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Performing arts is about so much more than singing, dancing and acting.  It's about equipping students with life-changing skills to assist their emotional and physical development.

Our students work at a range of ability levels - and whilst some ooze confidence, there are plenty of others that come to our sessions to unlock it.

We have many students too nervous to even say their name in front of a group when they first start working with us, who go onto volunteer themselves for solo lines and lead roles after just a 12 week term of working with us.

The Mendip Performing Arts Academy is an investment in your child's development and future (as well as having lots of fun along the way).

Gently encouraging our students to believe in themselves and do things they never believed they were capable of, is at the heart of everything we do here at the Academy.

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Whether it is just for fun and skills building, or your child has their sights set on a career in the performing arts industry, being a 'triple threat' performer is now more crucial than ever.

A triple threat is a performer trained equally in all three aspects of singing, dancing and acting - and that is precisely what we offer at the academy.  A well balanced programme of activity, all wrapped up in one weekly class.

To compliment our group classes and enhance your child's training we can also offer One to One training and LAMDA examination teaching in Musical Theatre.  

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As a parent or carer making an investment in our classes we know that you want to see how your child is progressing.

We have an 'open door' policy in all of our classes and parents are invited to observe a class at any time.  We also hold a showcase at the end of each 12 week term for our Mini's and Midi's classes, and we invite parents and carers of students to attend.

We have a Facebook 'Parents Hub' which is only open to current Academy parents and carers.  Here, we post class material for students to practice in between sessions, our practice routine tips and other updates and special offers open only to current Academy students. 

We also have a half-termly email newsletter to keep parents and carers up to date.

We love feedback and if at any point your child isn't enjoying classes, or classes aren't quite what you expected, we want to know.  Chat to us inside or outside of class to make sure that we're all supporting your child in the best way possible.

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We find opportunities for our students to perform wherever possible.

As a minimum they will perform in the end of term showcase, but we also have links with local drama groups and associations and will put our students forward for opportunities as and when they arise.

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Our small, but perfectly formed teaching team is headed up by Principal Rosie Skinner, a former professional performer and musical theatre graduate who adores working with our students students to develop their passion and skills in performing arts, dance, singing, drama and musical theatre.

You can find out more about Rosie here.

We aren't part of a franchise - we are a completely independent, local theatre school.

We also work with former drama and dance teachers, industry professionals and current performers throughout the course of the terms to give the students a rounded education in the different performance disciplines.

We use a lot of modern techniques to teach, leaning towards modern, younger generation friendly musicals and current pop music to engage our students and open their eyes to the choices available to enhance their repertoire and learning journey!

That's not to say we don't love the classics - but Musical Theatre can sometimes have a dull reputation with younger generations and we are here to squish that.

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We love to celebrate our students and award them for their achievements.

We regularly take opportunities to hold prize giving sessions, awarding certificates, trophies and medals, to give them the opportunity to step back and see how far they have come in their time working with us.

Each week our Mendip Mini's enjoy working hard to win the coveted 'Superstar of the Week' trophy and certificate - awarded to the student who tries their hardest and listens the best that week.

We are consistently monitoring the progress of our students and will let parents or carers know when we feel a student should consider moving up into the next group, or consider one to one sessions for LAMDA examination.  We are always available to discuss a student's progress with a parent or carer - and keep our classes small, so that we can monitor this and have those valuable conversations in detail.

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