not been the most efficient way of training, though at the time as we did not want the students to miss out on the eisteddfod routines they were accustomed to competing in, we pushed on, combining technique and group rehearsal together in each 45min lesson. This resulted in the students doing lots of groups well but not any groups brilliantly. In 2018 we want to work for quality not quantity.

My Daughter Rebecca has just turned 16 and loves being apart of the intensive performance program. Rebecca does an arrangement of classes Ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, conditioning ect. Rebecca is very fortunate to be blessed and be taught by Miss Stacey, Miss Vanessa, Mr Kye, Miss Ange, Miss Francessca, Miss Teghan & Miss Jessie. I love seeing all of the amazing opportunities that is offered to Rebecca. She has blossomed and is pushing herself beyond anything she thought was possible.


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Who can be part of the IPP?

Just like in the past in order to be a performance student, dancers must complete 2 ballet syllabus lessons per week. In addition to this for the IPP we would like students to participate in one tap class, one singing class and one conditioning class per week of their choice. For those students concerned about tapping for the first time or seniors coming back to tap after many years, we have brought in a new tap class called ‘Tap for fun’ to cater for these students. Tap is an important skill set to have in order to set our dancers up for maximum employability when they graduate, plus its so much fun! In 2018 the Intensive Performance Program will take place on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm.

What do I get if I enrol?

If you enrol in the IPP, your dance timetable for the week goes as follows:

  • Monday – 3 hours of IPP including Tap, Singing and Conditioning.
  • Wednesday – Ballet and Tap Syllabus Classes, Classical Repertoire
  • Friday – Ballet Syllabus classes, Technique classes for Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

The Monday night programme will feature training in many styles of dance, guest teachers, conditioning class, performance work, audition preparation, choreography and most importantly rehearsals for group competition pieces.

Why do the IPP?

There are many reasons to enrol in the IPP at PMPA.

Financial:  If you are to enrol in the IPP, you will pay one flat fee for dance per week of $125 and this will entitle you to unlimited classes of your choice. Costume hire, private lessons and participation charges for events are additional.In contrast, paying per class for the standard classes eg. One in each style and two ballet syllabus classes for 2020 would work out as follows:

  • Ballet Syllabus: $17.85 (x3 classes)
  • Jazz Technique: $17.85
  • Contemporary Technique: $17.85
  • Musical Theatre Technique: $17.85
  • Tap Class: $17.85

And your total is $125 per week.

With the IPP, you may choose to take all the classes being offered in your age group and more:

  • Ballet Syllabus: $17.85 (x2 or 3 classes)
  • Jazz Technique: $17.85
  • Contemporary Technique: $17.85
  • Musical Theatre Technique: $17.85
  • Tap Class: $17.85

Add to this any of the extra classes PMPA provide –

  • Open Ballet – $23.80
  • Repertoire – $23.80
  • Conditioning – $17.85
  • Pointe classes: $23.80
  • RAD Classical Ballet – $17.85

Class value – $232.05 (a saving of $107.05 per week)

Add to this the 3 hours of tuition students will have as part of the IPP, which is valued at $71.

Which gives a total value of the programme per week of $303.05 (a saving of over $178 per week)

Over the past 3 years, we have been offering many free classes to PMPA students. The following lessons have been complimentary in the past, Open Ballet, Repertoire, Conditioning, Pointe classes and rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty, FAME and ADF. As you can imagine providing all of those classes without charge across the age groups has put a huge financial strain on the business. And whilst I will still be able to offer pointe classes to our students for free, due to our rising overheads in 2014 will need to charge for all senior classes at a senior class rate unless students are enrolled in the IPP.

As you can see the IPP is great value for money.

Teamwork: Working with a group of dedicated, passionate students.

Not all of the dancers in our Intensive Program will move on to professional dance careers; therefore, the program focuses on educating all young people to strive for their personal best in anything they want to accomplish. As part of the program we will provide students with performance opportunities that are not open to other students.  Goal setting, team building and industry preparation will make up an important part of the program. We as staff achieve our goals for the program by offering young people the chance to:

  • gain a sense of balance in life by managing their commitments to both dance and academics;
  • participate in a physical activity that enhances understanding of the value of a healthy body;
  • develop a sense of confidence when speaking or making a presentation in a public setting, which is also a great benefit in university or job interviews;
  • work with mentors who are focused on the students’ success inside and outside of the classroom;
  • enjoy friendships that could last a lifetime and a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers, and parents who train and travel together;
  • discover the results of hard work and determination; and
  • develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts.

Performance opportunities: The IPP students will take part in dance camp, GDC, ADF and other opportunities as selected by the staff throughout the year. The IPP students will be the main representation group of PMPA at eisteddfods.

This is in addition to our two shows per year at The Glasshouse, the PMPA Annual Showcase and the PMPA End of Year Concert & Ballet/Musical.

I hope you see the value in this program for all of our dancers 13 years and above. We as a staff group are very excited about the program and its potential to give all dancers the best possible chance to be the best dancers they can be. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to ask any questions you may have with us in person, over the phone or email.

We offer Scholarships every year for our dancers, chosen by Independant adjudicators and awarded at our Annual Awards presentation.

Each year we celebrate our love of dance with a Summer Dance Intensive, featuring Industry professional teachers.

Our IPP performs at both our Showcase and End of Year Concert at The Glasshouse.