The JPP 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. JPP is a training program for the studio’s award winning IPP program, graduates of the JPP will move into the IPP on January 1st when they are 13 years of age or if they are invited sooner by their teacher’s.
Where did the JPP come from?
As a staff group, we felt that the success of our IPP curriculum could be repeated for students between the ages of 9 and 12 years of age. We felt the experience younger students would get from working together as a team from a young age will strengthen the students group work ongoing. We are also very passionate about creating well rounded students who are trained in a variety of dance styles. By giving parents a single cost, “all you can dance” package, we knew the advantages that this would have not only for the students who would have the chance to do more classes but also for the parents who would not have an ever increasing series of fees to pay, instead just the one ﬂat weekly payment that does not change.
My 13 year old daughter would sleep at PMPA if I would allow. She is part of the Junior Performance Program and is lucky enough to be taught by all teachers at PMPA. Melodie is a part of the teacher trainee program and I love that she is able to pass on the teaching skills she has gained over the years to the younger children. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing Melodie be greeted by the younger children with smiles and hugs and the pure joy on her face in return. PMPA is much more than a dance school to her it is a family.
Whilst we want to give our dedicated dancers the best opportunity to become professional performers, we understand that not all of the dancers in our Junior 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 in the studio. 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
- develop a sense of conﬁdence when speaking or making a presentation in a
public setting, which is also a great beneﬁt in students school work and conﬁdence;
- 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.
The JPP students during the next few years will take part in dance camp and other opportunities as selected by the staff throughout the year. The JPP 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 9 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.